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2015 January 6 - 09:24 pm

News Briefs

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


Campus Assailant Gets Prison Term

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A former student at St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting a female student in a bathroom, a crime that led to the ouster of top officials.

Jevon Mallory, 20, pleaded guilty to felony assault in October. He was caught choking Blythe Grupe in a women’s bathroom at the campus in Kirkwood on April 18, 2013. Authorities say Mallory either hid in a stall or followed Grupe into the bathroom, then grabbed her around the neck.

An instructor heard Grupe’s screams and stopped the assault. She was treated for neck bruises, ruptured blood vessels and a cut on her face.

Mallory was released by campus officials within hours of the attack. Other students, faculty and staff were not immediately alerted to the attack. Campus officials went public only after Grupe, then 19, went to news organizations.

A report commissioned by the college Board of Trustees said the handling of the incident showed “a lack in leadership and management from key personnel at the district and campus levels.” The police chief and a vice president of student affairs for the Meramec campus were removed, as was the police chief for the community college district. The president of the Meramec campus resigned, and Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey left later in 2013 after trustees voted not to renew her contract.

Pima CC Could Lose Fed Financial Aid

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials say Pima Community College is in danger of losing financial aid because of a failure to monitor the students who receive it.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/13SpsxU) that a U.S. Department of Education audit determined that the school has no reliable system to track recipients who drop out or don’t attend class.

The agency could demand PCC repay money and strip the school of its ability to distribute aid.

Officials say 65 percent of new students and 35 percent of students overall at Pima Community College depend on federal aid.

The school has given $80 million in federal aid to 25,000 students in the last two years, which is the period covered by the audit.

PCC officials say they have been working to address the issue.

Incentives To Boost Virginia Certifications

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Seven Virginia community colleges will receive $500,000 in incentives for students that complete certifications in demand by businesses and industry.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says the pilot program will help 500 Virginians earn certifications in areas such as welding, commercial driving and project management.

Participating community colleges include Blue Ridge, Germanna, Thomas Nelson, Virginia Western, Danville, Patrick Henry and Southside Virginia.

The initiative is part of McAuliffe’s plan to grow and diversify the state’s economy and supports his goal of seeing an additional 50,000 getting industry certifications before the end of his term.

Officials say the certifications can lead to careers that boast median wages that are at or above Virginia’s per capita personal income of $48,377.

Pa. Utility Teams With Erie College On Training

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Penelec (the Pennsylvania Electric Co.) is teaming up with Edinboro University’s Porreco College in Erie to offer a two-year program to train students to work on electrical utility lines and substations.

Penelec has set up the program, known as the Power Systems Institute, at other community colleges and two-year institutions in other parts of the state since 2000, but they were put on hold in 2011.

The program to begin next fall will enroll 24 students and mark the first time it’s been offered in the Erie area.

Penelec’s regional president, Scott Wyman, says graduates will earn an associate degree in applied science with a concentration in electric utilities technology. Wyman says all students will then be offered Penelec jobs upon graduation, with rare exceptions.

The entry-level jobs pay $28 to $30 per hour.

Conn. College Names New President

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — An official working in the State University of New York system has been named the new president of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

Paul Broadie II, currently vice president for student services at SUNY Orange County Community College in Middletown, N.Y., will officially take over the helm at Housatonic on April 3. He will succeed Elizabeth Roop, who has been serving as the school’s interim president since June.

Broadie has worked for SUNY Orange County Community College since 2005. Gregory Gray, president of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, said Broadie brings “exceptional scholarship and experience” to the position. He credited Broadie with having a successful record of creating high-quality programs for students from diverse backgrounds.

Broadie received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University.

Ohio College Offering Grants For Enrollment

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio college is offering grants of up to $500 to draw first-time students to its campus in Middletown.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/ 1yCF1Xa ) that Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has some $50,000 in grants from a partnership that helped develop its branch campus in Butler County. Cincinnati State says the grants are aimed at students who have been out of high school working or didn’t finish their educations.

The amount of the grant depends on how many credit hours they take.

Building Named After Retiring Vt. Chancellor

WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Colleges system is renaming an academic building after retiring Chancellor Tim Donovan.

The Community College of Vermont’s Winooski academic center is being renamed the Tim Donovan Academic Center to honor the chancellor who is leaving after 38 years with the state colleges system.

Donovan served as president of the Community College of Vermont for eight years before overseeing the entire system as chancellor for the past five years.

On his retirement, Donovan will be replaced by former state Senator and Treasurer Jeb Spaulding, who has served the past four years as administration secretary under Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Vermont’s state colleges include Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College.

Miss. College To Offer Classes In High Schools

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Natchez-Adams School District and Copiah-Lincoln Community College will offer classes offering both college and highschool credit next fall in culinary arts, hospitality and tourism.

The courses will prepare students for careers managing, marketing and operating restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreational events and travel related services, officials told The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/1Guk0gC).

“In order to prepare them for the workforce, we need to provide opportunities for them,” said Fallin principal Daisy West. “We would like to expose our students to more programs.”

Ala.’s Largest College Gets New Leader

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s largest two-year college, Calhoun Community College in Decatur, has a new president.

The chancellor for Alabama’s two-year college system, Mark Heinrich, recommended James Klauber Sr. for the job, and the state school board approved the recommendation Wednesday.

Klauber has been president at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Ky.. Prior to going into education, Klauber served in the South Carolina National Guard for 27 years, was in the South Carolina House of Representatives for a decade, and served on the City Council in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Klauber holds both a doctorate in education leadership and a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Calhoun Community College has more than 11,000 students.

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