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Grassley Q & A: Internships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Charles Grassley   
Monday, 01 February 2010 15:46

Q:        What internship opportunities do you offer to Iowa students?

A: I strongly encourage and welcome college-age Iowans to intern in my Washington and Iowa offices.  Internships are available during the spring and fall semesters and for two six-week summer sessions.  Internships are an excellent educational opportunity where students get first-hand exposure to the legislative branch and learn about the process of representative government that’s at the heart of America’s democracy.  Depending on the college, these internships may qualify for course credit.  Internships also are an excellent way for young people to gain work experience in an area of interest.  More than half of the current permanent staff members in my office were interns.

Q:        What type of work do interns do?

A: Interns get put to work in my office.  They’re assigned their own desks and responsibilities.  Duties include assisting permanent staff members in the administrative, legislative and communications departments, as well as the staff I hire for the Finance and Judiciary committees in the Senate.  Tasks include scheduling appointments, giving Capitol tours, answering phones, organizing press clippings, helping constituents with questions, drafting letters to government agencies, researching issues and policy proposals, and more.

Q:        How do students apply for your internships?

A: Interested students should visit, print out a form, and send applications to or 202-224-6020 (fax).  Applying by email or fax avoids security-related delays in postal mail delivery to the U.S. Senate office buildings.  Also, my offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo, as well as the placement offices of Iowa colleges and universities, all have copies of Grassley internship application forms.  The application deadline for Summer 2010 internships is March 15, 2010.  I hope many students consider an internship.  If you have questions, please call my internship coordinator, Cory Crowley, at 202-224-3744.

Local students graduate from Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia Newswire   
Monday, 01 February 2010 13:46

ROCK ISLAND, IL (01/29/2010)(readMedia)-- Augustana College is pleased to announce the fall graduates of 2009. Students were awarded their Bachelor of Arts degree at the completion of fall term in November.

From your area, the following students graduated:

  • Andrew Brown from Port Bryon, IL who majored in business management
  • Katherine Caldwell from Moline, IL who majored in theatre
  • Adam Friedrich from Port Bryon, IL who majored in philosophy
  • Clayton Holst from Davenport, IA who majored in biology
  • Emilie Malone from Davenport, IA who majored in sociology
  • Zachary Newcomb from Rock Island, IL who majored in philosophy
  • Kate Nielsen from Davenport, IL who majored in biology
  • Mourad Belahsen was awarded their Bachelor of Arts degree at the completion of the summer term in August.  Belahsen, from Moline, majored in business finance.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 60 majors and areas of study. Augustana employs 226 faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

Local Students Named To President's & Dean's Lists At Drake University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia Newswire   
Monday, 01 February 2010 13:32

The following local students have been named to the President's List at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. This academic honor is achieved by earning a straight-A grade point average of 4.0 during the Fall 2009 semester at Drake.

Kelsey Berneking of Bettendorf, IA

Lauren Brandt of Bettendorf, IA

Stephanie Gibb-Clark of Moline, IL

Drew Luder of Moline, IL

Steven Merrick of Eldridge, IA

Erika Milas of Bettendorf, IA

Taylor Odegard of Le Claire, IA

Marshall Phares of Princeton, IA

Caitlin Pryor of Bettendorf, IA


Abby Sheehan of Bettendorf, IA

Rachel Vogel of Moline, IL

Kelsey Wells of Bettendorf, IA

The following local students have been named to the Dean's List at Drake University. This academic honor is achieved by earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the Fall 2009 semester at Drake.

Jonathon Allred of Davenport, IA

Christopher Beck of Bettendorf, IA

Kristin Blough of Davenport, IA

Leah Christensen of Bettendorf, IA

Emily Cleek of Moline, IL

Scott Copeland of Davenport, IA

Ryan Curtis of Donahue, IA

Aaron Dammann of Bettendorf, IA

Jared Dammann of Bettendorf, IA

Alise Farrell of Davenport, IA

Katherine Foley of Davenport, IA

Eder Fonseca of Moline, IL

Andrea Glasgow of Walcott, IA

Kathryn Hamilton of Blue Grass, IA

Ryan Hendricks of Rock Island, IL

Evan Lawrence of Moline, IL

Jami McCubbin of Long Grove, IA

Stephanie Merrick of Eldridge, IA

Anthony Milas of Bettendorf, IA

Mary Miller of Milan, IL

Jordan Porter of Eldridge, IA

Chelsea Rink of Davenport, IA

Charles Schwartz of Bettendorf, IA

Erika Sevigny of Davenport, IA

Elizabeth Thoms of Rock Island, IL

James VanEchaute of Moline, IL

Phillip VerBeke of Port Byron, IL

Leah Wrath of Moline, IL

Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,200 full-time undergraduate students from 45 states and 62 countries. Drake University's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

Eastern Iowa CC sets record for spring enrollment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alan Campbell   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 15:59

With 19 percent growth from just one year ago, Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICCD) has set a new enrollment record for its spring session of 8,336 students.

EICCD includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. The current enrollment easily eclipses the previous record of 7,145 set in 2005 and is more than 1,300 students higher than the 7,005 attending in the spring, 2009. The spring numbers follow a similar record set by the three colleges this past fall.

“There is a great sense of excitement at our colleges as we welcome so many new students,” said EICCD Chancellor Dr. Pat Keir. “Other than possibly in the early years immediately after the colleges were founded, we have never seen such a dramatic growth in a single year.  It is a very satisfying feeling to know that students put such great trust in us and our educational offerings.”

All three colleges registered enrollment gains for the spring semester with Clinton Community College reporting 1,855 students, Muscatine Community College, 1,534, and Scott Community College, 4,945.

The Clinton Community College (CCC) number is notable because it is the highest the college has ever registered in any semester, fall or spring. The total tops CCC’s previous record of 1,596 set this past fall.

“We have many people to thank for making this happen; first and foremost are the more than 8,000 students who have chosen to continue their education with us,” Dr. Keir said. “In addition to that are all the faculty and staff who have worked so hard to accommodate our students. Even with this sudden growth, their work is making it possible for us to provide the same quality education to students as we always have.”

College officials mention current economic factors as one of the reasons for the record enrollment. Many of the new students are individuals who have been recently laid off and are entering one of the colleges’ more than 50 career programs for re-training in a new job field. Approximately 2000 of the colleges’ students are 30 years of age or older.

The colleges are also seeing an increase in the number of traditional age students just graduating from high school. Those students and their parents are turning to the community colleges as an affordable option for the first two years of a four-year degree program or for their career training.

EICCD maintains formal transfer agreements with area private colleges and the state universities, making it easy for students to transfer their credits once they graduate from the community colleges.

Tuition at the three colleges is $112 per credit hour, roughly $3,500 per year for a full-time student taking 16 credit hours per semester.

“While we did raise tuition this past academic year to react to cuts in our state funding, we made every effort to keep it as minimal as possible,” Dr. Keir said. “We are committed to keeping our tuition among the lowest in the state so that a college or technical education is available to everyone.”

Government grants are available for those in need of financial assistance. In addition, all three colleges have foundations that provide scholarship opportunities for students. Some of those scholarships are based on need but many others are based on academic ability, the student’s program of study and a number of other factors. Everyone is encouraged to apply for scholarships, even if they think they won’t qualify. The deadline for filing for the fall 2010 session is April 1.

Other growth areas for EICCD have been its online programs and high school delivery.

Through a cooperative effort with other Iowa community colleges, students can earn their Associate in Arts degree entirely via the internet. In addition, the colleges offer career training in such areas as Health Information Technology and Health, Safety and Environmental Technology. More than 1,000 students are enrolled in the college’s online classes.

The district also works closely with many high schools in its service area to offer college-level classes to current high school students.

Many of those classes are held in the high schools, making it convenient for students to attend as part of their regular class schedule.

To make room for the increased student enrollment, Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges will soon be opening new science additions at each college. Clinton Community College opened its new Maquoketa Center last summer and Scott Community College will be opening a new Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center in July.  All of these additions were made possible thanks to a bond referendum passed by voters in 2007.

For more information about EICCD or any of its colleges go online to or call 1-888-336-3907.

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Written by Kirkwood CC   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 15:17
(January 27, 2010) - Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean's List for the Fall 2009 Semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours with the college.
Kirkwood students from the area earning this distinction include:

Bettendorf, IA
52722, Brendan R. Bishop, Culinary Arts - AAS; 52722, Quinn C. Claussen, Masonry Construction - Diploma; 52722, Eric M. Derby, Liberal Arts - AA; 52722, Melissa E. Gill, Culinary Arts - AAS; 52722, Mariah L. Helgerson, Paralegal - AA; 52722, Thomas D. Horton, Liberal Arts - AA; 52722, Jeffrey C. Nicely-Green, Fire Science Management - ASCO;

Davenport, IA
52807, Betsey M. Baker, Business Administration - ASCO; 52804, Chase Cartee, Communications Media / PR - AA; 52807, Eric J. Clapp, Liberal Arts - AA; 52802, Michael A. Conger, Pre-Engineering - AS; 52804, Sarah N. Craddick, Liberal Arts - AA; 52804, Ramsay A. Dibbern, Veterinary Technician - AAS; 52803, Christopher M. Hansen, Liberal Arts - AA; 52807, Katie L. Hermiston, Nursing - AAS; 52807, Lesley R. Huseman, Liberal Arts - AA; 52807, Alexander J. Kish, Liberal Arts - AA; 52807, John M. O'Donnell, Liberal Arts - AA; 52806, Timothy P. O'Leary, Industrial Maintenance and HVAC Technology - AAS; 52803, Jennifer M. Salib, Paralegal - AA; 52804, Alexander J. Shipman, Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center Management - AAS; 52804, Troy M. Stalder, Pre-Business Transfer - AA; 52802, Mariah R. Whitehouse, Dental Hygiene - AAS; 52803, James M. Wiebler, Automotive Technology - AAS; 52804, Matthew R. Wilford, Management - AAS;

Moline, IL
61265, Nicholas D. Loehr, Liberal Arts - Transfer - Non-degree; 61265, Barbara J. Nichols, Pre-Business Transfer - AA;

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