A new member has joined the Moline school board. Tuesday night the board appointed Stephen Brockway to fill the un-expired term of Robert Dyer who moved away from the area.

Columbus Foundation

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships will sail into Davenport Tuesday. The "Pinta" and the "Nina" are scheduled to dock at Oneida Landing on East River Dr. at 1 p.m.

When the new school year opens Wednesday in Rock Island, it'll be a busy day, not just for children and parents but also for the police department.

Deputy Chief Jason Foy says every year at this time his department has to work hard to re-educate everyone after several months off for summer vacation. Children have to be reminded to cross the street only in crosswalks, and drivers have to be reminded to look out for children, and to slow down in school zones. 

wo boys from the club smile for reporters, giving us a "thumbs up."
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Teenagers from the Boys and Girls Club presented a Healthy Kids Carnival in Moline today. The University of Illinois Extension and the club hosted the carnival in Moline after the Teen Ambassadors learned about nutrition and cooking.

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Four colleges have made it easier to get a degree in the Quad Cities. Today, Saint Ambrose University in Davenport signed articulation agreements with Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine community colleges. The agreements will help students from the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges earn bachelor's degrees from Saint Ambrose. 

New English Language Center

Jul 13, 2016
Saint Ambrose University

A college in the Quad Cities is moving forward with a plan to attract more international students. Saint Ambrose University will open an English Language Center in January. Ryan Dye is the Director of International Education at Saint Ambrose. Not only will it boost enrollment, but it will also boost diversity on the campus. 

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The Quad Cities is home to one of the top 50 apprenticeship programs in the United States. Scott Community College in Bettendorf has about 120 students enrolled in its Culinary, Baking, Hospitality, and Event Planning program. And it hosted a visit by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today. 

At least one district in the Illinois Quad Cities will receive more state money for the coming school year than it expected. 

United Township Superintendent Jay Morrow says when the governor and General Assembly approved a new k-12 budget on June 30th, it included the 3 million dollars the district received last year, plus an additional 142,000 dollars. 

He says the extra money is tied to his district's "poverty count" - 60 per cent of UT students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. 

African Business Leaders Visit Quad Cities

Jul 8, 2016
Loressia Frazier

A group of young business leaders from Africa visited the Quad Cities today as part of the US State Department's Young African Leadership Initiative. Twenty-five Mandela Fellows have come to the US to learn ways to improve their skills and help their communities when they return home. 

The new stop-gap budget for the state of Illinois includes some money for Black Hawk College, but less than expected. It'll receive 3.5 million dollars, thanks to last week's agreement between the governor and general assembly.

Chief Financial Officer, Steve Frommelt, says k-12 education received money to operate for a full-year, but the new budget covers only half a year for higher education in Illinois.