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Simon: Keep student loan rates low PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Phillips   
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:20

Aurora students focus on affordability, job prospects

AURORA – June 22, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said she supported keeping student loan rates affordable during a round table Friday with adult education and ESL students at Waubonsee Community College’s new downtown Aurora campus.

Simon urged Congress to vote soon on a plan to keep interest rates from doubling July 1. The hike on federal subsidized loans to undergraduates would cost the average Illinois student more than $1,000.

“College isn’t a luxury, it is a necessity that all of us should be able to afford,” Simon said.  “Congress needs to take steps to keep rates down. The General Assembly needs to fund state education grants. And students need to do the hard work it takes to complete college and enter the workforce here in Illinois.”

Simon serves as the Governor’s point person on education reform. In her first year in office, she conducted a Complete College Tour of the state’s 48 community colleges to promote college completion. She has advocated for strengthening the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants so more low-income students can access higher education. And a bill she crafted to reduce remedial math needs at colleges and universities awaits the Governor’s signature.

Simon visited Waubonsee’s downtown Aurora campus in recognition of its first anniversary. Unlike the former campus on Stolp Island, the River Street campus enables students to complete certificates and degrees at the single downtown location.

As part of her tour Friday, Simon learned about a "bridge" program that allows students to earn a GED while also taking a health information technology prep course.  This course improves writing proficiency and introduces students to health terminology and the health information technology career. She also learned about Waubonsee's unique Health Care Interpreting and Legal Interpreting programs that prepare bilingual students for interpreting careers.

“Health care jobs are in-demand in our state, and we need to make every effort to help students graduate on time, in less debt and with a credential that connects to these good-paying jobs,” Simon said.

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Local students named to Augustana College spring term Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:18

ROCK ISLAND, IL (06/22/2012)(readMedia)-- 831 students have been named to the Dean's List at Augustana College for the 2012 spring term. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

From your area, students who have earned this honor include:

Sheila Ahuja from Rock Island, Ill., a junior majoring in English and language arts education.

Anthony Ash from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in accounting and business administration-finance.

Jessica Bacon from Rock Island, Ill., a sophomore majoring in elementary education.

Angela Bahls from Rock Island, Ill., a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders and psychology.

Samantha Bazely from Coal Valley, Ill., a junior majoring in communication studies.

Adam Bengfort from Davenport, Iowa, a sophomore majoring in liberal studies.

Allison Brown from Milan, Ill., a junior majoring in English and language arts education.

Courtney Brown from Port Byron, Ill., a senior majoring in biology.

Ryan Brummet from Port Byron, Ill., a senior majoring in mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer science.

Nicholas Cummins from Rock Island, Ill., a senior majoring in biology.

Zain Dada from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in biology.

Grace Drenth from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in psychology.

Tonnie Farwell from Rock Island, Ill., a junior majoring in accounting.

Kayla Ferguson from Orion, Ill., a senior majoring in creative writing.

Abby Fiedler from Orion, Ill., a senior majoring in mathematics education and mathematics.

Jillian Gibbs from Rock Island, Ill., a senior majoring in biology.

Shai Gonzales from Milan, Ill., a junior majoring in political science.

Thomas Harris from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in biology.

Darshan Hullon from Moline, Ill., a junior majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Alexandra Jones from Sherrard, Ill., a junior majoring in biology.

Samantha Kammerman from Milan, Ill., a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Benjamin Knapper from Davenport, Iowa, a sophomore majoring in applied mathematics.

Manisha Kumar from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Anna Letendre from Rock Island, Ill., a senior majoring in business administration-marketing and psychology.

Kelsey Lovaas from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in business administration-management and accounting.

Eryn Maccabee from East Moline, Ill., a junior majoring in English and Scandinavian studies.

Hannah Maloney from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in psychology and communication studies.

Conner Martinez from East Moline, Ill., a senior majoring in accounting.

Melissa Mc Greer from Illinois City, Ill., a senior majoring in biology.

Nathaniel McDowell from Rock Island, Ill., a senior majoring in English, philosophy, and classics.

Samantha McGreer from Illinois City, Ill., a sophomore majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Timothy Murga from Rock Island, Ill., a senior majoring in biology.

Leart Neziroski from East Moline, Ill., a senior majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Jacob O'Rourke from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in accounting, economics, and business administration-finance.

Douglas Peters from Port Byron, Ill., a senior majoring in neuroscience and biology.

Richard Rector from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Lauren Reid from Sherrard, Ill., a senior majoring in business administration-marketing and communication studies.

Amie Rogers from Rock Island, Ill., a senior majoring in art and theatre arts.

Anna Rusch from Davenport, Iowa, a junior majoring in business administration-advising.

Lisa Schippers from East Moline, Ill., a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Andrew Shearouse from Coal Valley, Ill., a junior majoring in business administration-advising.

Roman Shepard from Davenport, Iowa, a first year majoring in liberal studies.

Rosalie Starenko from Rock Island, Ill., a sophomore majoring in geography.

James Stratton from Sherrard, Ill., a sophomore majoring in multimedia journalism and mass communication.

Astrid Tello-Rodriguez from Milan, Ill., a senior majoring in psychology.

Emma Thompson from Port Byron, Ill., a junior majoring in Spanish and psychology.

Chelsea Vickerman from Silvis, Ill., a senior majoring in business administration-finance.

Kaleigh Wall from Eldridge, Iowa, a senior majoring in art.

Alexander Wenskunas from Davenport, Iowa, a senior majoring in political science.

Dalinda Widdop from Milan, Ill., a junior majoring in biology.

James Wiebler from Davenport, Iowa, a junior majoring in biology.

Laurel Williams from Milan, Ill., a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Shelby Womack from Davenport, Iowa, a junior majoring in biology.

Jennifer Youngs from Taylor Ridge, Ill., a senior majoring in psychology and political science.

Alyssa Zwicker from Orion, Ill., a junior majoring in psychology and sociology.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Alumni include 139 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

 
State Treasurer Fitzgerald Phone Call With President Obama PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:09

Making College Affordable

DES MOINES, IA (06/22/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald was on a call with President Obama on Thursday discussing the importance of helping families make college affordable. "As state treasurer, I have always advocated for saving for college," Fitzgerald stated. "Since the 1998 launch of College Savings Iowa, Iowa's 529 plan, my efforts in raising awareness about this important topic have only increased. While tens of thousands of families are saving through College Savings Iowa right here in Iowa, many still find themselves taking out student loans."

On a call with President Obama, Treasurer Fitzgerald and the President determined that they have a common belief, we need to help young people and their families make college affordable.

The President wants Congress to pass legislation that will stop student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1, 2012. For Iowa families, the average amount Iowa students will borrow next year is just over $4,000. If the interest doubles, this will cost those students an extra $993 over the life of that loan.

Through College Savings Iowa, Fitzgerald advises families to start saving early and to save regularly. Saving early may help reduce a family's need to borrow to cover educational expenses, which will help parents – and their children – get through college with less debt. "While my message is still the same, I don't believe that families who have been unable to save enough should be penalized by having to pay more in student loan interest," Fitzgerald stated. "I encourage all Iowans to make their voice heard in Washington the next nine days."

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Local Students Earn Degrees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Various sources   
Monday, 25 June 2012 08:48

Kimberly Andresen-Reed Earns Degree From Cornell College

MOUNT VERNON, IA (06/21/2012)(readMedia)-- Kimberly Andresen-Reed of Davenport earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Andresen-Reed was one of 254 students to receive degrees from the college during its June 2 ceremony.

One of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar. The OCAAT schedule provides students with intellectual immersion, academic focus, and unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an internship-all without missing out on other classes. Founded in 1853, the college's entire hilltop campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Joshua Johnson of Port Byron Graduates from Dominican University

RIVER FOREST, IL (06/21/2012)(readMedia)-- Joshua Johnson, a resident of Port Byron, graduated cum laude from Dominican University in May with a bachelor's degree in sculpture and painting. Johnson attended Riverdale Senior High School.

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor's degrees through the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and master's degrees through the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The university also offers a doctoral degree in library and information science. In the 2012 issue of America's Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dominican University in the top 20 of Midwest master's level universities. The magazine also ranked Dominican as one of three Great Schools at a Great Price in Illinois.

 
Branstad and Reynolds release statements on denial of Iowa’s No Child Left Behind waiver PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Governor's Office   
Monday, 25 June 2012 08:47

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released the following statements upon learning Iowa was denied a No Child Left Behind waiver. Read the official letter from the United States Department of Education here.

Gov. Branstad:

“Responsibility for the denial of this request lies squarely at the feet of the Iowa Legislature, which did too little to improve our schools despite repeated warnings. The education reform plan Lt. Governor Reynolds and I proposed would have ensured a waiver from the onerous federal No Child Left Behind law. Lawmakers, instead, chose to delay updating the educator evaluation system by requiring a task force study the issue and make recommendations for consideration by the 2013 Legislature. The U.S. Department of Education, however, left the door open to approving Iowa’s request for flexibility if lawmakers come back to the table and pass meaningful reform that gives the Iowa Department of Education the authority it needs to update evaluations now.

“Iowa has slipped to the middle of the pack in education in part because we did not adopt the same rigorous policies as other states receiving the waiver. This reflects poorly on Iowa, and our students deserve better.”

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds:

“The governor and I have traveled all 99 counties, and dozens of those visits centered on school transformation. Iowans understand that our children and grandchildren must be prepared with a globally competition education. Governor Branstad and I presented an education blueprint that would have done just that, while also passing the waiver test.

“Our door remains open, and if state lawmakers want to come together to give the Iowa Department of Education the authority it needs to move ahead with updating educator evaluation now – with a focus on continual improvement and accountability – we are ready.  We cannot allow our children to be stuck in 20th century schools when it is critical that we do more to assure they are prepared for the 21st century.”

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