Education

Education

The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges want to help the state train the workers it'll need for the future. So last week, the board of trustees approved a 40 million dollar bond referendum for the ballot in March (3/2).

Chancellor Don Doucette says the money will pay for new and expanded facilities in Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, and Scott counties - to offer training in everything from robotics and welding, to agriculture and nursing.

A Davenport PE coach started making videos to keep his students active during quarantine. Now, he’s gone viral internationally. 

 

Mic Seifert, the PE teacher at Madison Elementary School, began making exercise videos back in March, when the pandemic shut down schools. Now his YouTube Channel, PE with Mr. S, has nearly 3,000 subscribers.    

 

Five and-a-half years after it began, a major fundraising campaign has ended at Augustana College, and exceeded its goal by several million dollars. On New Year's Eve, the college celebrated the conclusion of "Augustana Now," and its final tally of more than 133 million dollars.

Western Illinois University

A new president will officially start working at Western Illinois University next month. Friday the board of trustees approved a 2 1/2 year contract with Guiyou Huang. 

On Midwest Week, two months after the state of Iowa began supervising the Davenport schools, the previous superintendent has retired.

Herb Trix's guest is Tony Watt, reporter for the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus.

You can also hear Midwest Week Fridays on WVIK at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered. 

After just a little more than one year on the job, the superintendent of the Daveport schools has retired. Monday night the board of education approved a request from Doctor Robert Kobylski to retire effective last week, on December 7th.

His current contract would have run through June of 2022.

The retirement agreement includes a one-time payment of 57,000 dollars, plus payment for un-used vacation days. It also includes a letter of reference, and a release of all claims against the district and a promise not to sue the district in court.

WVIK News

On time and within budget - that's the progress report for the new Lindberg Center for Health and Human Performance at Augustana College. Construction on the 19 million dollar academic and athletic facility began in February, and completion is expected in the spring.

Bettendorf has joined the list of school districts moving to all remote learning. Wednesday it received permission from the Iowa Department of Education, due to growing numbers of COVID cases especially among staff, to make the change starting on Monday.

Augustana College

Augustana College is offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to incoming students who might not otherwise be able to cover out-of-pocket expenses. 

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

College enrollment was down this semester nationwide. To keep students in the classroom, virtual or otherwise, The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges gave new students a choice between a free class or a free laptop. 800 students chose the laptop, and 12,000 took the free class.

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