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2014 October 30 - 02:52 am

News Briefs

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

  • Enrollment Declines At Hawaii Colleges

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii’s Hilo campus has the largest drop in enrollment across the system.

This fall is the second year of enrollment declines for the Hilo campus. Hilo saw a 2.9 percent drop, while the flagship Manoa campus had a 2.5 percent decrease. The system’s new West Oahu campus saw enrollment increase by 12.7 percent.

Hilo’s Hawaii Community College experienced enrollment declines for three years in a row. The college saw a 6.4 percent drop this year.

UH-Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney tells Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://ow.ly/Cas4e ) campuses in Hawaii and across the country have a drop in enrollment as the economy improves and students opt to enter the workforce.

He says the decrease means his campus will lose about a $1 million in anticipated revenue.

  • Vt. College Gets $2.4M To Boost Job Training

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Community College of Vermont is getting nearly $2.4 million in grants to help people develop job skills needed in health care, business, technology, and other industries.

Gov. Peter Shumlin said the grant will help the college and its partners to develop customized assessments and job training instruction, both in the classroom and online, leading to certificates and credentials that will open doors to good job opportunities.

  • Court Clears Way for Whistleblower Suit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that a former Alabama college official can continue his fight to get his job back.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Edward Lane can sue the former president of Central Alabama Community College in his official capacity. Lane’s suit contends the president terminated him from a program for atrisk youth in 2009 because he testified against former state Rep.

Sue Schmitz in court. Lane is seeking his job back.

The case got before the appeals court because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier that Lane’s whistleblower testimony in court was protected by the First Amendment.

The case now goes to a federal district judge to review Lane’s claim.

  • Va. Awarded $12M Workforce Grant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is receiving nearly $12 million in federal funds to enhance employment and financial literacy for Virginians with barriers to higher education and employment.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Officials say the funds will be used to implement a network called the Working Families Success Network at six of the state’s employment centers. The network connects community-based organizations and colleges to help people get jobs, complete education or training and improve their finances.

  • La. Colleges Approve 6-Yr. Graduation Plan

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s community and technical colleges are embarking on an aggressive, six-year plan.

It includes doubling the number of graduates and their total earnings, quadrupling the number of students they send to the state’s four-year schools and significantly increasing private dollars and partnerships with businesses.

Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1vQzlEa ) the six-part plan, which the system has set out to meet by the year 2020, would have the state’s community and technical college system graduating 40,000 students a year and the annual earnings of its graduating class at $1.5 billion.

  • 12 NJ Colleges To Share $15M in Funds

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s two U.S. senators say 12 of the state’s community colleges will be sharing $15 million in federal funding.

Robert Menendez and Cory Booker say the money will be allocated to training students at the schools for jobs in the health care industry.

Bergen Community College will get slightly more than $6.1 million of the funding announced Wednesday, while the remaining school will get amounts ranging from about $732,000 to $836,000.

The funding is part of a $450 million investment in job-driven training through the national Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, which is administered in part with the federal Labor and Education departments. The program awarded grants to nearly 270 colleges across the country this year.

  • Delgado Offers 100 Welding Scholarships

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Delgado Community College is offering 100 full scholarships to its welding school as part of a workforce development partnership with Praxair Inc., a major industrial gases company.

NOLA.com/The Times Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/10l1w4m ) the partnership, known as the Praxair Skills Pipeline, has provided more than $300,000 to train new welders in an accelerated one-year program.

Delgado received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand its accelerated training programs for those interested in entering the manufacturing and energy sectors. The school says the Praxair partnership is not connected to those initiatives.

  • FedEx Donates $250K To Arkansas College

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Transportation company Federal Express has announced its providing $250,000 to Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.

FedEx and college officials said that the donation will be used to support an FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technology training program. The college plans to build a facility to increase the number of students it can train. The building will be named the FedEx Aviation Technology Center.

  • $2.5M To Aid Miss. Recovery from Storm

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department is giving Mississippi’s East Central Community College $2.5 million to help Winston County recover from the April 28 tornado.

The money will go to help improve worker training and support businesses in the area’s manufacturing sector. Several factories were damaged or destroyed by the storm.

A team of industry and educational representatives that will guide training and help provide jobs.

The program will help workers earn industry-recognized certifications as well as move on toward college degrees. People who wish to start businesses will also get training and support.

Some of the money will be used to buy up-to-date technology for instructors to use in teaching.

  • $2M Grant Will Help Train Miss. Mechanics

WESSON, Miss. (AP) — Copiah-Lincoln Community College will use $2 million over the next three years to help train diesel mechanics to support southwest Mississippi’s growing oil industry and operations at the port of Natchez.

The U.S. Labor Department is giving $10 million total to four community colleges to improve training of automotive technicians. Other colleges getting the money include Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta Technical College in Georgia, and Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Co-Lin plans to offer classes on its Natchez and Wesson campuses.

Funding comes from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program. It targets workers who lost their job because of foreign trade, military veterans, workers who are unemployed or make low wages, and people finishing adult basic education classes.

  • Pa., Ariz.Schools Reach Transfer Accord

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A Pennsylvania university with a satellite campus in Mesa is the latest higher education institution to have a transfer agreement with the community college district that serves the Phoenix area.

Wilkes University’s agreement with the Maricopa County Community College District smooths the transfer process for students to complete their bachelor’s degree in business at Wilkes.

District spokesman Tom Gariepy says the district already has transfer agreements with dozens of other colleges and universities, including private and public institutions.

Wilkes’ main campus is in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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