A joint project at Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools will help Iowa students learn about careers before they graduate. This week, the Iowa Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council announced the winners of a competition among school STEM centers.

Black Hawk College

Instead of a ribbon, Black Hawk College will cut some steel. Thursday, the college will celebrate the opening of its new Welding and Skilled Trades Center in Kewanee. Chanda Dowell, East Campus Vice President, says college officials will use a torch to cut through a six-foot steel bow, signifying the opening of the new center. The four-million-dollar building has new classrooms and labs, including a "virtual lab" for beginners and a "flex lab" for students to work on real-life projects. 

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"It's a great idea, let's find a way to pay for it." That's generally what two Quad Cities college officials think about President Obama's idea to provide a community college education for free.

A new program may allow entrepreneurs in the Quad Cities to launch their ideas sooner than expected. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the 

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Colleges and universities in the Quad Cities are working harder to prevent sexual violence. It's their response to new requirements in the "Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act," or "SAVE" Act, which must be implemented this year.

The Davenport School District may soon install a new system to track visitors. Monday night, the board of education may vote on buying a system for all 32 schools from Raptor Technologies. 

Augustana College

Students from Augustana College will put on a play in Milwaukee Thursday. "A Green River" was performed on campus last year, then was chosen for this year's regional festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. 

When voters go to the polls this spring in Rock Island County, they'll get another chance to help raise money for school repairs and construction. That's because school boards representing more than half of the students have formally requested another vote on a local option sales tax for schools. 

Unless there are some last minute changes, voters in the Black Hawk College district will not have to make any difficult decisions in the spring election. Monday was the filing deadline for the board of trustees, and three people filed to run for 3 openings on the board.

The University of Illinois will get a grant to catalog a collection of rare Italian books it's had for more than nine decades. 

U of I says its Rare Book & Manuscript Library will use the nearly half a million dollar grant to catalog more than 20,000 imprints from the 16th through 19th centuries. 

Northern Illinois University and U of I are part of an interlibrary loan system, but NIU generally would not have access to U of I's rare books and vice-versa.