- Md. College To Arm Safety Officers
WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Carroll Community College will soon arm some of its campus safetyofficers.
The school and the county sheriff’s office signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing responsibilities for the two forces after the college’s Board of Trustees voted to approve arming officers at its Westminster campus about 30 miles southeast ofBaltimore.
“It is our belief that having armed special police officers will better protect the college community and our officers during critical situations on campus,” Executive Vice President of Administration Alan Schuman said in a newsrelease.
The majority of the six full-time officers are retired police officers with experience carrying a firearm. They will be armed when the program is instituted in the next fewmonths.
There have been situations when officers have been armed for a day when there was a perceived threat, but this would be the first time they would be routinely armed, according to Sylvia Blair, executive assistant to thepresident.
Under the agreement, the college’s Office of Public Safety and Security will have jurisdiction over minor property crimes, alcohol violations and disorderly conduct complaints. The sheriff’s office will investigate violent crimes, missing person reports and all drugviolations.
“It allows the college and the sheriff’s office to work more closely in providing a safe environment for students,” said Col. Phil Kasten of the sheriff’soffice.
- W.Va. Launches Training Center For Gas, Oil Jobs
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A new training center for people who want to work in West Virginia’s oil and gas industry is opening in Fairmont, complete with indoor and outdoor laboratories to simulate drilling operations.
The Community and Technical College System announced the launch of the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Center in the I-79 Technology Park.
Pierpont Community and Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College are teaming up to offer associate and certificate programs in Petroleum Technology, plus a variety of other customized training programs.
Martin Olshinsky, president of West Virginia Northern, says the gas industry spoke, and the schools responded.
Both schools will house indoor drilling simulation labs, and they’ll share an outdoor lab in Fairmont.
- LePage Vetoes Maine College Tobacco Ban
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking at all public university and college campuses in Maine.
The Republican governor said in a veto message to the Legislature that “Maine people can make their own decisions” regarding tobacco.
He suggested that people opposed to smoking bring forward a bill that bans tobacco altogether, rather than “a patchwork” or laws and regulations that dictates where tobacco can be used.
The bill’s sponsor, Portland independent Rep. Benjamin Chipman, said he is “surprised and disappointed” with the veto. He says the bill would fix the current patchwork of smoking regulations at campuses that LePage opposes.
- Cuyahoga CC Taps Johnson as New President
CLEVELAND (AP) — A new president has been selected for Ohio’s largest community college, and he’s already familiar with the territory.
Trustees of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland selected Alex Johnson to succeed Jerry Sue Thornton as president.
Johnson led the college’s Metropolitan campus from 1993 to 2003. He is currently president of the Community College of Allegheny County, which has nine campuses and centers in the Pittsburgh area.
Since leaving Tri-C in 2003, he also served as chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.
The outgoing president served 21 years in Tri-C’s top job. Thornton’s retirement is effective June 30.
- Va. Colleges Hike Tuition, Fees By 4.4 percent
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tuition and fees at Virginia’s community colleges are going up.
The State Board for Community Colleges voted to increase in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate by 4.4 percent.
The increase translates to $5.50 more per credit hour next school year, which will cost a typical full-time student an additional $165 annually.
Tuition for out-of-state students also was increased.
Out-of-state students make up about 5 percent of the total enrollment of Virginia community colleges.
The board said the increase will allow the Virginia Community College System to expand programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and health science. It also will be used to increase the percentage of courses taught by full-time faculty from 45 to 47.5 percent.
- Ky. Community College Has New President
CUMBERLAND, Ky. (AP) — The new president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland is F. Lynn Moore, the vice president of student development and administrative services at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
Moore’s appointment was announced by Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall in Versailles.
Before going to Umpqua in Roseburg, Ore., Moore was dean of students and an adjunct instructor at Hill Community College District in Texas and supplemental education services director at Texas State Technical College.
Moore said in a statement from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System that she is “honored and proud” to be selected for the post.
She will begin her duties July 8 after the retirement of President Bruce Ayers, who has led the college for 26 years.
- Md. College Reveals Some Details Of Ouster
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick Community College has released some details about the ouster of its former president following a newspaper’s filing of a Public Information Act request and lawsuit.
The Frederick News-Post reports that the school released a redacted version of its eight-page settlement agreement with Frederico Talley.
The document says the college agreed to pay Talley half of his $180,000 annual salary. Talley left in January after six months on the job. He and school officials have said his departure reflected differences in vision and philosophy.
News-Post Publisher Geordie Wilson says the public deserves to know what differences led to Talley’s departure. The newspaper is seeking full disclosure of the settlement agreement in a lawsuit.
- Miss. College Tuition, Payroll Rising
SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) — The Southwest Mississippi Community College board of trustees has voted to raise tuition for the 2013-14 academic year.
The move follows three other state community colleges’ recent decisions to raise tuition.
“We haven’t raised tuition in three years. We felt like we needed a slight increase to maintain the quality in instruction,” SMCC President Dr. Steve Bishop said. “We’re still very economical in comparison to other colleges.”
The Enterprise-Journal reports that tuition increase is expected to bring in an additional $350,000 per year.
For full-time students, registration fees increase by $125 per semester from $975 to $1,100. Student services and technology fees are each raised $35 per semester to $50 per semester. Also, boarding in dormitory rooms will increase by $30 to $680 per semester. The current state average is $747 to $854 per semester.
Trustees voted to increase the associate degree in nursing fee by $75. The higher fee will allow students to use any available financial aid to pay for the course.
- Utah Softball Player Rescues Swimmer
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake Community College softball player is being credited for rescuing a swimmer in a lake Twin Falls, Idaho.
The team travelled there for a round of playoff games and took a break to visit nearby Dierkes Lake.
The team was packing up when a man in the lake who appeared to be in his 20’s started yelling and waving his arms.
Freshman player and former lifeguard Megan Bradshaw jumped in the water. Bradshaw and the husband of a teammate then pulled the swimmer onshore.
Bradshaw tells KSL-TV, “I’ve never had anything like that happen to me. It doesn’t seem real.”
Bradshaw says the man told her he began floundering when his legs cramped up and thanked her for pulling him out of the lake.