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2013 May 13 - 12:00 am

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  • New Name Would Give Mo. College Statewide Appeal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri college soon could have a new name with a statewide appeal.

Missouri senators gave final approval to a bill changing the name of Linn State Technical College to the State Technical College of Missouri.

If Gov. Jay Nixon signs the bill, the name change would take effect on July 1, 2014.

The school in the central Missouri town of Linn already was the only two-year technical college given a statewide role under Missouri law. Sen. Mike Kehoe, a Republican from Jefferson City, says the new name will better reflect its mission.

The college offers certificates and associate degrees with an emphasis on industrial and technology programs.

  • Top RI Cops Support Arming Police on College Campuses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island law enforcement officials are urging state legislators to allow public college police officers to carry guns.

Maj. Stephen Baker of the University of Rhode Island campus police told the House Judiciary Committee that it’s unconscionable his officers can’t carry guns given the dangers police face. Rhode Island is the only state that doesn’t allow public college officers to have firearms.

The Providence Journal also reports that state Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has informed the committee that he supports the bill, which would allow officers at URI, Rhode Island College and the Community College to carry guns.

Lawmakers introduced the bill following an incident earlier this month at URI where reports of a gunman sent students running from classrooms. Police found no gun and no shooter.

  • NH Legislation Promotes Biz Partnerships

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Businesses that partner with community colleges on workforce development would get tax credits under a bill being introduced by U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire.

Kuster, who has been visiting businesses and colleges throughout the state as part of her “Congress at Your Company” initiative, says one of the top concerns she hears is that businesses can’t find workers with the right skills for the job. She says her bill, being filed Thursday, will help close that skills gap by giving companies an incentive to work with educational institutions.

The bill would provide up to $10,000 in annual tax credits to businesses that help colleges develop curriculum, assist with classroom instruction and provide internships or other hands-on opportunities for students.

  • Kan. College OKs Improvements to Athletic Complex

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Garden City Community College plans to spend $2.2 million to improve its athletic facilities.

The college says the project will allow it to re-establish its track program, which was discontinued in 2007.

The college Board of Trustees authorized the project, which will include an eight-lane collegiate track and football and women’s soccer fields. The improvements will be made at the site of the current track next to the Tangeman Sports Complex.

College president Herbert Swender says the project will be funded by the school’s general fund, increased student tuition and fees, and donations.

The school hopes to have the project completed by Aug. 16.

  • Five NM Colleges Back Center on SFCC Campus

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College has started construction of its new higher education center, a facility being built in partnership with four other New Mexico schools.

The center is expected to open in the fall of 2014, enabling students to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degree in Santa Fe.

Participating schools include the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

New Mexico State University will join the partnership in July.

Building the facility and paying for the site will cost about $12.5 million. Funding is coming from bond money approved by voters in 2010.

The center will serve approximately 800 students. That’s an increase from the nearly 500 now in a pilot project.

  • Neb. College Reports Steep Enrollment Drop

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Southeast Community College officials are reporting double-digit declines in enrollment.

College President Jack Huck released figures for the spring quarter and for all four quarters of the year. The year-to-year figure is down nearly 12 percent, and the spring quarter enrollment is down around 17 percent from the 2012 figure. The school says the final count of full-time students for the 2012-13 school year is just over 8,800, compared with just under 10,000 the year before.

Officials say many community colleges across the nation are experiencing declines in enrollment, with fewer high school graduates and an improving economy.

The district serves 15 counties in southeast Nebraska and has campuses in Lincoln, Beatrice and Milford.

  • Pima Chancellor Candidates Will Meet Employees

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)—The four finalists for the chancellor’s position at Pima Community College will participate in a forum in the coming weeks to give the public and college employees a chance to meet them.

The college’s governing board hopes to have a new chancellor on the job by July.

The four finalists all currently work as college presidents.

The finalists are Terrence J. Burgess of San Diego City College, Lee D. Lambert of Shoreline Community College in Washington, Greg P. Smith of Central Community College in Columbus, Neb., and Elnora Tena Webb of Laney College in Oakland, Calif.

Zelema Harris is the college’s interim chancellor.

  • Conn. Bill Allows Board To Name Its President

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill into law allowing Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education, not himself, to choose the board’s new president.

Malloy said in a written statement change will help the next leader “institute a long-term vision that increases stability and academic growth for students at the state’s colleges and universities.”

State law required the board governing four state universities, 12 community colleges and online university to submit a recommendation for a new president to the governor for approval. The president’s term would be served simultaneously with the governor’s.

Philip Austin, the interim president, urged lawmakers to change the law, arguing it could hamper recruiting efforts. Also, he said the change would insulate the person from politics.

Three candidates are currently under consideration.

  • Colleges in NE Pledge To Cut Food Waste

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seven colleges and universities in northern New England are part of an effort to cut the amount of food that’s going to waste.

The partnership with the EPA, which was announced in honor of Earth Day, aims to reduce the 1.6 million tons of food wasted each year in New England.

Participants in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge pledge to reduce food waste. All told, the number of participants has doubled to 23 colleges and universities across the region.

The Maine participants are the University of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington and College of the Atlantic. Vermont participants are Lyndon State College, Johnson State College and Vermont Technical College. Plymouth State University in New Hampshire is also participating.

  • Complaints at Colo. College Cut Drag Show Short

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Some Pueblo Community College students and performers say they suffered discrimination after a drag show was cut short at a school function.

Community college officials say the group had permission to perform in drag at Spring Fling, a family-friendly event, but the performers were told to keep things G-rated. The drag performers thought they had complied.

According to KOAA-TV, about a dozen complaints came in from students and from parents with young children there.

  • Mich. College Competing for Pentagon Award

DETROIT (AP) — Three Michigan employers are among 138 that have been named semifinalists for an award given for employer support of Guard and Reserve employees.

Mott Community College in Flint, Compuware Corp. in Detroit, Davenport University in Grand Rapids and are in the running for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

It’s presented by a Department of Defense operational committee called the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

This year’s 138 semifinalists stood out among 2,899 employers nominated by a Guard or Reserve employee.

ESGR will announce the 2013 Freedom Award finalists after a review board comprised of military and civilian leaders selects the 30 most supportive employers. Up to 15 award recipients will be announced
this summer and honored in Washington, D.C.

  • Delgado Plans New Campus in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Delgado Community College will build a new campus in eastern New Orleans, at the site of a technical school that closed after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site where Sidney Collier Technical College once stood. The site became part of Delgado in April 2010, when the community college merged
with Louisiana Technical College Region One.

Construction with $12 million in state money is scheduled to begin this month and end a year later. Work using another $9 million coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to begin in February 2014 and end in April 2015.

It will be called the Sidney Collier Campus of Delgado Community College.

Delgado has two campuses and offers classes at seven other locations.

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