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2015 September 13 - 02:02 am

News Briefs

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

Suspect Pleads Guilty to Campus Stabbing Rampage

HOUSTON (AP) — A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder for a 2013 stabbing rampage on a Houston-area community college campus that wounded 14 people.

Dylan Andrew Quick also pleaded guilty to two aggravated assault counts. State District Judge Maria Jackson could sentence Quick to anything from probation to life imprisonment when he’s sentenced Oct. 29. Quick remains jailed without bond.

Quick was accused of stabbing and slashing more than a dozen people with a scalpel and X-Acto knife in an April 9, 2013, rampage on the Lone Star College- Cy Fair campus.

Quick was born deaf. His attorneys contend he has had problems developing social skills as a result. They also say he has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder since his arrest. They are asking for probation.

Students Could Be Expelled for Off- Campus Assaults

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may permit community colleges to suspend or expel students for sexual assaults that happen off campus.

The state Assembly on Monday passed SB186, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. It advanced out of the Legislature with no lawmakers opposed.

The bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson extends the disciplinary powers of community colleges to apply to sexual assaults that don’t involve other students or happen off campus grounds.

The Santa Barbara Democrat says her bill would make California campuses safer. The University of California and California State University systems say their policies already permit punishing students for offcampus sexual assaults.

The Legislature is considering several other bills increasing consequences for campus sexual assault.

Miss. College Receives Historic $1M Donation

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Ever since Kathy Brookshire became executive director of the Meridian Community College Foundation some 15 years ago, she had a dream — that one day someone would walk through her office door and donate $1 million in support of MCC students.

The Meridian Star reports (http://bit.ly/1IXMiBL) this summer MCC alumnus David Quave made Brookshire’s dream come true. Quave’s donation, which he recently made official at a local gathering of MCC trustees, staff and some of his closest old friends, is thought to be the largest sum ever provided to MCC by a single individual.

MCC President Scott Elliott called the donation ``historic.’’ The next step was for Quave to work with Elliott and his staff to determine how his donation might be specifically utilized.

Va. Colleges Get Grants To Aid Needy Students

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three colleges in Virginia will receive federal grants to help students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in higher education.

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded $23.4 million to more than 100 institutions in 36 states. That’s in addition to $270 million for 968 institutions in similar grants announced a month ago.

The latest announcement gives grants of $267,000 to Paul Camp Community College in Franklin and $220,000 apiece to Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth campus and to Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Typical projects under the grants include assisting students with academic tutoring, course selection, financial aid and economic literacy information, and other support and resources. It also can help students transfer from two- to four-year colleges or from undergraduate to graduate or professional studies.

Mazda Partners To Train Wyo. Technicians

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Car manufacturer Mazda is partnering with WyoTech (formerly known as Wyoming Technical Institute) training car repair technicians.

David Pace, Mazda’s group manager for technical training, said the company is assigning its own instructors to assist WyoTech instructors in implementing training.

WyoTech industry relations specialist John Hurd says WyoTech instructors attended two weeklong trainings sessions with Mazda trainers and would continue to interact as needed.

Hurd tells the Laramie Boomerang (http://bit.ly/1Na4put ) that WyoTech instructors are well on their way to master-level instruction themselves.

Students at WyoTech would be allowed to take advanced courses offered to become levelone Mazda-certified technicians.

Pace says the program, which began in July, would provide the opportunity for certified graduates to work at Mazda dealerships anywhere in the country.

Indiana Medical School Campus Plans Advance

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP)— The state budget committee will vote in October whether to release $25.2 million in state funds to build a medical school campus in downtown Evansville.

Indiana University trustees gave final approval for the IU medical school that will cover almost six square blocks in Evansville, Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Jj5Hma ). The Indiana Legislature approved the funding in the state budget for the IU and University of Southern Indiana portions of the medical campus earlier this year.

The University of Evansville, a private institution, is contributing $6 million. City Council has approved a $57 million bond for the campus and related development.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said he doesn’t see any reason the state budget committee wouldn’t release the funds when it meets Oct. 12, saying that will clear the way for groundbreaking.

The campus is a partnership among the IU School of Medicine, University of Southern Indiana and University of Evansville.

Ivy Tech Community College intended to move health classes to the campus, but did not receive state funding to do so.

The medical school’s completion date is tentatively set for December 2017.

Ark. School Gets $281K in Federal Grant Funds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas community college is receiving a federal grant for services to help college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in higher education.

The U.S. Department of Education announced that the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana will get $281,511 in grant money.

The grants fund academic tutoring, assistance in course selection, information about financial aid and economic literacy, and support and resources.

The grants will also help students transfer from two to fouryear colleges or from undergraduate to graduate or professionalstudies levels.

Earlier, the federal agency announced an initial round of Student Support Services awards of $270 million for 968 institutions in every state.

Wash. Considers Changes to Pre- Paid Tuition Plan

SEATTLE (AP) — A state committee is considering letting parents who invested in the state’s prepaid college-tuition program in recent years pull their money out without penalty.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/yImMY3 ) that the committee is also considering changes, including freezing sales of units in the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition, or GET, program for up to two years.

Washington runs one of the few college-savings programs in the country that allow parents to pay tuition in advance, but at a price that’s higher than the cost of tuition today.

GET director Betty Lochner says staff is recommending four steps so recent investors don’t lose money and so all investors get a chance to cash out without incurring penalties.

R.I. Col leges Get State Grants for Job Training

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three public Rhode Island colleges are partnering with local industry leaders to help train students for jobs in various fields.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1JgnJVZ ) the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island were among those awarded $225,000 in Real Jobs Rhode Island planning grants.

Jim Purcel, state commissioner of postsecondary education, announced the partnerships Thursday.

The grants are part of an initiative involving 21 recipients designed to train employees for jobs that employers want to fill.

The partnerships aim to address skills gaps in biotechnology, cybersecurity, banking and insurance, health care, hospitality, IT and manufacturing.

Purcel says the partnership will ensure that potential employees are ready to step into positions and help employers improve productivity.

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