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2014 October 13 - 08:31 pm

News Briefs

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


Miss. College Will Get Rid of Grenade Launcher

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials of Hinds County Community College say they will dispose of a grenade launcher acquired under a Defense Department program to designed to disperse surplus military equipment.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1r3n92Y ) the grenade launcher was acquired in 1998 by a former campus police chief. The college says the weapon has never been used on campus.

The Defense Department provides surplus hardware to civilian law enforcement agencies at a discount.

Some Mississippi law enforcement agencies have acquired equipment through the program.

Hinds President Clyde Muse says the grenade launcher will be declared surplus and disposed of legally.

Woman Sues Ore. College Over Rape Charge

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A woman who accused a community college administrator of raping her has sued the school, seeking at least $4.8 million.

The Salem Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/1ph2zI0) reports the federal court suit alleges Chemeketa Community College knew about Patrick Lanning’s “history of sexual misconduct” and failed to protect the employee.

Lanning was president of the school’s Yamhill Valley campus in McMinnville. He was put on administrative leave in February, when the woman said he assaulted her after a night of drinking and socializing during a Portland education conference.

Prosecutors declined to press charges, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to obtain a conviction.

The college wouldn’t comment on the suit or Lanning’s status except to say it reached a settlement with him.

Ill. Students To Get Ivy Tech Price Break

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The board of the Wabash Valley region of Ivy Tech Community College has approved offering instate tuition rates to residents of four eastern Illinois counties.

The Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports (http://bit.ly/1AY41oh ) residents of Edgar, Clark, Crawford and Vermilion counties in Illinois would pay the in-state rate _ currently $126 per credit hour _ instead of the $260 they now pay.

Executive Director of Administration Alisha Aman of Ivy Tech’s Southwest and Wabash Valley regions said the change would occur next semester if Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder approves it.

Aman says many residents of the four counties currently work in the Terre Haute area and their employers also would benefit from them gaining new vocational skills.

Aman says the region now has 173 students from Clark, Crawford and Edgar counties.

Colleges Form Partnership on Energy Studies

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont have formed a partnership for students who want to further their studies in the field of renewable energy.

Students who have earned a community college STEM associate degree will be guaranteed admission into the technical college’s renewable energy bachelor of science degree.

Students in the program will study engineering, technology, science and business to prepare for careers designing and implementing renewable energy systems.

Vermont Tech has about 1,650 students in two residential campuses, two regional campuses, and six nursing campuses. CCV has an estimated 7,000 students per semester located across 12 locations across the state.

Property Swap Allows Hinds CC Expansion

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hinds Community College will expand its nursing and allied health programs in Jackson after agreeing to move Mississippi State extension service employees to college property in Raymond.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted last month to accept the swap.

The college will gain use of 11.5 acres and two buildings. President Clyde Muse says one building will be renovated to house classrooms. The property adjoins the college’s current nursing and allied health programs near Central Mississippi Medical Center.

The college could use the property for a surgical simulation center to help train students.

Wash. Court Clears Way for Age Bias Trial

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says that an instructor’s claim that she wasn’t hired for a tenure-track teaching position at a community college in southwestern Washington can proceed to trial.

The court unanimously ruled that Kathryn Scrivener had established enough of a case to go to trial, overruling both a Court of Appeals ruling and a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of Clark College in Vancouver.

Scrivener sued Clark College for unlawful age discrimination after R. Wayne Branch, then president of the college, hired two applicants under the age of 40 for the English department positions that she had applied for. Scrivener argued that she had met all of the qualifications for the positions and that the president’s publicly stated intentions to hire younger faculty led to the decision.

Tenn. Initiative Boosts Local Job Training

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide initiative to help residents get more education and training for jobs that are available in their communities.

Haslam says the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is accepting applications from partnerships across the state for $10 million in grants from the Labor Education Alignment Program. Applicants must represent a partnership between a local economic development agency, a community college, the local school district and at least two employers.

The program is part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” campaign to help residents get an education or other training beyond high school. He says that will allow them to “get better jobs and create better lives.”

The competition for grant money is open through Nov. 17. Applicants can apply for up to $1 million.

Mich. College Gets $1M To Aid Entrepreneurs

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Macomb Community College is getting a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to launch a fund to help Detroit-area entrepreneurs.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report the school is creating a new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as well as marking its 60th anniversary.

The grant will be matched by Macomb Community College and the school has set an additional fundraising goal of $700,000, making the total expected to be available $2.7 million. The fund will provide grants up to $25,000. Larger awards also may be given.

It’s part of JPMorgan Chase’s plans announced in May to spend $100 million over five years in Detroit to support and accelerate the economic recovery in the bankrupt city.

Tenn. Schools Sign Accord On Transfers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University and Southwest Tennessee Community College have signed an agreement that will allow students who complete two years at Southwest to transfer to TSU to complete their baccalaureate degree.

The agreement between the two institutions calls for the awarding of 10 two-year full Tennessee State scholarships with preference to students who major in science, technology, engineering and math, beginning fall 2015.

The partnership also includes a dual-admission component that builds on the Tennessee Transfer Pathway, which is designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree.

TSU President Glenda Glover and Southwest President Nathan Essex signed the Transfer Partnership Agreement during a ceremony on Sept. 11.

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