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Higher Education Notebook: Russians coming to MSUM

Minnesota State University Moorhead will host a six-member Russian delegation Saturday through Nov.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will host a six-member Russian delegation Saturday through Nov. 20.

The delegates are visiting the United States to study public health and human services, with a particular interest in services for the disabled.

The Russians will visit various health-care facilities, schools and social service providers in Fargo-Moorhead during their stay.

At MSUM they will spend time in the Disability Services Office and academic departments of social work, special education, economics, health services administration, health and physical education and nursing.

New partnership

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Two area colleges will announce a partnership today that provides training for area businesses.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College and North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, are combining their resources to provide work force training.

In addition to academic programs, the two colleges have a history of working with various businesses to help upgrade their employees' job skills.

"We really want to figure out a way to serve our region," said Jerry Migler, MSCTC provost.

One example of the partnership is a new portable welding lab that will be taken to businesses for corporate training.

Employees will be able use the portable lab to upgrade their skills on site.

Professor honored

A Concordia education professor is the first community member to receive the Creating the Future Award from Fargo Public Schools.

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The School District recognized Barbara Witteman for her three years of coordinating service learning opportunities for Clara Barton Elementary students.

Witteman's education methods students have worked with Clara Barton students on various community service projects, including making blankets for the Salvation Army and visiting nursing home residents.

She is the 19th person to receive the award since 2000, but the first recipient outside the School District.

U-Mary goes online

The University of Mary's new online program has earned accreditation.

The university offers two programs, a master of business administration in management and health care. Both programs feature24-hour technical support.

Plans are under way to offer several other online programs. Online programs begin every January, May and September.

Child care grant

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A North Dakota State University program has received a $64,000 grant to ease the financial burden on students who have children.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education through a program called Child Care Access Means Parents in School, will help low-income students with child care expenses.

The program will allow qualifying students to focus on their classes without worrying about paying for child care.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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