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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Friday, 10 August 2012 13:58

The Office of Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a meeting of the full Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Originating from the campus of the University of Iowa, the meeting will cover the Regional STEM Network, the introduction of the Regional STEM Hub Managers, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Action Plan updates and an overview of IMSEP and its operations.

The meeting is open to the public and media.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

9:30  a.m. Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee Meeting

University of Iowa – Carver Hawkeye Arena, Feller Club Room

205 Carver Hawkeye Arena

Iowa City, IA

3 p.m. Meeting Adjourns

About IMSEP:

The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) is the operations arm of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information about IMSEP or the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, go to

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Mercy College of Health Sciences Graduates Named PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TheLink   
Friday, 10 August 2012 13:28

Sara Lynn Brimeyer of Davenport, Iowa, was conferred an Associates of Science, Nursing degree during the Spring commencement ceremony by Mercy College of Health Sciences, 928 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa at HyVee Hall on April 27, 2012.

To learn more about the programs offered at Mercy College visit our website at Mercy College is the only Catholic college in Central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

University of Iowa named a ‘Best Buy’ for eighth year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:39

For the eighth straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The UI is one of only 20 public universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on the list and one of three Big Ten schools included along with Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The creation of a former New York Times education editor, the Fiske Guide has been a respected college search tool used by parents, college-bound students, and their guidance counselors for more than 25 years.


To receive a "Best Buy" designation, schools had to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus. In all, 41 schools received the "Best Buy" designation, including 21 private institutions.

For more information about applying to the UI, visit

Brown Mackie College to hold Graduation Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Dobbins   
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:25

Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities announces that the college will hold its Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, August 19, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the i wireless Center located at 1201 River Drive in Moline, Illinois. Graduates of the college will be awarded associate degrees and diplomas.

The event's speaker is the Honorable Bob Gallagher, Jr., Mayor of Bettendorf, Iowa.

Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities is one of over 25 school locations of the Brown Mackie College system of schools (, which is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for entry-level positions or to enhance their current professions in a competitive, rapidly-changing workplace. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Boost Bilingual Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Friday, 10 August 2012 07:54

New Law to Pave the Way for “Parent Academies” in Illinois

CHICAGO – August 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law designed to strengthen bilingual education in Illinois. The law authorizes the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education to study and make recommendations on the state of bilingual education in Illinois, as well as the role of parents of students whose first language is not English. Today’s action at the Inter-American Magnet School paves the way for the possible implementation of “parent academies” and is the governor’s latest to further improve education in Illinois.

“School is challenging enough for students and parents alike without having to struggle with a new language,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law will keep Illinois on the cutting edge of bilingual education programs to ensure that every student is ready for the workforce.”

Sponsored by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), House Bill 3819 requires the Advisory Council to evaluate the success rate of bilingual programs, examine innovative initiatives such as “parent academies” and “cultural competency programs”, and submit a report to the State Superintendent of Education, Governor and General Assembly by Jan. 1, 2013.

According to an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) study, there were 183,000 Illinois students in 2010 for whom English was not a first language, nearly 10 percent of the entire student population. Spanish-speakers comprise 80 percent of those enrolled in English language programs; rounding out the top ten are Polish, Urdu, Arabic, Tagalog, Korean, Cantonese/Mandarin, Gujarati, Vietnamese and Russian. While most live in Chicago, there are growing numbers of non-English speaking students in Elgin, Cicero, Aurora and Waukegan.

The Advisory Council on Bilingual Education, which was created in 1992 to propose recommendations to ISBE, will examine the feasibility of “parent academies” through which parents learn about standardized testing, homework completion strategies and student-teacher relationships. Some states offer free two-hour workshops for parents that cover “conditions for learning”, such as school safety, home supportiveness and nutrition. In urban areas, the “parent academy” approach has successfully addressed the specific needs of single parents and immigrant families.

“Parents of non-English speaking students want - and need - to feel a greater stake in navigating their child’s education. This new law opens the door to such innovations as ‘parent academies’ to accomplish that,” said Rep. Chapa LaVia, who Chairs the Illinois House Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee.

“We are always looking for ways to help all students maximize their academic potential. This new law will help,” said Sen. Martinez.

The bill was supported by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and passed unanimously in both chambers. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.


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