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2014 June 8 - 04:24 pm

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La. College Searches for New Leader

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Officials say the search to replace longtime Fletcher Technical Community College chancellor Travis Lavigne could take up to a year.

Lavigne’s 42-year tenure will end in mid-June, and recently appointed Interim Chancellor Earl Meador will then take over the position until a permanent replacement is found.

“This is an excellent decision by the board to appoint someone familiar with this region and who has an established record of successful leadership for the technical colleges in this community,” Lavigne said.

Fletcher spokeswoman Jessica Thornton said the search process is likely to be lengthy.

“The interim will most likely be the acting chancellor throughout the next school year,” Thornton said.

Tulsa CC Names First Female President

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents has named Leigh Goodson the fourth president in the school’s history and its first female leader.

The TCC board voted to offer the position to Goodson following a seven-month search for a successor to current President Thomas McKeon. Goodson is expected to start the first week in July.

She currently is vice president for Research and Institutional Advancement at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

McKeon has announced plans to retire at the end of June. He launched the Tulsa Achieves program that has resulted in the admission of more than 10,000 students in seven years without the cost of tuition and fees.

TCC has nearly 29,000 students enrolled in credit classes each year.

New Ill. Online Courses Aimed At Transfers

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University says it is adding new online classes for students transferring to the Charleston school.

Eastern Illinois officials announced the classes in psychology, recreation administration and family and consumer sciences are aimed at students who will transfer from community colleges. The classes are intended to make it easier for students to attend Eastern Illinois.

Rita Pearson is the director of transfer relations at the school. She said almost 40 percent of EIU’s students are transfers. She noted many of them have families and full-time jobs and will benefit from anything that can make it easier for them to be students.

Ivy Tech Offering Dual Courses in 11 HIgh Schools

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend plans to offer an early college program to 11 high schools in that region The program will allow students to earn a technical certificate or an associate degree by the time they graduate from high school. At Penn High School, about 10 miles east of South Bend, about 120 incoming freshmen have been selected.

Students are part of selected groups, such as first-generation college students, minorities, those who have maintained grade-point averages of 2.75 to 3.5, are on free or reduced lunches, or have passed the statewide academic achievement test.

New Orleans Getting New Delgado Campus

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Delgado Community College is preparing to hold classes for the first time at a new campus in the Desire area of New Orleans.

Delgado’s Sidney Collier Campus will open to Delgado students in August, nine years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the former Sidney Collier Technical College..

In addition to helping to revitalize an area still struggling to recover from the August 2005 storm, the Sidney Collier Campus will offer residents programs that have never been available in that part of the city, college officials said.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1juSnO7 students will be able to work toward associate degrees and transfer to four-year institutions, earn certificates of technical study or technical diplomas, take non-credit and English-as-a-second-language courses, and prepare for highschool equivalency diploma testing.

They said the school’s curriculum will be aligned with workforce development and community needs and interests, including health care, “green” jobs such as solar energy installation, construction, auto repair and computer skills.

Delgado absorbed the Collier site in April 2010 when the Louisiana Technical College Region One merged with Delgado. Before Katrina, 1,000 students were enrolled at Sidney Collier Technical College.

The new facility cost $21 million to build, with $12 million coming from the state and $9 million coming from FEMA.

Deal Would Delay Reductions in Illinois Pensions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group that lobbies to avoid cuts in higher-education employees’ pensions and the Illinois Attorney General’s office have reached a deal that would push the start of pension reform for community college and university workers back until July 2015.

The State Universities Annuitants Association said that its deal with the Illinois Attorney General’s office would give more time to higher education employees who had been considering retiring before the new state pension law begins in June to avoid cuts. A Sangamon County judge still must approve the deal.

Lawmakers agreed last year on a pension law to help deal with a $100 billion shortfall in pension obligations.

Officials said the extra time college and university employees would have to weigh their options would be helpful.

Bill Would Allow 4-Year Degrees At Calif. Colleges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a pilot program under which some California community college campuses would offer fouryear degrees in certain specialized fields.

SB850 by Assemblyman Marty Block authorizes the college board of governors to start degrees at up to 15 colleges. They could offer one degree each in areas of critical need.

It passed the Senate on a 34-0 vote and heads to the Assembly.

Block, a Democrat from San Diego, says the degrees would be ones not currently offered by the University of California or California State University systems.

They include respiratory therapy, radiological imagery and veterinary technology.

Block says the state's unemployment rate could be reduced and employers would have a more qualified workforce to draw from.

Conn. ‘Dreamers’ Unhappy with Aid Meeting

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of college students brought to the U.S. illegally as children said they’re dissatisfied after meeting with Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy about helping them obtain institutional financial aid.

Six members of Connecticut Students for a DREAM met with the Democrat at his state Capitol office, a meeting arranged after the group appeared at several of his recent town hall events. They wanted Malloy to commit to changing state law and allowing them to become eligible for the aid, despite their immigration status.

Lucas Codognolla, the group’s lead coordinator, said Malloy refused to take immediate action.

“But we’re going to hold him accountable to working with us, to getting us institutional aid by this fall,” he said. Such aid is funded with student tuition payments.

Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said the governor is sympathetic to the group’s concerns and asked them to return with more information.

“The governor was happy to have a conversation on this issue, as he was the first governor in the country to sign a state-based DREAM Act,” Doba said, referring to a 2011 bill that allowed students brought to the U.S. illegally as children to pay the less expensive, in-state tuition at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.

Doba said Malloy looked forward to “additional conversations” with the students.

Ky. Schools Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — Students who transfer from Gateway Community and Technical College to Northern Kentucky University will be able to earn an associate degree even after they’ve transferred.

The schools signed an agreement for the reverse transfer plan..

Students who transfer will be given an associate degree once they accumulate the credits needed to fulfill the two-year degree program requirements. Officials say the program will also give the community college credit for the degree, something that doesn’t happen with current measures tracking completions.

Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes says the program recognizes students who are working toward a bachelor’s at NKU. NKU President Geoffrey Mearns says the agreement adds to students’ ability to transition more easily between schools.

Soccer Player Who Died Had Heart Problem

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an autopsy shows a community college soccer star who collapsed inside his upstate New York apartment died of natural causes due to a heart arrhythmia.

Officials at Herkimer County Community College said 22- year-old Peter McAvoy of Dundee, Scotland collapsed April 19 at his apartment on the campus of the Mohawk Valley school.

McAvoy was an All-American and captain at Herkimer, where the defender was one of the most popular students.

The Generals have won three consecutive national junior college championships, with McAvoy playing major roles in the last two.

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