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2013 December 23 - 12:00 am

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  • Ousted Santa Fe CC President Plans Lawsuit

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College’s president has been fired, and her lawyers say she’ll sue.

The governing board voted 3-2 to oust Ana “Cha” Guzman from her $180,000-a-year position. The board’s vote lineup was the same as the one that voted last month to put Guzman on leave.

The board didn’t state specific grounds for firing Guzman, but one board member who voted to fire her said the college is divided and needs to move forward. Another said Guzman needs to go to uphold the college’s reputation.

Guzman attorney Timothy White says he believes the board fired Guzman because she was trying to clean up the college’s finances.

Guzman was hired in 2012 with a contract scheduled to end in 2016.

  • Ark. Officials Eye 2014 For Groundbreaking

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Officials with the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope want to break ground in early 2014 for a new educational building on the school’s Texarkana campus.

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees approved construction of a $3.5 million building on the Texarkana campus. The board tapped Harris Architecture in Hot Springs, Ark., for the project.

The new building will double the Texarkana campus’ educational space, according to Brent Talley, the coordinator of communications and external affairs at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope.

The building is expected to include classrooms and a technical program shop.

Talley said the shop will likely be used to train students in “facilities maintenance,” a program that includes electrical and HVAC courses for maintaining hotels and other buildings.

“We’re excited about the future and the growth we’ve had at our Texarkana campus,” Talley said.

  • Mo. Community College Gets $1.5M Donation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri community college has received a $1.5 million contribution for a proposed activity center.

The Southeast Missourian reports the Three Rivers Endowment Trust recently received the $1.5 million contribution from an anonymous donor for the 60,000-square-foot activity center at the school’s campus in Poplar Bluff. The proposed center is estimated to cost about $11 million.

The school says the center would replace the Bess Activity Center and will host athletic tournaments and other regional and include a Sports & Wellness Center and a Sports Hall of Fame.

The school says the center would also be funded through a $2.5 million grant from the State Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as a $2 million bond sale.

  • Kentucky Man Earns GED at Age 87

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — An 87-year-old Ashland resident has earned his GED certificate.

The Independent reports Bob McGinnis was enjoying a comfortable retirement from CSX, where he had worked for 41 years, but he felt that something was missing.

He had never graduated from high school. So a year ago he began studying for the GED test and attending adult education classes.

Ashland Community and Technical College Adult Education Director Penny Qualls said that McGinnis was more than 60 years older than most students, but he was an inspiration to them.

Now that he has finally graduated from high school, McGinnis says he is thinking about giving college a try, especially because his age qualifies him to take the classes for free.

  • Neb. Campus Renovations To Start in Feb.

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Central Community College officials expect to begin their Hastings campus renovation project in February.

The Hastings Tribune says that he $8.2 million project includes work on the Campus Center and connecting Hall Building. The dining hall will be turned into a modern cafeteria.

The Hall Building houses the dining hall. It was built in the 1940s when the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot occupied the space. The adjoining Campus Center was built in 1983. Neither building has received major updates since being built.

The plan is to start by remodeling the Campus Center with the goal of creating more natural gathering spaces for students. The Veterans Service Office will be enlarged and the snack bar will be upgraded.

  • Oregon Inmate Program Needs Funding

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The anonymous donor who has been paying for college classes inside the Oregon State Penitentiary says he’s no longer able to fund the program, and it’s looking for new funding.

Since 2007, the private donor has contributed more than half a million dollars to help pay tuition for short-time inmates.

The Statesman Journal reports 110 inmates are earning associate degrees in the College Inside Program taught by Chemeketa Community College instructors.

The program recently received a $143,000 grant so that current students can graduate. But it needs about $300,000 over the next three years to enroll about 40 new students a year.

  • Hawaii Building  Moratorium Approved

HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii regents are placing a moratorium on new construction to focus resources on maintenance.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports new construction will be placed on hold for three years with the exception of 13 projects costing $170 million.

The board will direct capital funds to a repair backlog that has reached $487 million. About 84 percent of the maintenance needs are at the Manoa campus.

Exemptions cover major projects such as the College of Pharmacy at UH-Hilo, Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head and an advanced technology training center at Honolulu Community College.

Regents are seeking money for nine other projects in the proposed university budget.

  • Trident Technical College Plans New Center

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Trident Technical College plans a new aeronautical training center in North Charleston.

The proposed $79 million center is designed to support the aeronautics industry in the area.

Boeing has a plant in North Charleston that builds the 787 Dreamliner jets. The college center would train workers for Boeing and its suppliers.

Plans for the new center follow Boeing’s commitment to invest another $1 billion and add 2,000 workers in the next eight years.

Trident Tech offers four aircraft-related degrees or certificate programs — aircraft maintenance, aircraft assembly, avionics maintenance and basic industrial work skills.

The building would include classroom and laboratory space, as well as a 50,000 square foot bay to accommodate aircraft, large aircraft parts and training equipment.

  • Miss. College Signs Internship Pact with EPA

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency to expand environmental education programs at the two-year school.

MGCCC President Mary Graham and Ben Skaggs, director of the EPA’s Gulf Program, signed an internship and research agreement.

The Gulf of Mexico Program was founded in 1988 at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. It promotes programs on environmental and cultural issues associated with preserving the Gulf Coast.

The program has several partnerships with universities, including the University of Southern Mississippi.

Skaggs says the program helps the agency use college students in its ongoing projects including monitoring Gulf water quality and how coastal communities rely upon healthy Gulf waters for their livelihoods.

  • Consultant To Aid Ky. Search For CC Leaders

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A consultant will be brought in to help with the search for a new leader of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Regents appointed a committee to select the consultant who will ferret out potential replacements for current President Michael B. McCall. McCall is set to retire in January 2015.

McCall, who has led the community and technical college system for the past 15 years, has agreed to stay on as president until his successor is chosen.

The regents agreed to bring the consultant on board before beginning the search process.

  • Ivy Tech To Offer Program To Help Veterans

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College will start a program next month at its Evansville campus where veterans can enroll for free in a 16-week training program to get skills needed for a career in manufacturing.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann was at a news conference where a statewide coalition announced it was launching “Get Skills to Work,” a program that includes training to help veterans. The Ivy Tech program is part of that.

As part of the launch in Indiana, Alcoa Foundation has agreed to provide funding for veterans to attend accelerated training classes in Evansville, which begin Jan. 14. Also, those who complete the program will receive interviews with area manufacturers through the Tri-State Manufacturers’ Alliance.

Similar program will be available at other Ivy Tech campuses as the program expands.    

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