- Vermont CC Head Named New Chief of State System
`WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The president of the Community College of Vermont is going to become the new chancellor of the Vermont State College system.
On July 1, Tim Donovan will replace Robert Clarke. Clarke is retiring after 10 years as head of the state colleges.
The Vermont State Colleges are made up of Castleton, Johnson and Lyndon state colleges, Vermont Technical College and the statewide community colleges.
Together the five schools have more than 12,000 students.
The 57-year-old Donovan has been Community College president since 2001.
He was one of three finalists for the chancellor’s job.
Donovan’s appointment comes at a time when a task force is studying the possibility of merging the state colleges with the University of Vermont.
- Confederate Symbols Killed By Utah’s Dixie State
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Dixie State College trustees voted to retire the school’s Rebel nickname and mascot symbol because they are associated with Old South stereotypes invoking slavery and the rebel Confederacy.
It was a formality — Dixie State had already adopted a new Red Storm nickname and bull mascot in February.
It also was a close vote. The board voted 5-4 to retire the old symbols.
The switch came over the objection of hundreds of students and alumni.
Many locals insist the Rebel image hailed from nothing more than efforts by Mormon settlers to grow cotton in southern Utah. Others said that nuance would be lost on people outside of Utah.
Dixie State College made the switch as it seeks an affiliation with the University of Utah, which has a more national reputation and is concerned about its image.
Randy Dryer, the university’s chief trustee, told The Associated Press that the name change was an ironclad condition for Dixie State College’s affiliation with the University of Utah.
Dixie may also have to change its name to “University of Utah at St. George” if merger talks succeed, he said.
But Dixie trustees Chairman Shandon Gubler has said the university never explicitly asked the college to change its nickname.
Instead, he said, university officials advised college trustees that if they want to “play on the global stage” they would “be wise to make tough decisions.”
- NC Foundation Targets Training For Immediate Job Openings
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina foundation turning cigarette industry money into jobs in the state’s farthest corners wants to retrain workers in a hurry for available jobs.
The Golden LEAF Foundation said it has $3.5 million for non-profits that develop short-term programs giving workers new skills. Foundation president Dan Gerlach said there are jobs in sheet metal fabrication and weatherization.
The need for worker retraining has meant 15,000 new students flooding into community colleges since the fall.
Golden LEAF receives half of North Carolina’s share of money from cigarette companies since 1998’s national tobacco settlement. The Rocky Mount-based foundation has made more than 700 grants worth $370 million.
- Neb. Teacher Will Resign As Part of District Deal
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A chemistry teacher at North Platte Community College has settled with the administration and will resign.
The college’s lawyer says Deming Pan violated federal privacy laws by giving student information to an accreditation agency.
The college says Pan talked to the agency because she was concerned about the college’s academic standards. She shared those concerns during a closed meeting with the Mid-Plains Community College District governors, who were considering her termination.
Under the settlement, she’ll be paid through the end of her contract on June 30 and get an extra $10,000. She’ll also get a letter of recommendation.
The board voted 8-1 to approve the settlement.
- Extracurricular Activities Get Boost Under Scholarship Plan
SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) — Southwest Mississippi Community College will allow students who receive a full academic scholarship to also get other funding for their involvement in extracurricular activities.
SMCC president Oliver Young says the change approved by the Board of Trustees will allow the school to attract academically strong students who also want to participate in other activities.
Before the change, students could accept up to $700 in additional scholarship funding, after everything else was paid for.
Young says the ban particularly hurt recruiting for programs such as band, where it was hard to sign up students without some kind of scholarship.
The board’s action reversed a ban on a student receiving both academic and extracurricular scholarships that was enacted three years ago.
- Bergen CC Scraps Plans for Meadowlands Construction
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Bergen Community College says it is no longer interested in building a $30 million campus in East Rutherford near the Giants-Jets football stadium.
Instead, the school’s president says it is considering buying an existing building to accommodate increasing enrollment in the Meadowlands area.
College President Jerry Ryan says the poor economy could work to the school’s advantage because real estate prices have declined.
The Paramus-based college currently has a southern Bergen County satellite facility in a rented building in Lyndhurst. It enrolls more than 900 students.
Ryan says the college would like to acquire a building of 110,000 square feet or more.
- Western Mass.Sees Enrollment Boom at 2-Year Colleges
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials at several western Massachusetts community colleges say regional economic woes have translated into an enrollment boom.
Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College and Greenfield Community College all report spring enrollment increases from 5.5 to 7 percent compared to last year.
Holyoke Community College’s online enrollments also are up 25 percent over spring 2008.
Authorities say the trend is driven by the increased number of layoffs, and the lack of other jobs for those people and others entering the work force.
A Holyoke Community College spokeswoman says they also are receiving more referrals from career centers and more applications from middle-aged adults than in previous years.