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2013 July 22 - 12:00 am


  • NC College Plans New Degree in Beer Crafting

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The beer crafting industry is growing in western North Carolina, and Blue Ridge Community College plans to take advantage of that growth by offering an associate’s degree in the crafter beverage industry.

The associate in applied science degree program in Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation will be one of the few of its kind. The school joins Asheville-Buncombe Technical College and Rockingham Community College as the only three schools in North Carolina seeking final approval in the first year.

“I think it’s a great idea for a school to start this kind of program,” said Andy Cubbin, co-owner at Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville. “I think it’s growing about 15 or 16 percent a year.”

Chris English, the college’s dean of applied technology, compares beer production in western North Carolina with wine production in Napa Valley, Calif., in the 1970s.

The degree offering comes after the school started the Craft Beer Academy earlier this year, a series of courses on the subject.

English said the brewing, distillation and fermentation program links the fundamentals and science of brewing with hands-on manufacturing skills.

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical College program is focusing on the sales and service side of the business.

  • Move to 4-Yr. Degrees Means Name Change

COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Brevard Community College is now Eastern Florida State College.

In August, the school will start bachelor’s degree programs in general business administration and health care administration. Next year, eight more bachelor’s degree programs will be offered. Officials say 10 more associate degrees will be added by next year, too.

College president Jim Richey said that the additional programs focused on business, health care and information technologies will help students find jobs and help local businesses grow.

Trustee Steve Charpentier says Florida’s other community colleges have seen enrollment rise significantly after offering four-year degrees.

  • College Refutes Charges from Whistle-Blower

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Harrisburg Area Community College says an investigation has concluded a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against the school by a former public safety coordinator is unfounded.

Todd Crawley alleges he was removed from his position after refusing to create “a false report” regarding the school’s compliance with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act during a 2012 audit.

He says he alerted superiors the college hadn’t established a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. He alleges that, in March, he was blocked from performing his duties as director of public safety, but he wasn’t given a new title. He’s seeking reinstatement and back pay.

The school says an independent investigation conducted between March and this month found no evidence of misconduct or retaliation. School officials say the lawsuit is unfounded.

  • Scholarship Honors Late Storm Chaser

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Lake Tahoe Community College has established a scholarship to honor a veteran storm chaser killed by a tornado in Oklahoma.

The Carl Young Memorial Earth Science Scholarship is being established to honor the meteorology instructor who taught at the college in South Lake Tahoe.

Young and two colleagues were killed May 31 while collecting data on tornadoes just outside Oklahoma City.

Young, who earned a master’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Nevada, Reno, also was a top administrator of the League to Save Lake Tahoe conservation group.

He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the college in 2010 for his accomplishments in his field and impact on the Tahoe area.

Earth science instructor Scott Valentine worked with Young’s parents to establish the first-of-its-kind scholarship at the community college.

  • Transit Grant Allows Miss. Campus Upgrade

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A new $450,000 Mississippi Department of Transportation grant will make Pearl River Community College’s Poplarville campus just a little easier to navigate on foot.

The money, awarded by the MDOT via a federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant, will be used to enhance the commons area right in the heart of the campus.

That means extending the campus’s courtyard area and adding more landscaping, lighting and seating.

There also will be a pedestrian walkway from new parking areas currently under construction to the center of campus.

The Hattiesburg American reports Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King presented the check to PRCC President William Lewis at the Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg.

  • Inmates Finish 200th Habitat for Humanity House

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Inmates who take construction classes at Taylorville Correctional Center finished building their 200th home for Habitat for Humanity.

The program started 15 years ago as a partnership between the Illinois Department of Corrections, Luther Social Services of Illinois and Habitat for Humanity. Since then more than 350 inmates have helped build homes for needy central Illinois families.

Inmates in the program take construction trade classes at the prison as part of a vocational program with Lake Land Community College in Mattoon.

“These inmates learn the construction trade, the satisfaction of a hard day’s work, the importance of self worth and giving back to others_all valuable lessons that will greatly help them successfully re-enter their communities,” IDOC Director Tony Godinez said in a statement.

Habitat for Humanity and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois provide the materials for the homes. The materials are delivered to the prison. Inmates construct interior and exterior walls and erect them to make sure they fit. Then the walls are disassembled and loaded onto a trailer before they delivered to the Habitat for Humanity site. From there other volunteers reassemble and complete the homes.

  • NC Instructor Under Fire for Giveaway

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina state auditor says a Cape Fear Community College instructor gave a student a boat motor owned by the college in exchange for free access to the vessel.

The auditor’s office released a report finding an unidentified marine technology instructor gave the motor to a student then falsified inventory records to make it appear the motor was still in possession by the college. The report also implicated the instructor’s department chairman, saying he gave approval in a 2010 email.

The chairman told auditors he didn’t recall the email but may have skimmed it without noticing the request.

Auditors say the student received the motor one month before graduation and kept it for two years. The auditor’s office recommends disciplinary action against the instructor and the chairman.

  • NH Freezes Tuition at Seven 2-Yr. Colleges

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire says it is freezing tuition for the 2013-14 academic year at its seven colleges.

The trustees’ unanimous decision marks the fourth time since 2006 that New Hampshire’s community colleges have not raised tuition.

Ross Gittell, chancellor of the system, said holding the line on educational costs is critical to advance New Hampshire’s economy. He said by keeping community colleges affordable, opportunities are expanded for New Hampshire residents to gain higher education and workforce skills, improve their lives and employment prospects and support economic growth in the state.

In-state tuition for 2013-14 will remain at $210 per credit. A community college student will pay $5,040 in annual tuition for a minimum full-time course load.

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