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2008 September 21 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Grant Money Runs Out for Tech College Students

MILWAUKEE (AP)  —  An estimated 4,000 low-income technical college students may get less aid this fall because the state has run out of grant money for them.

The state Higher Educational Aids Board stopped giving Wisconsin Higher Education Grants to students in the Wisconsin Technical College System on Aug. 21.

Students applying after that date are being put on a wait list, but the agency’s executive secretary Connie Hutchison says it’s unlikely they will get grants.

Grants for technical college students usually run about $430 to $1,100 per year.

Last year, the money ran out in November, and about 2,700 technical college students were shut out. About 24,000 students received grants last year.

Wisconsin Higher Education Grants are still available for University of Wisconsin System students.

  • President of Cape Cod CC Subm-its Resignation

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — The president of Cape Cod Community College says she is stepping down.

Kathleen Schatzberg announced on that she will resign at the end of next summer after more than a decade on the job.

Schatzberg raised millions of dollars to add and renovate buildings at the school, boosted ties to area industries and politicians, pushed for diversity and re-connected the school to the communities it is meant to serve.

Schatzberg, who was inaugurated in May 1999, says community colleges “thrill my soul” but that she is getting burned out by the “24/7 treadmill” and wants to move on while still feeling strong.

She is considering a variety of projects, including continued advocacy for community colleges or working with foundations.

  • Del. College’s Airframe Program Classes Delayed

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — The start of Delaware Technical & Community College’s airframe maintenance technology classes has been put on hold.

The program was scheduled to begin with the start of the fall semester last week, but renovations to an old hangar that will become the classroom building are not finished.

The classes are now expected to begin in the spring.

The hangar at the Sussex County Airport is being divided in classroom space and work areas.

School officials say the delay won’t delay the graduation for the program’s first 20 students. They are using the fall semester to fulfill general education requirements.

  • Labor Dept. Announces Grant for Iowa Workers

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Department of Labor has announced a $441,000 grant to assist Iowa workers who were affected by the closing of Winnebago Industries manufacturing facility in Charles City.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Brent Orrell says the grant will provide important assistance to workers as they search for new jobs.

The grant, which was awarded to Iowa Workforce Development, will be operated by the North Iowa Area Community College.

The grant will help provide workers of the Charles City manufacturing facility with full access to dislocated worker services.

Winnebago announced it would be closing its Charles City manufacturing plant in June. Its workers were laid off on Aug. 1.

  • Upgrades Planned for Hawaii Campuses

HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii campuses statewide will be getting $60 million in capital improvement projects.

The governor’s office said that the bulk of the money— more than $58 million— will be used for repair and maintenance projects, capital renewal projects and other facility improvements at all campuses.

The work will include mechanical, electrical, roofing, exterior and interior renovations.

The rest of the funding will cover the design and construction of improvements to address health, safety and building code requirements at UH-Manoa, the Institute for Astronomy’s laboratory in Waiakoa, Maui, and Honolulu Community College.

Gov. Linda Lingle says the projects will ensure UH campuses continue to be centers of academic excellence.

  • Enrollment Growth Fueled By Job Losses In Maryland 

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Hagerstown Community College officials say people who return to college after losing their jobs are one reason for the increase in enrollment.

Jennifer Fisher, director of admissions at HCC, says the struggling economy and other factors have caused enrollment to increase about 10 percent.

This may be the first year that HCC’s student population will top 4,000.

Fisher says online classes at HCC have grown by about 40 percent since last year. She says because of high gasoline prices, people would rather study at home than drive to class.

  • Wake Tech Students Can Transfer To NC State 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Students at Wake Technical Community College can now work on their associate’s and bachelor’s degree at the same time under an agreement signed by the school and North Carolina State University.

The Partnership for Access to College will allow community college students to have guaranteed admission to the university if they enroll in the college/university transfer curriculum. Students must complete their first semester with a 3.0 grade point average and 12 credit hours.

Wake Tech president Stephen Scott said in a statement Monday that agreements like these are critical for ensuring the highest quality educational options for North Carolinians.

Admitted students can take one N.C. State course per semester and have access to campus libraries and services.

  • Iowa College President Resigns After Photo Appear

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Central Community College is losing its president after a photo that appears to show him pouring beer into a young woman's mouth surfaced and raised questions about his conduct.

The school's board of trustees unanimously approved Robert Paxton's resignation. It also approved a severance package that officials said was valued at about $400,000.

Mark Crimmins, the president of the board, said although the incident happened in Paxton's private life, “it reflected poorly on the college.”

“Based on our discussions, it was determined that it would probably be in Dr. Paxton's best interest and the college's best interest that he resign as president,” Crimmins said.

The photo, which was published in The Des Moines Register, shows Paxton with a group of young people on a boat.

He is holding a small keg above a young woman's head. The Register said the photo was taken over the Fourth of July weekend at Lake Okoboji and sent to the paper unsolicited.

The board also approved a severance package for Paxton, who had recently signed a new, three-year contract. As part of the package, Paxton will be paid for two of those years and get health benefits for a period of time.

Chuck Peterson, former vice president of financial affairs, was tapped to step in as liaison during the search for Paxton's replacement. 

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