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2014 April 14 - 12:00 am

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  • Tucson College Barred from Enrolling Vets

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima Community College has been banned from enrolling military veterans for at least 60 days while the school tries to correct the problems that led to the sanction.

The Arizona Department of Veterans Services imposed the penalty because of the Tucson college’s poor record-keeping practices for students who are military veterans.

The deficiencies have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

That’s money the federal government wrongly paid to veterans who weren’t eligible to receive it because the college didn’t keep proper track of their status.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asked the state to intervene after audits found numerous problems, even after Pima Community promised to fix them.

The ban announced doesn’t affect currently enrolled veteran students.

  • Mich. College Considering Name Change

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Henry Ford Community College is pondering a name change that officials say would better reflect its reach within and beyond its community.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1lcMRjA ) the Dearborn school’s Board of Trustees will vote next month on whether to drop “community” from its name.

Board chairman Hussein Berry says serving the Dearborn area remains “part of the mission,” but the school is becoming “more than a community college.” He says changing the name enjoys broad support among trustees.

President Stan Jensen says being known as Henry Ford College could entice more international students.

The change reflects a trend among two-year schools. Jackson College dropped “community” from its name last year.

Henry Ford was originally known as Fordson Junior College and then Dearborn Junior College.

  • New Apprentice Program Coming To St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) —A high-tech apprentice program envisioned as a career-boosting alternative to the four-year college degree is expanding to St. Louis.

New York-based Enstitute hopes to match 100 students with mentors from the local business community, with an emphasis on one- and two-year jobs in science, technology and digital media. The nonprofit says 90 percent of its New York participants either landed full-time jobs or started their own companies.

The company’s founders recently pitched their project to local business leaders, accompanied by a dozen venture capitalists in town for the Invest Midwest conference.

  • Ohio Casino Fees Boost Internship Programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 2,500 college students will get paid internships and co-ops at Ohio businesses through a program funded by $11 million from state casino license fees.

The Ohio Board of Regents says the funding is going to 10 community colleges and 15 universities over the next two years. They will partner with 30 other post-secondary institutions, including 11 Ohio technical centers. The schools are required to match at least 100 percent of the money awarded with private funds.

Campuses will use it to create new or expand existing co-op and internship programs.

  • Quinn Vows Not To Cut Education Funding in Ill.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he won’t cut education funding in the difficult budget year ahead.

The Chicago Democrat made the comments during his annual budget address to lawmakers.

Quinn is calling for making the state’s temporary income tax increase permanent and giving homeowners a $500 property tax credit. The pending rollback of the tax increase is expected to cause a $1.6 billion loss in revenue.

Quinn says former Republican governor Jim Edgar was right to use income tax to invest more in education in the late 1990s.

Quinn says his plan creates a state budget that “properly funds” schools. He wants more money for early childhood education and community colleges.

  • Generals Named President of CC Of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Community College of Philadelphia has chosen its new president.

Fifty-seven-year-old Donald Generals Jr. is vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. He will be the sixth president of the Community College of Philadelphia, effective July 1.

Officials from the 40,000-student college said Generals’ appointment follows a seven-month national search.

Generals is a native of Paterson, N.J., and has served in his current role at Mercer since 2008.

He will replace Stephen Curtis, who led the school since 1999 until he was fired last year with two years left on his contract. The college didn’t explain why he was let go.

  • Ark. College Board Votes To Increase Tuition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Pulaski Technical College’s Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition and fees at the two-year college after failure of a plan to create a millage rate for the school.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1iww3AH ) the board voted Monday to raise tuition by $15 per credit hour — raising tuition for a student enrolled in 15 credit hours from $1,781.50 to $2,006.50.

The board also added fees for students in the Technical and Industrial Division. The fees range from $375 to $910 depending on the program a student is attending.

Pulaski County voters on March 11 rejected a plan to create a 1.9 millage rate that would have raised an estimated $11 million a year for the school.

School officials say Pulaski Tech has 9,969 students enrolled this spring.

  • Ky. Students Can Shift Credits Across River

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) — Gateway Community and Technical College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science have signed an agreement enabling Gateway graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree in Cincinnati in 16 months.

Students interested in a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science must complete 52 credit hours of prerequisites prior to enrolling at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. CCMS does not offer prerequisite courses, focusing on upper division courses only.

Beyond the prerequisites, a student needs only three more courses for an associate degree from Gateway.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for morticians, undertakers and funeral directors for 2012 was $38,800 in the state of Kentucky and $49,900 for Ohio.

  • Mott CC Gets New Software for Job Training

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Mott Community College is getting $55.8 million worth of software to help train students to work in manufacturing jobs.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1cYC6hO ) that the in-kind grant from Siemens is being announced as part of the 2014 Automotive Summit at the Manufacturing in America Symposium at Ford Field in Detroit.

Siemens says the donation means students at the Flint-based college will have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management, or PLM, software that’s used by automakers, auto parts suppliers and about 1,000 companies in Michigan.

The software allows companies to have a central storage place for data generated around a product.

Mott President M. Richard Shaink says in a statement that the software will “further expand our work in design, PLM and digital manufacturing.”

  • La. Colleges Strike Accord on Credit Transfer

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — An agreement between the University of New Orleans and Nunez Community College will allow Nunez students to transfer course credits into programs in the UNO College of Business Administration.

The deal includes undergraduate programs at UNO in accounting, business administration, finance, hotel, restaurant and tourism administration, management and marketing.

Under the agreement, Nunez students can transfer up to 43 credit hours of general education courses and up to 18 credit hours of other required courses, depending on the selected UNO degree program.

 

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