A program to help entrepreneurs plan new businesses is coming to the Quad Cities. On Thursday, Ignite Quad Cities and the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will offer information sessions about the upcoming Venture School.   Spokeswoman Julie Forsythe says Venture School is a six-week program for people wanting to sell a new product or start a new business. 

She says the program will help people develop a business model and test it with potential customers in the real world. 

A Vietnam War Veteran from Milan will be honored Dec. 9. The Rock Island School Board will award Thomas Hickson his 1968 high school diploma.  Hickson says he left high school when he was seventeen to join the Navy. 

In 1972, Hickson was honorably discharged from the Navy. When he returned to the Quad Cities, he earned his GED and became a police officer in Milan. 

One year after its defeat, a sales tax for school facilities in Rock Island County may be on the ballot again. This month, school boards will consider asking voters again in the spring for a 1 per cent sales tax. 

WVIK Staff

Students and veterans gathered at Central High School in Davenport today to honor a special group of alumni. Forty-two graduates of the school have been killed in action fighting for their country from World War II, to the present.

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Davenport high schools will stay on a block schedule for at least one more year. That was Superintendent Art Tate's recommendation at last night's board meeting, and members went along with it. 


It's a rare sight on a Friday afternoon. A school library in Davenport is packed with third, fourth, and fifth grade boys. 

Over 2,000 high school students in the Quad Cities now have a chance to take more college-level classes. This week, the Moline school board decided to add eight advanced placement courses to the seven already offered at the high school.

Run with Carl / FB page cover photo

Even though supporters thought they'd Run with Carl for the last time, the Labor Day race will continue next year. This morning, the Carl Schillig family announced the foundations that support Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley public schools will become the co-sponsors of the event. 

University of Dubuque

A new center will support student athletes and honor veterans. Today, the University of Dubuque held a dedication ceremony for its Veterans Memorial Training Center. 

After several months of talks, Black Hawk College may be close to signing a new contract with one of its unions. The college and faculty reached a tentative agreement Tuesday with help from a federal mediator.