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2013 October 14 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Leach To Head NISOD

Edward J. Leach has been named director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), the professional development arm of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Leach has more than 20 years of community college experience and most recently was vice president for services and programs for the League for Innovation in the Community College.

“After a thorough search, Dr. Leach was the clear choice for this position,” said Manuel J. Justiz, dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas. “Not only does he bring the membership organization skills and knowledge needed to ensure a strong future for NISOD, but he also has experience working with community college presidents, staff and faculty; business and industry; government agencies; and other stakeholders.”

Leach succeeds Lawrence G. Miller, who retired on May 31 after suffering a heart attack earlier in the month. He had served in the post for less than a year. He now runs an educational consulting firm in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Said Leach: “NISOD has been and will continue to be the premier source of learning, knowledge, resources, education and ideas for community college educators. I’m extremely honored to be chosen to serve as NISOD’s next director, and I’m committed to working with our staff, members, partners and other education thought leaders, as well as the College of Education’s faculty and researchers, to build on NISOD’s rich 35-year legacy of excellence.”

  • Honolulu CC Sanctioned

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Community College has been warned it could lose its accreditation.

Hawaii News Now reports the Kalihi campus has been placed on warning accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

HCC Chancellor Erika Lacro says the school remains accredited while on warning status. She says the school needs to focus on issues that were raised after the commission visited last fall.

The panel was most concerned about more than 100 faculty members teaching online courses. The panel wrote the college should develop a strategic plan for distance education.

The panel also said HCC needs to ensure the rigor and quality of general education courses.

Professor Jess Aki who oversees the college’s cosmetology program says the quality of education has improved since the warning.

  • Maine College Opens Machining Facility

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — York Community College is launching a program designed to train students for careers in the manufacturing industry at local companies like Pratt & Whitney.

The college recently opened a new precision machining technology facility in Sanford.

The college says it has been working with Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to determine desired skills and plan to incorporate related training the curriculum.

House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick says in a statement the program shows how investing in higher education can pay off for employers and workers. The Legislature recently passed a new law to double the capacity of YCCC’s program.

There are 34 students enrolled in the program this fall.

  • Nev. Colleges Land Labor Dept. Grants

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three northern Nevada community colleges are getting nearly $9 million in stimulus grants to help train workers for better-paying jobs.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the package of awards, part of a Labor Department career training grant program that aims to retrain workers whose jobs have been outsourced.

The money will go to Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College.

Reid says the funds will help people on their path to better jobs in manufacturing, science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Dodge City CC Building New Dorm

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dodge City Community College is building a new men’s dormitory.

The Dodge City Globe reports that the new 120-bed building is scheduled to be completed by July 2014, with students moving in by fall of that year. The groundbreaking ceremony was Friday morning.

The new dorm at the community college comes after the recent completion of Jackson Hall, a women’s dormitory.

The new building will be three stories tall and will include social lounges, study areas, large TV viewing areas and laundry facilities in each wing of the hall.

Beverly Temaat, dean of student services, says the decision to build the new structure came from increased housing demand as well as demand for newer facilities. The building will be entirely paid with money from student fees.

  • Baton Rouge CC Unveils New Campus

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — Baton Rouge Community College unveiled to the public its new $3.5 million Westside Campus in Plaquemine — a 15,547-square-foot facility that boasts four classrooms, two industrial shops, a health science skills lab and a training room.

The facility becomes BRCC’s seventh campus extension apart from its main campus in Baton Rouge.

The Advocate reports the Westside Campus is now offering LPN, medical assistant and certified nursing assistant classes as well as millwright, pipefitting, electrical and instrumentation courses. Welding classes will be taught in partnership with Plaquemine High School.

Chancellor Andrea Lewis Miller said classes kicked off at the Westside Campus on Aug. 26, with more than 100 students now enrolled in the credit and noncredit classes the facility offers.

  • Wounded Vets Get Reserved Parking

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Wounded veterans will have easier access to Ivy Tech Community College’s Lafayette campus under a new parking policy.

WLFI-TV reports the campus has installed four signs offering reserved parking for those injured while serving their country.

Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator Fred Duttlinger says it cost about $200 to create parking access that recognizes veterans for their service. He says Ivy Tech hopes to install similar signs at its campuses around the state.

Veteran Justin Howton says the signs send a message that the campus supports veterans.

  • 2 Pima Execs Fired After Vets Complain

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The president and vice president of Pima Community College’s downtown campus have been fired after an investigation into complaints of harassment by student veterans and other problems.

Luba Chliwniak and Jerry Haynes were terminated after an investigation of complaints about campus leadership.

Student veterans told the Arizona Daily Star they were recently interviewed by a Phoenix-area attorney hired by the college to look into the problems. The lawyer questioned them about the executives’ job performance.

Chancellor Lee Lambert sent an email to campus employees announcing a “leadership transition.”

He told the Star the investigation is ongoing and also is looking at other issues.

  • NC Gov. Meets with College Reform Panel

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s public school, community college and university systems are working on a broad improvement plan.

Gov. Pat McCrory met with state education leaders working to streamline the state’s education system and encourage cooperation among the people responsible for the biggest chunk of the state’s
$21 billion budget.

The group discussed communicating the state’s education efforts and making it more efficient. Talk touched several times on how to recruit, retain and pay kindergarten teachers to college professors.

North Carolina’s public school teachers are among the lowest-paid in the country and did not receive raises this year.

University of North Carolina System President Tom Ross said educators train the workforce that drives North Carolina’s economic future. He says other states are luring away UNC professors with better offers.

  • Ark. Campus-Based Childcare Gets Boost

MENA, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas community college is receiving a federal grant to establish or fund campus-based childcare services for lower-income parents involved in higher education.

Rich Mountain Community College in Mena will receive $20,064 for the program from the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency is giving nearly $9.2 million to similar campuses across the country for the program.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the grants will help parents stay focused on their studies and graduation goals and is part of the agency’s overall goal to support parenting students so that they can build better lives for themselves and their families.

Schools in 28 states are receiving the grants, and the programs will be funded for four years.

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