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Katie Whalen Receives Degree From SMU PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina Voss   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:54

DALLAS, TX (07/01/2014)(readMedia)-- Katie Whalen, a resident of Bettendorf received a Bachelor of Business Administration in real estate finance during the May 2014 Southern Methodist University's Commencement ceremony. After the University-wide Commencement, SMU's schools and departments held individual receptions throughout the day to honor graduates.

SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

Our Schools, Our Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Dave Loebsack   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:23

As someone who grew up in poverty, I know that education can change lives and I wouldn’t be here today had it not been for the great public education that Iowa offers. Access to a quality education for all should be one of our nation’s top priorities and the best ideas for how to improve education come from those working on the ground. That is why I recently visited schools across Iowa on an “Our Schools, Our Future” tour.

During these visits, I had the opportunity to meet with students, teachers, and school administrators to hear their thoughts and concerns about education in Iowa. As a former educator I firmly believe that for our country to continue to be the great power that it is, we must ensure all children have access to a high-quality education from preschool to college.

You may also have heard that I was recently chosen by my colleagues to serve as the Ranking Member, which is the senior most minority party Member, of the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. In this role, I will work on a bipartisan basis to ensure our students and teachers have the resources they need to succeed.

Every Iowa child deserves to receive a world class education that prepares them for success for years to come. I look forward to bringing the insight provided by Iowa students and teachers on the “Our Schools, Our Future” tour back to Washington.


Dave Loebsack
Iowa's Second District

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Written by Kelli Sanders   
Monday, 30 June 2014 16:15

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 30, 2014) - The student(s) listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University this spring. A commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The following local students were honored:

from Davenport:  Alysia Erritt, Jessica Glasgow and Matthew Purl.  From Rock Island: Kelly Kernan

Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service. Mount Mercy University is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and is a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE).

Over 85 years, Mount Mercy has grown in size and reputation, adapting to meet the changing educational needs of the Cedar Rapids community. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 students. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, nursing, marriage and family therapy, strategic leadership, and criminal justice. For more information on Mount Mercy, visit


Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 enrolled students and uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation.

ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust Offers Welding Skills Assessments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Shindelar   
Monday, 30 June 2014 15:43

ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust is now offering welding skills assessments. Welding training will be offered starting in the fall 2014.

Several different types of welding training will be available: Structural Welding for Fabrication (Stick), Structural Welding for Manufacturing (MIG), Pipe Welding (Stick), Structural Welding for Fabrication/Maintenance (MIG), Structural Welding for Fabrication/Maintenance (TIG), “Sanitary” Structural Welding for Fabrication/Maintenance (TIG) and “Sanitary” Pipe Welding for Fabrication/Maintenance (TIG).

Each class will have a maximum of eight people. The training will be customized to each individual trainee. The instructor will speak with each employer or trainee to tailor their training to their goals.

"The ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust has taken a major step in helping the construction industry resolve the national shortage of skilled welders with the opening of its new welding training facility," said Mike McCoy, ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trustee Chair.  "The new welding lab is equipped with the latest Miller Welding Technology, which allows students to learn Stick, MIG and TIG welding for both structural steel and piping in a controlled environment. Under the instruction of one of the area’s top welding instructors, students can achieve their welding certifications and join the racks of the nation’s best skilled tradesmen!"

Assessments will be held July 25 and 26. The training will begin in the fall. Please contact Ginny Shindelar at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 515.985.1175 or visit


Katherine Kautz receives Bachelor's Degree from Saint Mary's College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gwen O'Brien   
Monday, 30 June 2014 14:41

NOTRE DAME, IN (06/30/2014)(readMedia)-- Katherine Kautz of Bettendorf, IA has graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. Katherine, daughter of Gregory and Ann Kautz of Bettendorf, IA, received a BA in Communication Studies.

About Saint Mary's College: Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women's liberal arts college offering five bachelor's degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as business, nursing, art, chemistry, and social work. The College's single-gender environment has been proven, in study after study, to foster confidence, ethical leadership, and strong academic success. Saint Mary's College ranks ranks 76 among the "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" for 2014 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary's College's mission is to educate women and prepare them for postgraduate success whether it's a first job, graduate school, or postgraduate service.

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