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Lawsuit Filed Over Maricopa Colleges’ Security Breach

PHOENIX (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Maricopa County Community College District over a computer security breach last year.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/ R8ZZd7) reports the breach exposed the personal information of more than 2.4 million people.

It was discovered in April 2013.

Those affected included current and former students, staff and vendors going back more than three decades.

The information that was exposed included staff members’ banking information and social security numbers and students’ academic information.

The suit seeks $2,500 on behalf of each plaintiff. It says the district was negligent by not protecting the personal information of people in the system.

The district has authorized spending about $17 million to deal with the incident, including $10 million for credit monitoring and remediation.

Ivy Tech Campus Adding ‘American Honors’ Program

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is adding an honors program at its South Bend campus this fall aimed at preparing students to potentially transfer into selective four-year universities.

The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1mliXeB ) the program is affiliated with the American Honors and partner four-year colleges include DePauw University, Wabash College, Smith College, Purdue University, Georgetown University and others.

The Ivy Tech honors program doesn’t guarantee students admission to one of those schools, but the program is designed to help students reach the goals needed for transfer admission. Ivy Tech began offering American Honors in early 2013 at its Indianapolis campus, and gradually is expanding it to other campuses.

Some of the honors courses will be taught online or via a distance-learning arrangement by Ivy Tech faculty at other campuses.

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La. College Gets Land for Marine Training Center

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — South Central Louisiana Technical College is celebrating a big step toward a permanent home for its marine safety training center.

A ceremony honored the H.B. Young Foundation for donating the 5-acre site where the center is now housed in portable buildings, the Houma Courier (http://bit.ly/1fJbkMb) reported. One building holds more than $1 million worth of training simulators.

“We have needed the space for a long time,” said Carl Moore, director of the marine training program. “When I started we were working out of a trailer at the main campus, and we would drive to class. So just having this waterfront space is very important for us.”

The school will now work on completing the design and construction of a 20,000-square-foot building, college Director Earl Meador said.

The school has been open since 1972. Meador said it graduated more than 4,000 students last year. That could increase to more than 6,000 once the new building is up and open, he said.

2 Kan. Panels OK Proposed Merger Of Colleges

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dodge City and Ford County commissions are officially supporting a proposed merger of Dodge City Community College and Fort Hays State University.

The commissions approved resolutions at separate meetings saying they support the merger.

The Dodge City Daily Globe reports (http://bit.ly/RwYXre ) the resolutions of support were not necessary for the merger to proceed. But the commissions were urged to pass the resolutions to show the Kansas Board of Regents the merger has local support.

The merger would create an Institute of Applied Technology on the Dodge City campus, with Fort Hays State offering some fouryear degree programs. Fort Hays administrators would run both campuses.

The plan must be approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, the state Legislature and the governor.

Oral History of Illinois Colleges Released

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An oral history of Illinois community colleges has been released.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Oral History Program unveiled a collection of 62 interviews Wednesday as part of the “Education is Key — Community Colleges.”

The interviews with teachers, administrators and legislators who helped build the system of colleges serving nearly 1 million students a year were conducted by volunteer Philip Pogue, former superintendent of the Greenville School District. He traveled the state and visited every community college district.

The system will be 50 years old in 2015.

The state has 39 community college districts operating 48 individual colleges and one consortium. They offer worker retraining, certification and adult education as well as preparing students for fouryear institutions.

NH College, Art Institute Reach Agreement

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A community college in Claremont and an art institute in Manchester have reached an agreement to help students transfer from one New Hampshire school to the other.

The agreement will allow students who earn an associate degree in creative writing at River Valley Community College to transfer to the New Hampshire Institute of Art, which offers a bachelor of fine arts degree in creative writing.

Students must have achieved a 2.5 or higher overall grade point average to be eligible. Those who are accepted into the institute are guaranteed to receive an annual $8,000 community college Scholarship.

Former Mayor Takes Over Ivy Tech Region

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Former Evansville mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will be the new chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College-Southwest.

Weinzapfel succeeds former chancellor Daniel Schenk, who retired in February. Schenk served as chancellor at the Evansvillebased campus since 1990.

Weinzapfel served two consecutive terms as mayor following his election in 2004. Before that, he served three terms in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Mary Ann Sellars has served as interim chancellor since Schenk’s retirement. She’s vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Evansville region.

Ivy Tech Community College has an enrollment of more than 200,000 students annually at campuses throughout Indiana.

Va. President Gets Contract Extension

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The College of William and Mary’s board has extended Richard Bland College President Debbie L. Sydow’s contract through June 2019.

The three-year contract extension coincides with completion of Richard Bland’s five-year strategic plan.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ix5tny ) reports that the board approved the extension so that Sydow can implement the plan. The extension doesn’t increase her $250,000 base salary.

Sydow says the school’s strategic plan includes increasing enrollment through new academic programs and activities.

Richard Bland is a two-year branch of the College of William and Mary.

Tuition On Rise At Georgia Tech Colleges

ATLANTA (AP) — The group that oversees Georgia’s technical colleges has approved of increasing tuition beginning in fall of 2014.

Officials say the Technical College System of Georgia has voted unanimously to raise tuition at the state’s technical colleges by $4 per credit hour. Officials say students at the state’s 24 technical colleges will now pay $89 per credit hour for standard programs, and average tuition for a full 15- hour course load this fall will be $1,335, plus books and fees.

Commissioner Ron Jackson says the system has done what it can to avoid tuition hikes, but operational costs for the programs being offered at the state’s technical colleges continues to rise.

Jackson says college presidents are still committed to helping students and their families find financial aid.

Vt. College Sets Record with 678 Graduates

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The Community College of Vermont is graduating a record-high 678 students this year.

The students are receiving associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees on June 7.

The college says 587 of the students represent all 14 Vermont counties. Students from nine other states and 15 countries are joining them. The youngest graduate is 17, and the oldest is 67.

The ceremonies will be at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House.

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