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2014 October 1 - 09:15 pm

News Briefs

A summary listing of higher-ed-related news from around the nation

  • Ivy Tech Opens Food Pantry for Needy Students

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is opening a food pantry for students.

The food pantry is located the college’s Fall Creek Center in Indianapolis. It will supply canned vegetables, pasta, paper goods and baby items to any student in need.

Lillie Beasley, 29, vice president of Ivy Tech’s student government and a pantry volunteer, tells The Indianapolis Star that students can’t focus on school if they’re hungry.

Ivy Tech students are generally older than other college students and many divide their time and money between school, families and work. More than half qualify for federal financial aid for low-income students.

The new food pantry is called Bear Necessities after the school’s mascot.

Nicholls Online Advances through CC Partnership

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — In an effort to expand its nearly 2-year-old online program, Nicholls State University has announced the creation of additional business programs and a transfer agreement with a New Orleans community college.

Beginning this fall two new business education programs will be offered through Nicholls Online: a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a post-baccalaureate certificate in business administration.

Last month, Nicholls State and Delgado Community College completed an agreement to make it easier for Delgado business students to transfer to Nicholls.

The transfer program will allow students who have completed an associate degree in business administration at Delgado to transfer a majority of their credits to Nicholls. Students can then complete their degree either on campus or through Nicholls Online.

  • NM College To Train Community Paramedics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico community college is launching a program to get critical medical services into rural parts of the state.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1AnYTcK) that Central New Mexico Community College is starting a Community Paramedic Program this fall semester.

Students who already have their paramedic licenses and have been working in the field for at least three years can enroll in the certificate program. Students will take courses such as community health care and cultural competency and complete a clinical rotation.

School officials say the goal is to expand the role of emergency medical services technicians to provide health care in areas where access to doctors and clinics is limited. The first class of students is scheduled to graduate by the end of the next spring semester.

  • Schumer Requests Funds For Training

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has asked the federal Labor Department to approve $15 million for New York’s community colleges to train students for new manufacturing jobs.

The State University of New York proposes programs at 30 community colleges in so-called “mechatronics,” incorporating elements of engineering, mechanics, electronics and other technical fields in two-year programs.

SUNY, based on a survey of manufacturers, projects 20,000 job openings will be created across upstate New York by 2020.

Schumer says grant approval could come within months.

  • FCC Approves Radio Station at Miss. College

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Coahoma Community College is launching a fundraising campaign to support a new radio station on the Clarksdale campus.

State Sen. Robert Jackson, D- Marks, is helping get the program started.

Jackson says the Federal Communication Commission gave final approval to the station in April. The goal is to have the 50,000-watt station on the air by November 2015.

The college will build the station and hire people with radio experience to run it. The school has applied for grants to fund it.

The station will play a mix of blues, gospel and country, as well as have forums on it for the public to discuss local topics.

Jackson says the station it will be another resource for the college to get the word out about what’s going on in the Delta.

  • La. City Will Help Fund College Project

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The city of Alexandria has committed up to $2.8 million to help build a new downtown campus for Central Louisiana Technical Community College.

The City Council approved an ordinance to implement the city’s Community College Initiative and to authorize Mayor Jacques Roy to take related actions.

Plans call for the campus across the street from the federal courthouse in downtown Alexandria. The cost would be nearly $22 million, with the city providing up to $2.8 million.

The City Council had previously committed chipping in $2.3 million, but officials recently learned Alexandria would have to increase its share to reach the 12 percent required match. The city’s match will be mostly cash but could include property and infrastructure improvements.

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