- Sarah Palin Is North Idaho’s 2008 Alumni Award Pick
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Governor Sarah Palin, has won this year’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award at North Idaho College.
She has also been invited to be the May 2009 commencement speaker at the two-year school she attended for two semesters in 1983 before graduating from the University of Idaho in 1987 with a degree in journalism.
Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, but grew up in Alaska, where she was elected governor in 2006.
- Knox Co. To Pay CC Tuition For 500 High School Seniors
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County will be offering a ticket to college along with a diploma to up to 500 graduating high school seniors next year thanks to a privately funded tuition assistance program.
The KnoxAchieves program unveiled by Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam will provide up to $2,000 annually in tuition assistance to graduates of its 14 high schools to attend Pellissippi, Roane or Walters State community colleges.
First-generation college students will be targeted, and all recipients must complete one community service project each semester. Donors have already pledged $700,000 of the $1.1 million needed for the first year.
- Mass. To Scale Back Generous Preschool to CC Free Education.
BOSTON (AP) — State Education Secretary Paul Reville says the state’s financial crisis will force Gov. Deval Patrick to scale back his free preschool-to-community college education plan. The administration intends to proceed in January with several components of the Readiness Plan, Reville said, but won’t ask the Legislature to spend as much on the programs as previously hoped. He did not specify dollar amounts.
Reville says he will probably move forward with proposals to encourage school employees to join a statewide health insurance program and school districts to consolidate some services and purchasing programs.
- Oregon College Finds Buyers for $50 Million Bond Issue
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Chemeketa Community College says it has sold $50 million in bonds to pay for its expansion.
Although the school is one of a number of Oregon local governments and agencies shut out of the bond market by the credit freeze, Chief Financial Officer Craig Smith said it was able to find buyers who had pulled their money out of the stock market and were looking for a place to put it.
Voters have approved a total of $92 million in debt for the expansion. It includes a health sciences building and additional classroom space on the Salem campus, a new McMinnville campus and an emergency response building in Brooks to train EMTs, firefighters and police officers.
- Ex-Professor Gets 3 Years In Flint Area Knife Attack
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former Mott Community College professor and psychologist has been sentenced to three years in prison in a double stabbing.
William Harshman pleaded guilty last month to first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.
Lisa Heintz and her friend, Edward Lapine, were stabbed Dec. 24 at her Grand Blanc Township home, about eight miles southeast of Flint.
Defense lawyer Michael Haley says Harshman had lost $90,000 in mortgage dealings and blamed Lisa Heintz and her husband.
- Virginia’s CC Nursing Grads Increase 67% In Last 5 Years
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of students graduating from nursing programs in Virginia’s community colleges grew 67 percent over the last five years.
Gov. Timothy Kaine’s office said 1,365 students graduated from state community college nursing programs last year, compared to 817 in 2002-03. Kaine credited the partnership between the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association with helping meet the demands for nurses.
- PepsiCo Inc. Plans Lab at Former NC Textile Mill
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. will open a biology and nutrition research lab at the site of a former North Carolina textile mill that is now a research park.
Billionaire David Murdock, who owns the site and Dole Foods, announced the PepsiCo commitment during a dedication of the first of three primary buildings at the Kannapolis facility.
The beverage and snack maker will build a 4,000-square-foot lab on the North Carolina Research Campus, said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo chief scientific officer.
Developers expect the campus will grow into a $1.5 billion biotech center. Sixteen other businesses, eight North Carolina universities and the state’s community college system also have committed to open facilities at the campus.
The ceremony was for the 311,000-square-foot Core Lab, which offers $100 million worth of specialty equipment and lab space for rent to tenants of the 350-acre campus.
- Tech Centers in Tenn. Struggle As Budget Cuts Slash Funding
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Directors at Tennessee Technology Centers are preparing for a second round of budget cuts as program waiting lists soar for people wanting to become nurses, auto mechanics and computer operators.
About 30,000 students attend the state’s 27 technology centers, where enrollment is up 13 percent compared to last fall as people facing job loss turn to technical education.
As state revenue shortfalls continue, officials are cutting $43.7 million in higher education funding Vice Chancellor James King warned there could be more cuts coming.