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2016 November 3 - 04:21 pm

News Briefs

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

Ivy Tech Adopts Transgender Rights Policy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Freedom Indiana advocacy group says Ivy Tech Community College has adopted a transgender-inclusive policy that will protect transgender and gender-nonconforming students and faculty from discrimination.

The group said that the policy’s guidelines grant transgender and gender-nonconforming students the right to express their gender identity openly or to keep it private; and it allows students to use facilities that match their gender identity.

The group said it also requires all school records to reflect a student’s gender and name; and it requires students be addressed by the name and pronouns that correspond to their gender identity.

Freedom Indiana says the policy went into effect on July 1.

Conn. Board Sets Guidelines For Police

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state board that oversees community colleges in Connecticut has approved a process for community colleges to form armed police forces on campus.

The Hartford Courant reports the action by the Board of Regents for Higher Education follows passage of a bill by the General Assembly earlier this year that opens the door for officers at all 12 community colleges in the state to carry guns.

Currently, only Naugatuck Community College has armed officers.

Under the plan, officers would have to show certification that they have received police officer standard training, and undergo background checks. The schools themselves must submit a thorough security plan and have a policy on the use of force.

The board must approve those plans before authorizing campuses to have armed forces.

Federal Grant Aims To Train ESL Teachers

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A new federal grant aims to help educators earn second language education degrees at Highlands University.

The northern New Mexico school announce this week that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Highlands a $2.2 million grant to help students with tuition, books, and related professional development.

Under the five-year grant, 30 educators who work with students, in the Santa Fe and Española school districts will earn their associate degree at Santa Fe Community College and then transfer to Highlands.

Students will take classes from Highlands University School of Education faculty at either the university’s Santa Fe Center in the Higher Education Center or at an office in Espanola.

NJ College Gets $5.3M STEM Grant

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey community college has been awarded a fiveyear, $5.3 million federal grant to support education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The Record newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/ 2eq9MYR ) the grant will serve all of Bergen Community College’s STEM students and particularly support firsttime, full-time degree seeking Hispanic, low-income and atrisk students.

The Paramus-based college plans to improve academic performance for these students, who have faced barriers entering STEM fields, by adding more faculty interventions, hands-on experiences and industry interactions.

The college received a $3.8 million U.S. Department of Education grant in 2011 that funded its five-year “Graduation Pathway to Success Project.” STEM enrollment has since increased 67 percent.

The college enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

Alabama Colleges Placing Emphasis On Job Creation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Community College System has hired Jeff Lynn as the system’s senior executive of workforce and economic development.

Officials tell AL.com (http://bit.ly/2dLNLWe) they are stepping up efforts to work with the private sector to create and fill jobs.

Lynn comes to Alabama from Louisiana, where he had worked since 2008 and created and directed training programs that matched the needs of industry and business. The Louisiana program is called LED Fast- Start.

Before that, Lynn directed workforce development projects for Georgia’s Technical College System for 10 years.

Lynn said the availability of quality workers is the biggest factor in recruiting industry and other businesses.

Telemedicine Program Starts At Ky. College

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky community college is embracing the advances of telemedicine, a technology that allows health care professionals to see their patients from miles away.

WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/ 2ebvUX3) reports that the Hazard Community and Technical College will in January begin offering a telemedicine technician assistant program.

Program Director Shaun Neace says the concept of telemedicine is fairly new to the area. By adopting the system, patients in the mountain region would be saved the hassle of sometimes having to driving hours for a medical appointment.

As part of the course, students will learn how to help examine patients, relay their health information and operate equipment.

HCTC is accepting 20 telemedicine students for the 2017 spring semester. The program is funded by a grant through the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative.

Ivy Tech Selling Underutilized Classroom Site

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is planning to sell what a school official says is an underutilized conference center and classroom site near a central Indiana town.

Ivy Tech’s state board has approved a resolution to sell what is known as the Anderson North Campus near the Madison County community of Alexandria.

Anderson campus president Jim Willey tells The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin (http://bit.ly/ 2dGGUMF ) that the Alexandria site is no longer needed since last year’s opening of a new Ivy Tech campus in the city.

The Alexandria site is an 8,300-square-foot former funeral home that was donated to Ivy Tech about six years ago. Willey says the property should be on the market later this year after appraisals set an asking price.

NH Colleges Get $1.2M Grant For Apprentices

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's community colleges have been awarded $1.2 million from the federal government to fund an apprenticeship program.

The grant will fund the ApprenticeshipUSA—New Hampshire project. It will serve 133 apprentices and will focus on underrepresented populations, including people who are low-income, have limited English proficiency or have disabilities. The program will also give priority to youth, women and veterans.

Key partners include the governor's office, the state Department of Labor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Velcro USA, Inc., and GE Aviation.

An announcement about the grant did not specify what type of jobs will be open for apprenticeships.

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