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The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make community and technical colleges free. Senate Bill 284 passed unanimously on a 34-0 vote and now heads to the House of Delegates.

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The board that oversees West Virginia's community and technical colleges has rejected tuition increases for three schools.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Council for Community and Technical Colleges approved two of five requests to increase tuition more than 5 percent on Friday.

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West Virginia's community and technical colleges have increased the number of degrees awarded in the last five years, despite drops in the student success rate and student retention.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the college system's chancellor Sarah Armstrong Tucker announced Thursday that the nine-college system has given out 19,000 degrees since 2010. Of those, more than 13,000 were associate degrees.

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The governing board for West Virginia's community colleges has approved tuition increases for three institutions.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the Community and Technical College System's board on Thursday approved increases of almost 8 percent at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, 10 percent at Weest Virginia Northern Community College and slightly more than 10 percent for West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

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  The chancellor of West Virginia's community and technical college system is leaving after 11 years on the job.

Chancellor James L. Skidmore announced Thursday he will leave his post on June 30. He was the first chancellor of the system.

Since his start in 2004, Skidmore said he worked to secure a 35 percent increase in community and technical college budgets. He also sought improvements to infrastructure and the creation of two advanced technology centers.

A search committee will be formed to find a successor.

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The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia has announced more than 4,500 degrees were awarded during the 2013-2014 school year.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of certificate degrees awarded in the state more than doubled from 539 to 1,476.

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West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Officials say the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.