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2014 November 24 - 01:35 am

News Briefs

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

Mass. Computer Hacker Gets 4 Years in Prison

BOSTON (AP) — A New Bedford man who hacked into corporate and law enforcement computers, and even hacked into a college’s system so he could change his grades, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Cameron Lacroix was also sentenced in U.S. District Court to three years probation. He pleaded guilty in June to charges of computer intrusion and access device fraud.

Prosecutors say the 25-year-old Lacroix obtained stolen credit data for 14,000 account holders. He also hacked into law enforcement computer systems containing sensitive information and hacked the email account of a local police chief.

Authorities say in 2012 and 2013 he hacked into computer systems at Bristol Community College, where he was a student, and changed grades for himself and two friends.

Lacroix expressed remorse in court.

Undocumented Students Ineligible For Free Tenn. Aid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Undocumented high school students will not be able to take advantage of Tennessee Promise, the state’s new free community college program.

WPLN-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1xrmzi7 ) before getting state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid. But undocumented students are ineligible for federal aid.

Some immigrants had hoped it would be different. The governor’s speech introducing Tennessee Promise said that “every student” would be able to attend two years of community college or college of applied technology for free.

A spokeswoman for the governor said he was referring only to eligible students.

Tennessee has about 6,000 high school students who are undocumented, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

If they want to attend community college, they have to pay outof-state rates — about $14,000 a year in tuition and fees.

Miss. College Tripling Training Capacity

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Meridian Community College is tripling its capacity of a workforce training program with the dedication of a new welding technology center.

The $1.5 million, 11,500- square foot metal structure, located on the north side of the Workforce Development Center, was donated to MCC by college trustee Tommy Dulaney. Dulaney has served on the college’s board for 31 years.

Funding for equipment and additions was provided by Lauderdale County.

MCC President Scott Elliott says the center will be named “The Structural Steel Services Welding Technology Center” in honor of the local steel fabrication company owned by Dulaney.

Mo. Educators Expect Reduced Scholarships

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Despite Gov. Jay Nixon’s release of $2 million in funding, state education officials say they still expect smaller reimbursements for students using A+ scholarship funds.

Nixon released the money for the program, which reimburses community college students who met certain requirements in high school. The reimbursements are also lower because of increased use. The program currently is funded at $33.1 million.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1xoop1m ) education department spokeswoman Liz Coleman said the money Nixon released would still help reduce costs that students and their families. She says the department will determine by late December how much students will have to pay.

Nixon also released $1 million for the Access Missouri grant, the state’s only need-based scholarship.

He hasn’t yet released $11 million more for that program.

Boeing 727 To Be Cleared for Ohio Classroom

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx is on its way to becoming an aviation classroom for students in southwestern Ohio.

The Beavercreek City Schools board accepted the gift as a science, technology, engineering and math classroom for use by schools in the Dayton area.

Project spokeswoman Debbie Alberico said the jet will be housed at Dayton International Airport and renovated into a classroom before moving to Wright State University.

The airport, Wright State and Clark State Community College are partnering with the district in the project funded through sponsorships, grants and private donations.

It will provide training for middle school, high school and post-secondary students in aviation and aerospace.

Accord To Help W. Va. Residents Earn Degrees

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is partnering with BridgeValley Community & Technical College in South Charleston to help West Virginians earn degrees in business.

Officials say the agreement will help residents of West Virginia earn an associate degree and a bachelor of business administration degree in a discipline related to business.

Under that agreement, Marshall will accept a maximum of 72 hours of college-level coursework offered by BridgeValley. Those courses may be used to fulfill a portion of Marshall’s general education curriculum, as well as part of a baccalaureate program of study.

Once completing an associate degree, participating students will apply for admission to Marshall. Students who transfer to Marshall will be allowed to transfer courses as specified in the agreement.

Kan. Regional Education Center Nears Reality

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Plans for a regional technical education center for southeast Kansas are progressing.

The Pittsburg Education Foundation announced it bought a building to house the education center. The building currently houses Fort Scott Community College carpentry, masonry and woodworking courses.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1sPXyqC ) the foundation paid $890,000 for the building.

Several schools in southeast Kansas will use the Southeast Kansas Career Technical Education Center of Crawford County for training in such areas as careers as welding, construction, culinary arts, nursing and auto technician training.

A committee will now start working on plans for the building expansion and begin the bid process.

Plans for the center began about two years ago when industries and businesses complained about a lack of well-trained employees in the area.

W.Va. Higher Ed, Microsoft Partner On Tech Courses

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s public universities and colleges are partnering

with Microsoft Corp. to prepare students for high-tech careers.

Higher education officials announced the program, called Microsoft IT Academy, in a news release.

The program will provide curriculum, professional development and certification of students for information technology skills.

Sarah Tucker, vice chancellor of Community and Technical College Education, said the collaboration with Microsoft will strengthen information technology credentials currently offered by community and technical colleges.

Tucker says the program also will give students flexibility in pursuing high-level certifications.

Budget for NH Colleges Would Lower Tuition

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's community colleges want $6.4 million in new money in the next budget to lower tuition by $10 per credit hour.

College officials requested the money during budget hearings that serve as a starting point for crafting the next two-year state budget. Those officials promise the $6.4 million, split between the two years, would be used only to lower tuition from $200 to $190 per credit hour.

New Hampshire’s community college tuition is higher than Connecticut’s and Massachusetts’ but lower than Vermont’s. Chancellor Ross Gittell says keeping costs low is critical to attracting students and training them for workforce needs.

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