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Braley Accepting Applications for Military Service Academy Nominations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Friday, 12 September 2014 15:14

Deadline to submit applications is Monday, October 13th

Washington, D.C. – Rep.  Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that he is accepting applications from high school students from Iowa’s 1st District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for an appointment to the Class of 2019.

“Our military academies provide a world-class education and help develop our nation’s next generation of leaders,” Braley said. “Iowa has a proud tradition of service and I look forward to reading the applications of Iowa’s best and brightest seeking to carry on that tradition by serving in the U.S. armed services academies.”

Interested students should contact Braley’s district office in Waterloo to request an application packet to be considered for a service academy nomination. The application packet includes specific instructions on the accompanying forms and required documents, including an application form, an essay, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and letters of recommendation.

These materials take time to compile, so interested students are strongly encouraged to start obtaining the materials needed for the packet as soon as possible.

Braley nominates up to 10 candidates from Iowa’s First Congressional District for each available vacancy at the four service academies: the US Military Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy.  Applicants are judged on the basis of character, scholarship, physical aptitude, medical fitness, and motivation.

For further information as well as an application packet, contact Braley’s Waterloo office at (319) 287-3233.

More information can also be found at

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College Factual Ranks Local Institutions Among the Best Colleges For Your Money Newly Released Nationwide Rankings Focused on Outcomes-Based Data PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Phelan   
Friday, 12 September 2014 14:08

TROY, NY (09/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Several institutions in the area have been named among the top 150 best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual (, a trusted resource that uses customizable tools and outcomes-based rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process.

In addition to the best value rankings nationwide, these institutions have earned high rankings in a number of other categories as well. These rankings highlight areas where each school performs better than average when compared to other schools on the list, which includes both research universities and liberal arts colleges. A number of outcomes-based factors were used to determine these rankings, including how well the institution retains and graduates students, the average loan debt per student, the boost in expected earnings, percentage of full-time teachers, and the average student loan default rate.

Here's how the following local institutions stacked up:

Saint Ambrose University is ranked 28 in Best Colleges For Your Money Nationwide, 4 out of 728 in Best Value for Business, Management and Marketing, 4 out of 344 in Best Value for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, and 6 out of 416 in Best Value for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. You can view all of their rankings here:

Augustana College Illinois is ranked 83 in Best Colleges For Your Money Nationwide, 24 out of 1383 in Most Focused for Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 19 out of 733 in Best Value for Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and 39 out of 764 in Best Value for Psychology. You can view all of their rankings here:

"We publish a variety of college rankings to get students and parents focused on key factors they need to consider when choosing a school,' says Bill Phelan, CEO of College Factual. "How long it will it take you to graduate? 4 or 6 years? What will your expected earnings be, and how does that compare? What's the risk of student loan default? These are tough questions any prospective student should be asking and we highlight these factors throughout our ranking process."

With a focus on providing sought-after data and unique decision-making tools, College Factual puts the college rankings process in the hands of students and parents and not those of institutions or national publications.

College Factual's ranking system is based on a series of algorithms that include information from the Department of Education, nationally mandated data reporting for institutions and Payscale.

For more information about College Factual's rankings, visit or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BBB Warns Schools and Daycares of Scholastic Scam PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Better Business Bureau   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:55
Scholastic School Supply Scam Features False Invoices, 22 States
Des Moines, IA—(September 9, 2014) Better Business Bureau is alerting schools and daycares to a scam involving Scholastic School Supply. The tactics employed by the company are similar to the well-known “Yellow Pages Scam,” a business to business operation that surfaced in 2013, and bilked more than $14 million from small businesses and churches before being halted at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.
“This scam takes advantage of schools, daycares, and other educators, and the frenzy at the start of the school year,” says Chris Coleman, President & CEO of BBB Serving Greater Iowa, Quad Cities and Siouxland. “Administrators who are just trying to stay on top of bills will recognize the name and pay the invoice without knowing the books were never ordered. Sadly, this type of scam is all too familiar to us at BBB.”
Consumers reaching out to the BBB allege that the operation is sending false invoices to schools and school districts throughout the country in the amount of $647.50 for a bulk purchase of text books that were never requested or received. The only contact information available on the invoices is an email address which consumers report does not respond to messages, a phone number which routes to a series of voice mail boxes, and mail drop addresses in either Sewell, New Jersey or Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the entity lists addresses in New Jersey and Nevada on its invoicing, the BBB has been unable to locate any corporation filings, business licensing, or otherwise required business entity documentation for it in either state to substantiate a physical location.
As of September 5, 2014, BBB Serving Southern Nevada (which serves Scholastic School Supply’s headquarters) has received a total of 51 complaints from across the country, as well as 2,303 inquiries regarding this scam operation.
With numbers continuing to rise in increments of as many as 15 complaints a day, schools are urged to not pay the invoice, but instead to contact the Federal Trade Commission at (877) 382-4357, the local Postal Inspectors, or Nevada State Bureau of Consumer Protection at (702) 486-3132
Consumers may also contact BBB Serving Greater Iowa, Quad Cities and Siouxland at 800-222-1600.

ABOUT Better Business Bureau: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2013, people turned to BBB more than 132 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.5 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at BBB Serving Serving Greater Iowa, Quad Cities and Siouxland, founded in 1940 and is one of 112 local, independent BBBs across North America. You can reach us at 515-243-8137 or online at

Petitions for 2015 BHC trustee election available Sept. 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Smith   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:44

Nominating petitions and other election materials for the 2015 Black Hawk College Board of Trustees election may be picked up at the college beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16.

In April 2015, there will be three (3) six-year terms up for election.

Election materials are available in office of the chief financial officer in Building 1 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, and in the office of the vice president for East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee).

The Black Hawk College district includes all or part of nine counties in west central Illinois, consisting of more than 280 individual precincts.

Nominating petitions may not be circulated until Tuesday, Sept. 23. Completed petitions may be filed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 in the office of the chief financial officer at the Quad-Cities Campus.

For more information, call 309-796-5302.

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Written by Jeff Bandursky   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:57

Concordia, Wis. (September 8, 2014) - Concordia University Wisconsin officials have released the Spring Honors List for the 2013-2014 academic year. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA.

Among the area students named to the list were Ian Wallace, a sophomore studying accounting from Davenport.

Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, offers over 70 undergraduate majors and is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The school is located on 200 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline, only 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee.


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