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2013 September 30 - 12:00 am

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  • NM College Selling Naming Rights for Campus Buildings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Central New Mexico Community College plans to raise scholarship money by selling naming rights for all of its buildings.

CNM Foundation Executive Director Lisa McCollough says it’s a great opportunity for purchasers to leave a legacy in their community while investing in the area’s economy and its workforce.

The college has about 300 buildings on its seven campuses in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

KRQE-TV reports that the college reserves the right to remove any name if circumstances warrant it.

  • Voter-Approved Tax Boosts Enrollment at California Colleges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s community colleges are set to increase enrollment for the first time in years, and officials are crediting a voter-approved tax for the bump.

College officials announced on Wednesday that the state’s community college system is expected to add about 60,000 students this year. Overall, the system had about 600,000 fewer students in 2012 than it did in 2008, as budget cuts during the economic downturn resulted in fewer course offerings. The state’s community colleges enrolled 2.3 million students last year, down from 2.9 million in 2008.

Community colleges must enroll all students unless there aren’t enough classes for them.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, officials say Proposition 30 — a tax measure approved by voters in November — is allowing schools to restore course offerings.

  • Miss. Hoops Coach Resigns After Arrest On DUI Charge

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jones County Junior College women’s head basketball coach Kelton Thompson has resigned after his arrest in Bay St. Louis.

JCJC officials say Thompson submitted his resignation and it was immediately accepted.

Kelton had been hired in April after the retirement of Sandra Sumrall.

Records show Thompson was arrested by the Bay St. Louis Police Department and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and careless driving. No trial date has been set.

Thompson was placed on administrative probation following his arrest.

In a prepared statement, Thompson apologized for letting down the school, his family and friends.

Danera Forrest, who has served as the women’s assistant coach for the last three seasons at JCJC, was named interim coach.

  • Vermont State Colleges, Union At Impasse

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The governing organization over Vermont’s state colleges and a union have reached an impasse on a new labor contract that covers 250 employees.

Vermont State Colleges and the union representing 220 full-time and 30-part time administrative and service employees are at a standoff over wages and retirement benefits.

The Times Argus reports that the previous contract expired June 30, and that negotiations on a new contract fell apart in July.

The contract represents workers at Castleton State College, Lyndon State College, Johnson State College and Vermont Technical College. Faculty members have a separate bargaining unit and aren’t involved in the dispute.

With an impasse declared, the two sides will begin mediation in October.

  • Seattle College Adds Research Ship to Fleet

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Central Community College has added a research vessel valued at between $7 million and $12 million to its fleet.

The 224-foot-long Bold will be used for merchant-marine training and oceanographic research.

The former Navy vessel was also used by the Environmental Protection Agency for water-quality research in the Florida Keys.

Seattle Central’s Maritime Academy will keep the teaching vessel near the Ballard Bridge when it’s not out to sea.

The school competed with other states across the country to buy the Bold, with some help from Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle. It will cost the college just $5,000.

The Bold is a Washington native, commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1989 and built in Tacoma by the Tacoma Boat Building Co.

  • Miss. Schools Sign Degree Completion Pact

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University and Holmes Community College have signed a partnership to increase educational opportunities and degree completion for students.

The memorandum of understanding will allow Holmes students to pursue a bachelor’s degree from JSU in selected fields, including elementary education and criminal justice.

Jackson State will provide junior and senior level courses, creating a process for the students to receive a JSU degree without leaving the Ridgeland campus.

Holmes will provide classroom space and a list of potential graduates and their corresponding degree programs.

Both institutions will develop an outline of courses to be taken at Holmes and those to be taken at JSU. Holmes students can use the prescribed courses toward a specific degree plan at JSU.

“This partnership contributes to students’ sense of place by allowing them to continue their education without leaving...the Ridgeland campus of Holmes Community College,” JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers said in a statement.

  • Inmate Art on Display at Va. Western CC

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Artwork by Virginia prisoners is on display at Virginia Western Community College.

The art show includes 52 pieces from about 26 inmates at the Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap.

Adjunct professor Jon Perry organized the show with the college’s Criminal Justice Club.

The artwork was done in ink. Inmates were allowed a 5-inch flexible pen to prevent them from using it as a weapon.

The Roanoke Times reports some inmates added color to their paper art by using dye from candy or powdered drink mix.

The show runs until Oct. 9.

  • Ga. Technical College Names New President

ATLANTA (AP) — Technical College System of Georgia officials have appointed a new president for a school in northwest Georgia.

The system’s board members unanimously approved Pete McDonald to serve as the next president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Officials say McDonald has served as the school’s acting president since last April. McDonald began working as the college’s vice president of economic development in April 1995 and also has a background in information technology.

McDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and a master of business administration degree from Berry College.

  • Miss. Police Cadets Complete College Training

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nearly two dozen men and women have completed a Jones County law enforcement academy and are now certified to be part-time officers in Mississippi.

WDAM reports the 20 cadets at the Sandersville Regional Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy received certificates at Jones County Junior College.

Program officials say they completed 240 hours of classroom and field training over a five-month period.

Training included instruction on Constitutional and state law, defensive driving and proper use of firearms.

  • Mich. Senator Unveils Job Training Plan

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has unveiled a plan in suburban Detroit designed to boost states’ high-skilled job-training programs.

The Michigan Democrat said that the New Skills for New Jobs Act would build on efforts in Michigan and several other states that are helping community colleges work with local businesses to provide worker training.

Stabenow’s bill would provide a federal match equal to the state training reimbursement from efforts such as the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. The plan would repay community colleges for the training more quickly and aims to increase the number of eligible companies and workers.

Businesses have said that they are having trouble finding qualified workers for many skilled jobs.

She shared details of the proposal at Oakland Community College’s Advanced Technology Center in Auburn Hills.

  • Md. Academy Grads Headed To Careers as Cops

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Hagerstown Community College’s police academy has graduated its first class.

The graduates are now going on to work at the Hagerstown Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office and the Taneytown Police Department.

Graduates of the six-month course receive certification to work at any police department in Maryland with the exception of the Maryland State Police, which has its own training facility.

“I feel like the academy was well worth it,” said graduate Kristin Craft. “It was tough, but it was worth it.”

  • Maricopa To Add 360 Full-Time Faculty Members

PHOENIX (AP) — The community college system that serves most of the Phoenix area says it hopes to keep students from dropping out by increasing the ranks of its full-time faculty members.

The Maricopa County Community College District says it'll hire fewer part-time faculty members as it hires about 360 new full-time faculty over the next several years.

The Arizona Republic reports that the district wants to reverse the ratio that now has full-time faculty members teaching about 40 percent of the districts' classes and part-timers about 60 percent.

Chancellor Rufus Glasper says the district wants more faculty who can spend additional time engaged with students.

Glasper says the district will ask faculty members to be on campus more, to do more advising and to be more involved with student clubs.

  • La. College Sets New Record for Enrollment

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles has announced the highest enrollment in its 75-year history.

More than 3,300 students signed up for classes for the fall.

Chancellor Neil Aspinwall said it was a 22 percent jump from fall 2012. Programs with the largest enrollment figures included process technology and industrial instrumentation.

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