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Education
5:06 am
Tue March 20, 2012

UNMC rankings climb in US News & World Report

UNMC rose in the 2013 US News and World Report rankings of the nation’s top medical schools.

Chancellor Harold Maurer says out of the 149 medical schools surveyed in the latest rankings, UNMC ranked sixth in primary care, up from seventh last year.  He says 83% of the students who attend medical school at UNMC are from Nebraska and many opt to work in the state when they finish school. 

Chancellor Maurer says he’s especially proud of the rural medicine program which tied for 12th this year, up from 15th last year.

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Politics & Elections
5:06 am
Thu March 15, 2012

LB 996 removes exceptions allowing students to leave school

The state of Nebraska has mandatory education laws in place until a student reaches the age of 18. 

An exception to the current law allows students to withdraw from school with a notarized statement from their parents.  LB 996, a bill sponsored by Senator John Wightman, seeks to eliminate that exception. 

He says even with a notarized statement, a student would not be able to be withdrawn from school by a parent or legal guardian.  There now would have to be an exit interview between the parent, the child and the principal.

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Health/Medical
8:27 am
Tue March 13, 2012

School-based health center opens at Omaha's Northwest High School

Northwest High School
photo courtesy OPS

A seventh school-based health center is now open in Omaha Public School.

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Education
5:15 am
Thu March 8, 2012

UNO to Open Military and Veteran Services Office

UNO has a long history of working with military and veteran students as well as their families.  In the fall of 2010 UNO’s Mav USO office conducted a survey of military and veteran students. 

The results of the study showed that military and veteran students knew UNO had a lot of great programs and services to support them. What they didn’t know was how to access those programs. 

Hayley Patton, Director of Military and Veterans Programs at UNO, says that will change in a few weeks as UNO opens a new military and veterans university services office to assist these students.

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Education
5:06 am
Fri March 2, 2012

LB 1144 promotes career academies for Nebraska

Senator Brad Ashford introduced LB 1144 in the legislature.

He says the bill is part of the education priority package of bills that will be voted on by the legislature in the next few weeks.  Senator Ashford says the bill supports and encourages the creation of career academies for Nebraska. 

He says a career academy is a stand alone educational school that would provide courses and a pathway to employment for those students who do not seek a traditional college education.  

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Education
2:32 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

UNO looks to add Bachelors Degree program in emergency management

 

A Bachelors Degree in emergency management could soon be offered at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The program would be offered as a Bachelor of Science Degree. John Bartle, acting dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, says a degree in emergency management is critical given recent natural and man made disasters. “Unfortunately these emergencies seem to be with us. It’s a profession that is evolving, and increasingly there’s a need for higher level education, more than just training, but education for people in this field.”

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Education
5:06 am
Tue February 28, 2012

According to a new Bellevue University Study: 1 in 3 Americans struggle to get by, consider school

A recent survey done by Bellevue University shows 2 out of 3 people who don’t have a degree are thinking about going back to school. 

Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University, says the purpose of the study was to understand the thoughts, motives and concerns of adults who have thought about going back to college and why they aren’t doing so. 

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Education
9:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Omaha Public Schools begins 2012-13 budget process

Omaha Public Schools officials don’t anticipate that budget cuts will be needed in the 2012-2013 spending plan.

OPS board members were updated Wednesday on the preliminary revenue forecast for the 2012-13 budget.  Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool says that forecast shows OPS will receive$9.9 million more in state aid next fiscal year. State aid certification will happen in May.

Education
5:06 am
Tue February 14, 2012

UNO announces a major gift toward academic success

Sapp Fieldhouse

UNO’s Athletic Department recently received a leadership gift from Brian and Carey Hamilton. 

Trev Alberts, UNO’s Athletic Director, says the money will be used for a student academic success center.  

He says the department’s focus right now is to look programmatically at how they can help students and coaches be successful at Division 1. 

Alberts says the university’s move to Division 1 means more competition and accountability.  He says that’s why it’s important that the department administratively supports the student-athletes and coaches.

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Health/Medical
5:06 am
Mon February 13, 2012

American Red Cross to Host Mass Care Boot Camp

The American Red Cross of Nebraska/Southwest Iowa is holding a Mass Care Boot Camp for volunteers February 27th through March 4th.

Tina Labellarte, CEO for the American Red Cross’ Nebraska/Southwest Iowa region, says last year, volunteers responded to events in 46 states.  

Because events can happen quickly, she says it’s important that volunteers are properly trained ahead of time.  The Red Cross’ Mass Care Boot Camp offers training in a shorter period of time. 

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