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Iowa IT Degree Completions Show Slight Decline from Previous High PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Levi Thiele, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:38

OMAHA, NEBRASKA - AIM issued a report today that says Iowa's total postsecondary information technology (IT) degrees and certificates awarded was 2,333 for the 2012-2013 academic year. The total is 7% lower than the previous year. "After four years of steady growth, 2013 saw an overall decrease in the number of college IT degrees and certificates awarded in Iowa," according to Levi Thiele, AIM Director of Research.

Among other trends in Iowa; 25% of the total number of IT degrees and certificates in Iowa were awarded to women, a higher percentage than the national average; bachelor's degrees remain the most common degree awarded in Iowa in IT; and the five most popular IT degrees included: (1) Computer and Information Sciences - General, (2) Computer Science, (3) Computer / IT Administration and Management, (4) Computer Programming, and (5) Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.

The report titled, "Iowa Postsecondary IT Degree Completions, 2009-2013" details a number of findings including postsecondary IT degree completions, IT degree award levels, analysis of gender, race, and ethnicity completions and the most popular IT degrees and certificates pursued.

The expectation for high-tech high-skilled workers in Iowa to effectively compete in ever-changing economic markets, means keeping technology education a priority. The Iowa Postsecondary IT Degree Completions study provides a fact-based measure of critical education priorities.

Analysts predict more than 4 million U.S. IT and computing jobs by 2020. Even if the actual job totals turn out to be lower, there is no way to fill those jobs with American students without education systems that adequately prepare them.

Based on the research, Dr. Thiele adds, "While women are making gains in IT degree completions in Iowa, they are still underrepresented. In order to keep up with the growing job market needs, we need to produce more graduates to fill these jobs and that includes more women graduates."

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Written by Vanessa Douglas   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:22

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00-7:00 p.m.
A conversation just for parents! Join us and a panel of teachers, parents, and school administrators from school districts throughout the Quad Cities to discuss the importance of communication.
This discussion is open to the community. There is no registration required.

This event is facilitated by Rivermont Collegiate and hosted by Moline Public Library .

Moline Public Library 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL 309-524-2480

BHC celebrates 45 years of providing Adult Ed classes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Smith   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:45

Black Hawk College is celebrating National Adult Education Week Sept. 22-28.

Each year, approximately 1,600 students enroll in GED completion and non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Black Hawk College.

Approximately 30 million Americans age 25 and older have not earned a high school diploma or equivalent, and 93 million function below the high school level.

Adult Education programs serve individuals age 16 and older who need to improve their basic skills with an emphasis on literacy, mathematics and English language proficiency.

Black Hawk College provides Adult Education classes at no cost to students who qualify.

Instructors work with each student to design an individual learning plan that aligns to his/her goals, such as to:

  • Get, retain or advance in a job.
  • Get off public assistance and earn a family-sustaining income.
  • Complete high school or obtain a GED certificate.
  • Transfer to a community college or training program.
  • Help their children succeed in school.
  • Manage their family’s health care.
  • Learn English, understand U.S. culture and be an informed citizen.

Black Hawk College began serving adult learners on July 1, 1969. Today, the Black Hawk College Adult Education program provides instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), high school credit and English as a Second Language (ESL).

For more information, call 309-796-8216.

Chicago man moves to QC, pursues GED at BHC

Vernon Owens is a man who decided to change his life.

He grew up in a family where education was not a high priority. For many years, the lack of a high school diploma was no big deal for him. He had street smarts, and in Chicago they served him well to keep him alive. He held various short-term jobs, but never really thought about the future or a career.

Eventually he realized that his lack of formal education and his bad habits would never get him ahead in life. He decided to leave his family and friends in Chicago and move to the Quad Cities.

In February, at the age of 56, Vernon Owens earned his GED. He was asked to be the guest speaker at the June 12 Black Hawk College GED and High School Graduation Celebration.

Owens talked about how he was “thrown out of high school for reasons such as fighting and playing hooky. I started running with the wrong crowds, picked up some bad habits and lost my way.”

“Education just didn’t seem important at the time,” he said.

“But I now know what it feels like to be a graduate. Not just any graduate, but a GED graduate. One of endurance, one of persistence, one who now knows that with an education comes many opportunities,” Owens said.

Celebrate with College Savings Iowa and Register to Win a $5,290 College Savings Iowa Account! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 22 September 2014 08:46

A message from State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald

DES MOINES, IA (09/18/2014)(readMedia)-- With back-to-school in full swing, I know it can be a busy time of year for parents and children alike. At College Savings Iowa it is a busy time of year as well. In addition to observing College Savings Month throughout September, we are celebrating our Sweet 16. Since the program's inception in 1998, our message has always been the same. By starting early, saving regularly and making smart investment choices, families can make their savings work for them, and College Savings Iowa is here to help.

To get a jump start on helping your loved ones save for their higher education, join us in celebrating our Sweet 16 and College Savings Month by registering to win a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account. For more information and to enter the giveaway, please visit any time before November 30.

College Savings Month, a nationally recognized campaign, was created to bring attention to emphasize that saving for college is one of the most significant things families can do for their children. While any form of saving for college is better than not saving at all, there are additional benefits to using a 529 plan like College Savings Iowa. Administered by the state treasurer's office, the plan offers multiple investment choices, including four age-based options that take into account the child's age and the account owner's tolerance for risk. As the beneficiary nears college age, the assets are automatically shifted to more conservative portfolios. This allows account owners to reduce the market risk before they begin making withdrawals for college expenses.

In addition, 529 plans offer significant federal and state tax benefits to help grow your savings even more. Contributions and earnings grow free of federal and Iowa state income taxes while invested and remain tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.* College Savings Iowa sweetens the deal by allowing Iowa taxpayers to deduct up to $3,098 in contributions per beneficiary account from their 2014 adjusted gross income.**

You can also stay up to date on our future events and giveaways by following College Savings Iowa on Facebook and Twitter (@Iowa529Plan).

Start saving today and help make college a reality for a child in your life - you'll be glad you did!

Michael L. Fitzgerald

State Treasurer

*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.

**Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.


Gov. Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds launch bullying prevention listening tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 22 September 2014 08:41
Branstad-Reynolds Administration continues commitment to better address bullying in schools 

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced they will visit three Iowa school districts this fall to learn more about what Iowa schools are doing to deal with bullying and what steps Iowans would like the state to take next.

Better addressing the problem of bullying in schools has been a top priority of the Branstad-Reynolds Administration. Their work has included two statewide bullying prevention summits in Des Moines, which each drew an audience of more than 1,000, including many students from across the state. They’ve also proposed legislation to give schools clear discretion to respond to cyberbullying that occurs away from school but seriously interferes with a student’s education at school, as well as requiring parents to be notified if their child is the target of bullying.

Fifty-seven percent of sixth-, eighth- and 11th-graders reported being bullied at school in some way in the past 30 days, according to the 2012 Iowa Youth Survey. That was up from 50 percent in the 2010 Iowa Youth survey.

“All students deserve to feel safe and respected at school,” said Governor Branstad. “Many schools and their communities have started anti-bullying campaigns. We want to learn more about what they are doing, and to hear from educators, students, parents, business leaders and others how they think they state could better support their efforts to reduce bullying in schools.”

“Cyberbullying is a particular concern,” said Reynolds. “We can protect free speech and keep students safe at the same time. We have an obligation to make sure schools have the authority they need to look out for a student who is being tormented on social media”

“As a mother and grandmother, I want to help bring attention to why it’s critical to better address the problem of bullying,” said Chris Branstad. “It’s unacceptable that some students dread going to school because they worry about being taunted by classmates.”

The listening tour meetings are open to the public. They will include a panel discussion with students, educators and others as well as time for audience comments and questions.

The first of the three events will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the West High School Media Center, 2001 Casselman St., Sioux City. Branstad and Reynolds will attend.

The second  listening tour town hall will take place Monday, Oct. 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at North Linn Junior/Senior High School Gymnasium, 3033 Lynx Dr., Troy Mills. The third town hall will take place Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Orpheum Theater, 220 E. Main St., Marshalltown. The governor, first lady and lt. governor will attend both of those meetings.

Photos of Gov. Branstad, First Lady Mrs. Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds can be found here.


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