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Juco partnerships are good business

Education-business link helping to build good workforce across the state   When Severstal Columbus opened its doors in Aug. 2007, only 10 percent of its 545 employees had experience in the steel industry. That is why the company used multiple mediums for workforce training, said Charlie Furman, external relations manager for the Columbus plant, which produces flat-rolled steel for use ...

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Wilson gets it

  MEC president understands link between education and business Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) president Blake Wilson understands the important link between education and the business community. That understanding has not gone unnoticed by others. Hank Bounds, commissioner of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, said Wilson, who has spent more than 15 years working with various statewide chambers of commerce, ...

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With merger issues aside, college president search can begin

It did not take long for the whole college merger issue to die — at least for now. A major legislative deadline came and went without action by the Mississippi Legislature last week. This clears the way for the search to begin for new presidents at Mississippi University for Women (MUW) and Alcorn State University, replacing Dr. Claudia Limbert and ...

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MUW offering free tuition to EMCC students

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women (MUW) has begun offering free tuition to Lowndes County students who’ve completed their associate’s degrees at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) with at least 2.5 grade point average. Bucky Wesley, vice president of student services for MUW, says students must have exhausted all other scholarship and grant possibilities before qualifying for the program at ...

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Mayor preparing for trip to China

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree will travel to Linyi, China, in March. Linyi is south of Shandong province and has a population of about 10 million people. DuPree tells the Hattiesburg American that he and his staff will be joined by some faculty and staff from William Carey University. The school shares a formal relationship with Linyi. DuPree says ...

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College merger bill misses deadline

JACKSON — There will be no vote in the Mississippi Legislature this year on merging three of the state’s universities. The proposal is among those dying as Mississippi legislators faced their first major deadline of the 2010 session. Tuesday was the final day for committees to act on bills filed in each chamber. The surviving bills move to the full ...

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MUW name-change appears dead

COLUMBUS — A legislative effort to give Mississippi University for Women a gender-neutral name appears dead this session. The Senate Universities and Colleges Committee took no vote on the bill that would have given the state College Board the authority to rename the school. That killed the bill, since it wouldn’t meet today’s legislative deadline. Opponents of the proposal claimed ...

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Study looks at later-starting school year

GULFPORT — If school began at the end of August, a study by Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation finds the state could generate millions in tourism dollars and school districts could save money on utilities. Currently, most districts begin holding class the first or second week in August. The study looked at starting at the end of August or ...

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Ross says no talk of college mergers

JACKSON — College Board president Scott Ross says the board has had no discussions about merging any of Mississippi’s public universities. Ross told lawmakers yesterday that the board assumed Gov. Haley Barbour’s proposal to merge eight universities into five was “dead on arrival” because the House Universities Committee chairman opposes it. Ross’ comments prompted murmurs of approval from many of ...

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College tenure under scrutiny

JACKSON — Is academic tenure under attack? A number of university professors across Mississippi believe so. The state College Board gave initial approval in December to policy changes that would reduce how much warning time is required to fire tenured and tenure-track professors for financial reasons. There’s even in a bill in the Legislature that would eliminate tenure entirely. The ...

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