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2009 February 23 - 12:00 am

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  • Police Nab Carjack Suspect In Automotive Repair Class

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old carjacking suspect from Detroit who was studying auto repair at a community college may have been using the skills he learned in class to dismantle stolen vehicles. 

The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report Osbie Jackson was arrested at the Wayne County Community College District campus in Taylor while in a class where students learn how to remove vehicle ignitions.

Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans says Jackson apparently sold parts of stolen vehicles. He was jailed after being arraigned on armed robbery and carjacking charges in connection with a Dec. 28 carjacking in Detroit.

  • New Alabama Science Center Will Expand Nursing Courses

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Faulkner State Community College broke ground on $14 million science building.

The new building will expand the college’s nursing programs from the main Bay Minette campus to the school’s Fairhope branch.

The 52,000-square-foot Science and Allied Health building will be equipped with labs and classrooms for biology, chemistry, physics and microbiology courses, as well as a new student center.

A third floor will house an all-new cinematography program to help develop Alabama’s film industry, said Faulkner’s Fairhope campus director John Borom.

  • Wyo. College Planning To Offer 2-Year Welding Certificate

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Northwest College is seeking permission to offer two-year certificates for its welding program.

The Powell college currently offers only one-year certificates for different welding skills and an associate of applied science degree in the program.

Associate professor of welding Bill Johnson says many students don’t want to work for an associate degree because it includes courses such as English and other general-study classes they find difficult or have no interest in.

Many take two years to of welding but can only receive the one-year certificate.

The Wyoming Community College Commission must approve the college’s application to offer the two-year welding certificates.  If approved, the new certificate program would begin this fall.

  • Bishop State Dean Agrees To Settle ‘Scapegoat’ Suit

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Retired Bishop State Community College technical dean Harry Holloway has settled his federal lawsuit accusing the school of making him a “scapegoat” for its financial problems.

Holloway, who had worked for the college for 22 years, announced his retirement after the settlement was reached.

Then-Bishop State President Yvonne Kennedy reprimanded Holloway in 2007 for his alleged role in a scandal in the college’s culinary arts program.

Holloway sued, claiming he had nothing to do with those problems and alleged he was accused because of race. Kennedy is black, and Holloway is white.

Attorneys in the case recently submitted a notice asking that all claims be dismissed, with each side bearing its own costs.

Bishop State President James Lowe says he’s glad it was settled, declining further comment.

  • Northern Idaho College Cites Historic Budget Experience

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Administrators of a community college in northern Idaho say the school was created during the Great Depression and has experience in doing a lot with little money.

North Idaho College spokesman John Martin told the Joint Finance-Appropriations budget writing committee that the 75-year-old institution will look to its founders for inspiration on how to save money in the economic downturn.

Martin says the college is looking for alternative ways to raise funds, such as seeking grants and federal money.

The college has asked lawmakers for nearly $30 million to operate during the next fiscal year, which begins in July, but officials also expect a 10 percent cut in their state appropriation.

Idaho colleges and universities stand to lose about $28 million under a budget proposed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

  • New Image, Brand Are Goals Of Planned Name Change

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Community & Technical College wants to rebrand itself and is asking the public for help in choosing a new name.

The college is inviting students, staff, faculty and area residents to submit their ideas for a new name for the school. Suggestions can be submitted in ballot boxes on the Institute campus or online at www.NameYourCTC.com.

President Joseph Badgley said submissions will be evaluated by a committee which will  choose three finalists. A public vote on the three finalists will be held in March.

  • Miss. College Shelves Campus Construction, Renovations

ELLISVILE, Miss. (AP) — Jones County Junior College has shelved plans for construction of a new liberal arts center and other campus renovations until the economy improves.

The junior college, located in Ellisville, had planned up to $17 million in new construction and renovations.

Jones President Jesse Smith says design work has been completed but nothing will be done until interest rates improve and credit markets loosen up. 

Some of the buildings on  the campus are  more than 50 years old and are in need of repair and renovation, Smith said.  

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