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Deadline to Register to Win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa Account is Approaching PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:44

DES MOINES, IA (09/22/2011)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald wants to remind Iowans it is their last chance to celebrate College Savings Month by registering their child to win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account. "I encourage everyone to register for the giveaway and explore the benefits of using a 529 plan, such as College Savings Iowa, to save for their loved ones future higher education expenses," stated Fitzgerald. "Don't miss out on this great opportunity to jumpstart your child's college savings." For more information and to register for the giveaway, please visit before September 30th.

September, College Savings Month, helps bring attention to the fact that saving for college is one of the most significant things families can do for the children in their lives. Studies have shown that children who have money saved for school are almost four times more likely to attend a four-year college than those with no account.* This makes saving ahead of time one of the most significant things families can do to help make college a reality for their children. By starting early, saving a little at a time and making smart investment choices, parents can make their savings work for them.

College Savings Iowa is an affordable, tax-advantaged option for families who are saving for their children's higher education. It takes just $25 to open a College Savings Iowa account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $2,865 per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income in 2011 and there no income or residency restrictions.**

Investors do not need to be a state resident and can withdraw their investment federally tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or technical training school in the United States or abroad. To learn more about College Savings Iowa, go to or call 1-888-332-7545.

*From the Center for Social Development study: The Role of Savings and Wealth in Reducing "Wilt" between Expectations and College Attendance. William Elliott III and Sondra Beverly, 2010.

**Adjusted annually for inflation if withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Central College Representatives at area high schools PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:13

PELLA, IA (09/21/2011)(readMedia)-- A Central College admissions representative will soon be visiting area high schools. All students are invited to visit the representative in the schools' counseling centers to learn more about Central.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport West High School at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport Central High School at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport North High School at noon on Tuesday, September 27.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Bettendorf High School at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Pleasant Valley High School at 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Admissions counselor Jessica Steward will visit Davenport Assumption High School at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Admissions counselor Austen Scheuler will visit North Scott High School at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 26.

Central College is a private, four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. Central's academic program offers 39 majors leading to a bachelor's degree along with pre-professional programs and advising. Central was recognized in the 2010 U.S.News & World Report's annual rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. Central's study abroad program was included in the programs to look for section.

More information about Central College is available at or by calling 877-462-3687.

Excelsior College Announces Recent Graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:02

ALBANY, NY (09/20/2011)(readMedia)-- The following Quad Cities area students have graduated from Excelsior College:

Ramon I. De La Fuente, a resident of Bettendorf, IA, has earned a Bachelor of Science.

Amanda Maria Sansone, a resident of Davenport, IA, has earned a Bachelor of Science.

Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Excelsior's unique strength is its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.

Rock Island's Tyler Fisher chosen as UW-Platteville Resident Assistant PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:58

PLATTEVILLE, WI (09/20/2011)(readMedia)-- Tyler Fisher of Rock Island, IL has been selected to be a resident assistant for Brockert Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the 2011-12 academic year.

It is the job of an RA to help residents in adjusting to university life. The RA informs students of university resources and programs, works with different parts of hall government, gives and receives personal feedback, promotes an educational atmosphere, encourages involvement in campus functions and responds to personal and disciplinary concerns. RAs also work to provide students with a sense of identity, growth experiences and the feeling of responsibility toward others.

UW-Platteville is located in the southwest corner of Wisconsin. The school reached a record-breaking enrollment with 7,212 students in 2011-12 and looks to surpass that record this year. UW-Platteville provides 41 majors and 70 minors to students, as well as the Tri-State Initiative program, a tuition savings program offered only at UW-Platteville. This program offers competitive pricing for students in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa when annual tuition, fees, room, board and books are included.

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'Design-a-Decal' is long-standing contest that creates fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:37

DES MOINES, IA (09/19/2011)(readMedia)-- Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) members around the state have used ISEA's student-designed stickers to celebrate student achievement and good work for over 26 years. Now in its 27th year, the popular Design-a-Decal program helps give statewide recognition to budding art students when their winning designs are printed on stickers and teachers use them to give positive feedback to their students. With encouraging messages like "Sweet Job" and "You Rule," the stickers get used on anything from homework assignments, to papers and projects-anything that can get stuck!

Students competed in three, grade-level categories: elementary (K-5); junior high/middle school (6-8); and high school (9-12). The 24 winning designs are printed in full color on sheets of one-inch square stickers and each design is featured twice.

"The Design-a-Decal contest is one of our longest-standing programs because it's so much fun for the students. The art teachers who administer the program are very enthusiastic and the students who submit designs love to participate, so it's a win-win for everyone. It's a wonderful way to encourage creativity and the end result are stickers teachers can use on homework and other assignments to encourage more great work," said Chris Bern, president of the ISEA.

The students who created the designs used on the decal sheets receive two plaques from the ISEA-one they can keep and one to be displayed at their school.

(A listing with names of the schools, supervising art teacher, and students whose designs were selected for use on the decal sheets is attached. Also attached is a sheet of the winning decals.)


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