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2015 February 16 - 02:25 pm

News Briefs

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


Non-Traditional Food Studies Program Offered by NY College

NEW YORK (AP) — A new program in food studies to be offered by Hostos Community College program will go beyond the traditional culinary courses found at many other schools.

The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1yMNyGi ) reports that students will study the benefits of processed versus unprocessed foods and create their own farmers’ markets on campus. The program will offer a broad overview of food policy, social justice, environment, health, science and business.

The goal will be to prepare students for jobs as technicians, analysts, nutritionists and entrepreneurs in the Bronx and elsewhere.

The college says the curriculum will help bring awareness to the benefits of healthy eating. The Bronx has a high rate of diabetes and obesity-related illnesses.

Box Takes Over as President of Kentucky College System

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Jay Box has officially taken over as president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Box will oversee a statewide system of 16 colleges. He says the college system’s goal is to help students achieve their dreams and to help supply a college-educated workforce to fill the needs of business and industry in Kentucky.

KCTCS Board of Regents Chairman P.G. Peeples says Box has a strong background that includes stints as a faculty member, college president and KCTCS chancellor.

The KCTCS Board of Regents approved a presidential contract that includes an annual salary of $345,000 and a $24,000 car allowance.

Maine College System Names Interim President

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The trustees of the Maine Community College System have named an interim president after John Fitzsimmons stepped down last week after coming under fire from Gov. Paul LePage.

The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1B3PSFR ) reports that Derek Langhauser, who has served as the system’s general counsel, will serve as interim president until a permanent replacement for Fitzsimmons is found.

The Republican governor said he wanted Fitzsimmons to resign because “nothing has happened in the last four years.” LePage officials have said the governor had concerns about the system’s deci sion

to pull out of the Bridge Year Program and the delay in creating a process for transferring credits between community colleges and other colleges.

In the end, he removed himself, saying his presence jeopardized funding. A national search for a new president will start in March.

New SC Center To Offer High- Tech Training

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Clemson University and Greenville Technical College are building a new $25 million center to train students for high-tech jobs in automotive, transportation and other industries.

The Center for Manufacturing Innovation is a joint effort between the institutions and industry.

Officials broke ground on the new center in Greenville on Monday adjacent to Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research Technology known as I- CAR.

The goal of the center is to increase the number of skilled workers for companies operating in upstate South Carolina.

The center will offer dualcredit programs and also work in partnership with Greenville County schools to interest students in careers in advanced manufacturing.

Oil Management Degree Offered By WV Colleges

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — Alderson Broaddus University and Pierpont Community & Technical College are teaming up on a major in petroleum management.

The joint venture was announced in Bridgeport at the offices of FESCO Ltd., a petroleum engineering services company.

The degree program will be launched in the fall.

Alderson Broaddus will provide a path to a bachelor degree for students who earn an associate of applied science degree in petroleum technology at Pierpont Community & Technical.

The degree program is intended to prepare a graduate for a career in the management and regulatory practices of the oil and gas industry.

App Aims To Keep Students In Class

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — College students could find it harder to skip classes thanks to a new app developed by an Indianapolis startup.

Core Principle’s Class120 app allows parents, professors and campus administrators to monitor whether students attend class.

Founder Jeff Whorley tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1Cj8Hc8 ) he was inspired to create the app after talking with a professor about the number of students who skip classes.

He says students nationally report they skip about 20 percent of classes throughout college.

The app can’t force students to go to class. But it can provide incentives by alerting parents, professors and administrators of an absence. Students also are notified that they’ve missed a lesson.

So far, about 2,000 people are using Class120. Whorley hopes to increase that number to 5,000 by this fall.

Neb. Program Intended To Boost RNs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing is offering a new program to help boost the number of registered nurses in the state.

The nursing school says it will provide early, guaranteed admission in the RN to BSN program for qualified students enrolled in associate degree nursing programs at the six community colleges in the state.

The six community colleges are: Central Community College in Kearney and Grand Island; Metro Community College in Omaha; Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte; Northeast Community College in Norfolk; Southeast Community College in Lincoln; and West Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.

Juliann Sebastian, dean of the UNMC College of Nursing, hopes the agreement helps Nebraska reach its goal of attaining 80 percent of registered nurses with BSN degrees.

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