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Illinois Central College Awards Spring 2014 Graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Grebner   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:06

EAST PEORIA, IL (08/27/2014)(readMedia)-- Illinois Central College, East Peoria, presented diplomas and/or certificates to nearly 1,000 students who completed their program of study during the Spring 2014 semester. Graduates were formally recognized during ceremonies May 17 at the ICC CougarPlex.

Area students recognized include:

Thomas S Carrigan of East Moline (61244) -- Associate in Applied Science Degree

Austin H Brasmer of Moline (61265) -- Associate in Applied Science Degree

Eric M Kohrs of Moline (61265) -- Associate in Applied Science Degree

Marissa Elizabeth Runyon of Rock Island (61201) -- Associate in Science Degree

Located in East Peoria, Ill., Illinois Central College is a two-year community college that provides a high quality, affordable education to prepare students to enter the workforce or to transfer to a four-year college or university. For more information on ICC, visit

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Written by Jackie King   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:27

AMES, Iowa (August 26, 2014) - Iowa State University awarded a total of 832 degrees at the end of the 2014 summer term. Of the students receiving degrees, 500 were awarded undergraduate degrees, 222 master's degrees and 110 doctor of philosophy degrees.

Of the students receiving bachelor's degrees, 52 graduated "With Distinction" (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude). 



from Bettendorf, IA:

Stephanie Blaser, Bachelor of Science, Food Science (AGLS), Summa Cum Laude
Michael Kurtz, Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering
Lucas Meyer, Bachelor of Science, Marketing

from Davenport, IA

Max Mayfield, Master of Business, Business Administration
Erin Sickels, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Health, Cum Laude
David Sikorski, Master of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

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Written by Vanessa Douglas   
Monday, 25 August 2014 15:04
The results of the May 2014 AP Exams honor the following seven Rivermont Collegiate students for high scores on the Advanced Placement Exams.
AP Scholars with Distinction: Shravya Pothula
AP Scholars with Honor: Summer Lawrence, Victoria Mbakwe, Amanda McVey, and Michal Porubcin
AP Scholars: Ryan Howell and Loring Telleen
These awards are made on the basis of both the number of exams taken and the scores on the exam. The scores range on a rising scale from 1 to 5.
Advanced Placement Exams follow a rigorous course of study and high scores may earn college credit at participating colleges and universities.
AP Scholars with Distinction:  students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams
AP Scholars with Honor: students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
AP Scholars: students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams

Simon welcomes Class of 2025 back to Carbondale Middle School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:31

Speaks about education reform initiatives

Welcoming the Class of 2025 back to school, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon highlighted a new leadership program aimed at keeping Carbondale Middle School students on track to graduate.

Simon joined Principal Marilynn Ross to tout the first CMS Leadership Academy, which provided students with tools to handle stress and inspire good behavior. The summer academy builds on a discipline program students will learn about in the opening days of class that aims to increase the time students are spending in class.

The future college Class of 2025 is now in sixth grade.

“The Class of 2025 is going to shape the future Illinois,” Simon said. “We need to provide every student, from Carbondale to Chicago, a clear path for success. Investing in their education is an investment in our state workforce.”

The year 2025 is the deadline set by Illinois leaders to have 60 percent of working-age adults hold a college certificate or degree. Economists say the highly educated workforce will be needed to attract and retain jobs of the future.

As part of the 60 by 2025 strategy, Simon’s office is working with the state’s public universities and community colleges to bring up college completion rates among students through Guided Pathways to Success, which aims to streamline course requirements so more students can graduate on time, in less debt and with a career connection. She also helped launch the state’s first math curriculum to cut down on remediation needs and led the Classrooms First Commission as it recommended ways for districts to redirect $1 billion from administration to classrooms.

Simon serves as the state’s point person on education reform and chairs the Joint Education Leadership Committee for the P-20 Council, the state’s top educational advisory body. This was Simon’s second address to the future college Class of 2025 in Carbondale. She first visited in 2011 when the Class of 2025 was in third grade at Thomas Elementary School.


Lt. Gov. Reynolds to serve on NLGA State Strategies in Education committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:09

(DES MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been selected to serve on the National Lieutenant Governor Association (NLGA) State Strategies in Education committee for 2014-2015. The selection comes in addition to Reynolds’ position as NLGA Chair-Elect and Chair of the Policy Resolutions Committee. She was nominated to serve with peers nationwide by the NLGA Chair Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

“I’m honored to have been chosen, and pleased to be able to serve as the chair of this critical committee on education,” said Reynolds. “Iowa has been a leader nationally in terms of our innovative Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, the Governor’s Science, Technology, Education and Math Advisory Council and our transformational education reform. Governor Branstad and I know that to ensure our children are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow, they must have a world-class education today. I look forward to the opportunity to share Iowa’s story and am eager to hear of progress occurring in other states.”

Reynolds was elected Iowa’s 45th Lieutenant Governor on Nov. 2, 2010.  She serves as the co-chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. Her passion for STEM education was recognized by STEMconnectorTM when she was the only elected official named to their “100 Women Leaders in STEM.” She currently chairs their STEM Food & Ag Council. She has led economic development trade missions to China, Germany, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.

NLGA is a professional association enabling policy discussion on a broad range of topics, an exchange of best practices, and an opportunity for lieutenant governors to develop leadership priorities and shared solutions for the states and territories.  See for more information.

A photo of Reynolds can be found here.  For more information on Lt. Gov. Reynolds, please visit


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