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2014 January 20 - 12:00 am


  • Del. Introduces Fast Track to Nursing Degrees

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Technical Community College is introducing a new, expedited nursing program with year-round classes and more intensive studies.

The new program expects to enroll 90 students per year. The traditional nursing degree program also will continue to be offered. A federal grand is helping to pay for the new expedited program.

Delaware Tech administrator Julie Seeley says the school is expecting a little more from students in the expedited program. The more rigorous pace and course schedule may not be for everyone. But college officials say it could be useful for people who are laid off and looking to reinvent their career tracks.

The courses will include online lectures to reinforce what students learn in the classroom.

Officials say more nurses are needed in Delaware.

  • Conn. College OKs Reverse Transfer Plan

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Community college students who transferred to the state’s four-year online college program before completing their associate degree could be eligible to receive their degrees retroactively.

The reverse-transfer program will allow Naugatuck Valley Community College to issue associate degrees to students who complete at least 15 credits at Naugatuck and continued their course work at the online Charter Oak State College.

Naugatuck Valley Community College, with campuses in Waterbury and Danbury, is the first in Connecticut to adopt the program.

Other community colleges are expected to follow and Western Connecticut State University is considering participating in the program.

To be eligible, students would complete at least 45 credits at Charter Oak, for a total of 60 credits, and meet other requirements to obtain an associate degree.

  • Holton Named Virginia Education Secretary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former first lady Anne Holton has been named Virginia’s secretary of education.

Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement at a Capitol news conference.

Holton is the daughter of former Gov. Linwood Holton and the wife of former Gov. Tim Kaine, who is now a member of the U.S. Senate. She is a longtime child advocate and former Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge.

For the past year, Holton has directed a Virginia Community College System initiative that helps young people who are aging out of foster care continue their education.

  • Neb. College Moves To Acquire More Land

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — The Western Nebraska Community College board has decided to let the college administration use eminent domain to acquire two acres of land adjacent to the Scottsbluff campus.

Dean of Administrative Services Bill Knapper says the property would define the college’s boundaries and provide more parking.

Knapper says the college has been unsuccessful in trying to obtain the land from its owner. The land is adjacent to property that’s being eyed for a hotel and auto dealership.

  • Miss. College Moving to 4-Day Schedule

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Northeast Mississippi Community College will operate on a four-day class schedule beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday. School officials say there will be no classes on Friday but college administrative offices and maintenance staff will still have a five-day work week.

They say the maintenance staff will use Fridays for projects that otherwise might have to be delayed because of the presence of students in classes.

College officials say they are still working on schedules for non-instructional staff.

  • Tenn. Gets $1M Grant To Boost Grad Rates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is one of three states receiving a $1 million grant to increase on-time college completion rates.

The Tennessee Board of Regents announced that the three-year grant will come in cash and technical assistance from the Lumina Foundation for Education and in partnership with Complete College America.

Education officials say the grant supports the state’s higher education reform efforts that help students finish a degree in two years from a community college and in four years from a university

The grant will help the state’s community colleges and the Regents’ six universities create so-called “Guided Pathways to Success” programs. The programs are clearly sequenced degree plans that help students understand the best and shortest paths to get them to graduation. .

  • Nearly 1,000 Show Up at Miss. Jobs Session

MAYHEW, Miss. (AP) — The chance to learn what will be needed to get one of 500 jobs expected at a tire plant under construction in West Point brought nearly 1,000 people to East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew.

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing state President Tad Yamamoto told potential applicants on Saturday that hiring will start next year.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and two certifications available through the community college.

The college’s head of workforce and community services, Raj Shaunak, says Yokohama Tire is likely to have at least 5,000 applicants for the first 500 jobs.

  • College Shares in Paid Bike-Sharing System in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Efforts by one Central Texas city to go green have led to a pay-to-ride bicycle-sharing program.

The B-Cycle project in Austin began with 11 bicycle stations mainly in the downtown area. More than 100 three-speed bicycles are available for rental.

All of the cycles from the nonprofit Bike Share for Austin are red.

The environmentally friendly project is sponsored by a number of groups, including Austin Community College and the Downtown Austin Alliance.

Annual memberships cost $80. Others can use a credit card to access the system, choose a bicycle, pull it out of the dock and ride. The cycle can be checked back at any of the stations. There’s no charge for the first 30 minutes. A 24-hour pass costs $8.

  • Ky. University Extends Reach In Recruitment

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky University is extending its gaze and reach far and wide in a quest for new students.

The university in Bowling Green recently purchased 83,000 names from ACT, a national student testing service, and about half of those students will be targeted right away with direct mail promotion

Chief Marketing Officer Stacey Biggs said the new advertising campaign slogan is “It is all within my reach.”

The campaign augments other student recruitment efforts, including dual enrollment agreements with colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and agreements out of state in Indiana through WKU-Owensboro and Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn.

Purchasing the names is a new strategy for WKU. The university paid $29,000 for the ACT names, about 38 cents a name

  • Ivy Tech Board Notices Called ‘Poor Practice’

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College officials say it won’t change its notices of private Board of Trustees meetings despite criticism from the state’s public access counselor.

Access counselor Luke Britt said in an informal opinion that Ivy Tech was using a “poor practice” by issuing notices of executive sessions stating trustees will discuss “some of or all” of many subjects.

Britt says the public has an interest in which what issues the board is discussing in private and that its notice doesn’t meet the “spirit of transparency.”

Britt was responding to a request filed by the South Bend Tribune.

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