A summary listing of higher-ed-related news from around the nation
Memorial Planned for Slain Umpqua Students
WINCHESTER, Ore. (AP) — Officials at Umpqua Community College, where a gunman in October killed nine before turning the gun on himself, say a memorial is being planned for the victims.
UCC Interim President Walter Nolte told the UCC Board of Trustees the memorial will be built in front of the Pacific Power office in Green, just south of Roseburg. A huge flag pole, which will be visible from Interstate 5, will also be erected.
Officials said Pacific Power has already cut down the trees and the company is waiting on one more permit before it begins construction. Other businesses located near Pacific Power will also help with the memorial.
The News-Review also reports (http://bit.ly/1RR0t2G ) UCC Strong, a fund created after the shooting, has raised $1.3 million with United Way. It distributed more than $400,000 so far to families of the deceased and to injured students.
Ga. Gov. Backs More Technical College Scholarships
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to expand a scholarship program available to technical college students studying to work indemand jobs.
Deal spoke at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast at the start of the legislative session. He says industrial maintenance programs prepare students for jobs that companies need to fill.
The Strategic Workforce Development Grant covers tuition at Georgia’s technical colleges for students pursuing jobs that employers often struggle to fill. The 11 topics already covered include commercial truck driving, early childhood care and welding.
Deal also told attendees of the breakfast that his administration will not accept cuts to the state’s film and television tax breaks, which have drawn projects to the state. Deal said the projects add millions of dollars to the economy.
Tenn. Colleges Pulled from Outsourcing Proposal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirteen community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology have been removed from Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan for the massive privatization of the management and operation of nearly all state-owned buildings, including college campuses.
In a letter obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel and The Commercial Appeal, outgoing Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan said that an internal analysis showed that each campus’ spending on facilities management fell well below the industry benchmarks identified by the state.
He also presented the Haslam administration with a list of concerns about the outsourcing plan. Some of the concerns include unforeseen costs and employee protection. He said the jobs of existing college and university employees would be outsourced to private building management company.
Morgan also asked that the governor’s team running the outsourcing initiative work directly with the six universities to determine if it’s in their best interests to participate.
New Football Team Forced To Forfeit Wins
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A community college that started up a new football program last fall has had to forfeit its only four wins because of a paperwork snafu.
Hocking College in Nelsonville issued a press release saying the team had to forfeit the victories because it failed to submit required paperwork certifying the eligibility of its players to the National Junior College Athletic Association. The other three games on the schedule were losses.
According to The Athens Messenger (bit.ly/1ONGP6X), Hocking College President Betty Young says the season was a learning process and the college’s sports teams now are in compliance.
The team attracted attention because starting quarterback, Trent Mays, had been convicted of rape when he was a high school player in Steubenville.
$850K Donation Will Boost Aviation Training
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield technology firm has donated $850,000 to a local aviation mechanic training program.
The gift from Levi, Ray and Shoup will add classroom space and allow for more students in the program based at the city’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. Lincoln Land Community College provides the training.
Richard Levi is CEO of the private firm, which has a corporate aircraft hangar at the field. Levi told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1S660nv ) that the financial assistance for the program “helps with education, jobs, and the economy.”
Airport executive director Mark Hanna said adding a 5,200- square-foot classroom and training facility will help meet demand for workers at StandardAero, a repair and maintenance company based at the airport.
Hanna said aviation mechanics earn $59,000 to $90,000 a year.
Va. Colleges Get $2M To Aid Jobless Miners
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s community colleges are getting nearly $2 million from the federal government to aid coal mining workers who lost their jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor says the grant for the Virginia Community College System will help about 210 workers in southwestern Virginia who were laid off from Bristol-based Alpha Natural Resources. They’ll receive career services and training to prepare them for positions in manufacturing, tourism and outdoor recreation industries.
The grant is being made available through the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative.
Wash. Solons Propose Tuition- Free College
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A group of Democratic lawmakers in Washington have announced a proposal to make community college and technical college free for state residents without a bachelor’s degree.
Some qualifying students could also get a stipend for books and other expenses based on family income, lawmakers said at a news conference. The lawmakers did not include a way to pay for the program, deemed the “Washington promise program.” The plan would apply to part-time students, too.
Last year, President Barack Obama proposed making community college free. Three states have created free community college programs since 2014: Minnesota, Oregon and Tennessee, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. At least 11 other states introduced legislation to create similar programs in 2015.
Gov. Supports More Funding for Inmate Education
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal asked Georgia lawmakers to put millions more into educating state prison inmates and helping county jails provide programs that offer a chance to get job skills while serving time.
Deal spoke to the General Assembly’s Joint Appropriations Committee, kicking off a week of legislative hearings on his $47.5 billion spending plan for the coming financial year. Deal has made education in Georgia’s criminal justice system a priority since taking office.
Deal last year asked lawmakers to establish two charter schools at state prisons, allowing inmates to earn high school diplomas, an alternative to existing GED certificate programs and job skills training. For the fiscal year starting in July, Deal is asking lawmakers to commit $4.3 million toward the schools, expansion of GED certificate programs and other job-skills training.