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Erin Steckel Graduates from the University of Houston PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristina Michel   
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:39

HOUSTON, TX (08/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Erin Steckel, a English, BA major and a resident of Davenport, IA, was among more than 4,200 students who graduated from the University of Houston (UH).

The UH Spring 2012 Commencement was held in May at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:53

The following individuals from your area have been named to the Dean's List at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Spring 2012 semester:

Jordyn Elizabeth O'Rourke from Davenport, a Nursing Undergraduate and Erica Renita Peace from Moline, a Letters & Science Undergradate.

 UWM is the second largest university in the State of Wisconsin, with more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Davenport Community School District chosen as finalist to compete for up to $25,000 Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Taylor K. Lutkewitte   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:48

Local farmers nominate school districts for America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠

DAVENPORT, IA. (August 1, 2012) – Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. Davenport Community School District in Davenport was recently named as a finalist to receive consideration for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠ grant. Davenport Community School District is one of 33 finalists in Iowa.

“We received so many outstanding applications from rural school districts across the county,” said Deborah Patterson, President, Monsanto Fund. “The finalists truly went above and beyond what was expected and stand out as top tier choices.”

More than 61,000 farmers shared their passion for rural education by nominating more than half the eligible school districts. Finalist schools were chosen for their program ideas and funding needs. Davenport Community School District also benefited from community support through numerous farmer nominations which strengthened the district’s application.

The grant review process includes an online application scoring system based on merit, need and community support; a review by science and math teachers from ineligible school districts; and a farmer advisory council.

Now that the finalists have been chosen, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications. In 2012, the Monsanto Fund plans to award nearly $2.3 million to eligible school districts across the country. To see the full list of finalists please visit

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education started with a successful pilot in Illinois and Minnesota, in which farmers were given the opportunity to nominate a public school district in 165 eligible counties in those two states. The Monsanto Fund awarded more than $266,000 to local schools in 16 CRDs. Now, the program has expanded to 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities and support local rural school districts. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural education and communities. Another program that is part of this effort is America’s Farmers Grow Communities, giving farmers the opportunity to enter to win $2,500 to donate to their favorite community nonprofit organization in their county. You can participate in this program between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30 by visiting

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at


Midwest Technical Institute Summer Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah May   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:41
At the Quad Cities Campus located at 3620 Avenue of the Cities in Moline.

  • Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 10:00am-2:00pm

Midwest Technical Institute will be hosting its Summer Open House Thursday, August 23 from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday, August 25 from 10am to 2pm. Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) has been a part of the Illinois community since 1995 and the Quad Cities campus was established in 2011. It is our mission to be a leader in promoting student learning and achievement in a variety of careers and trades. We currently have workforce training programs in the Mechanical Trades and Allied Health. Our programs include Journeyman Welding, HVAC – Major Appliance Repair, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Pharmacy Tech and Massage Therapy. Midwest Technical Institute would like to welcome the general public and those interested in the school to come by and see the campus. The Instructors and Staff will be on hand to give tours and help answer any questions about our workforce training programs. For those interested in enrollment, our admissions and financial aid staff will be available to answer questions as well as to assist with enrollment paperwork and applying for financial aid. Please stop by and see what MTI has to offer.

Other items of interest:

Free blood pressure screenings to be performed by medical assisting students.

At Thursday’s Open House, we will have our Lincoln Electric Virtual Reality Arc Welding Simulator available for the public to tryout. The simulator produces real-time, welding technique feedback similar to a video game. Come give welding a try!

Current students will be available to talk about their programs and experience at the school.

There will be door prizes.

Free food and drinks will be available.

Midwest Technical Institute – Quad Cities, 3620 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, IL 61265, 309-277-7900,


New Law Eliminates Legislative Scholarship Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:40
Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill sponsored by Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) eliminating the General Assembly Scholarship program in Illinois. For 52 years the program provided full tuition waivers for each State Representative to award to students in their home legislative districts to use at the State school of their choice.


“These were waivers, not scholarships,” Morthland said. “Estimates suggest this unfunded mandate placed a $12 to $14 million burden annually on Illinois universities while the state already owes them tens of millions in overdue bills. In 2011, 1,327 tuition waivers were awarded in Illinois, costing approximately $13.5 million which was then passed on to tuition paying students. In these tough economic times, students and universities cannot afford to absorb this cost.”


Recent investigations have uncovered a number of instances where General Assembly scholarships went to ineligible family members, campaign contributors and students outside of the legislative district.


“There has been too much misuse and fraud tied to legislative scholarships. Reform attempts didn’t work and we continued to see instances of abuse. Eliminating these scholarships was the right thing to do.”



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