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In Uncategorized on December 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm


What are you doing New Years Eve? From Zooey Deschanel & HitRECord. Go to HelloGiggles for a fun video surprise!

Happy New Year, everybody!


In Uncategorized on December 31, 2011 at 4:04 am

I WANT TO GO TO HERE: http://t.co/aRKRdGtK – Poland’s Giant Jesus Statue Rivals Rio’s http://t.co/8558HUnf via @WSJ

ELGIN — Adult education has been “kind of wrong all along” in its traditional approach to learning, according to Peggy Heinrich, dean of adult education at Elgin Community College. Historically, the idea behind adult education was to ”go through the levels” — earning a GED (that is, passing the General Education Development test) or gaining English as a Second Language proficiency before moving on to higher-level courses, Heinrich said. As a result, she said, only 3 percent of adult students ever complete a degree. That could change at ECC, thanks to some outside funding help. ECC is one of eight community colleges in Illinois to receive grant money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other leading philanthropies to help adult students complete post-secondary education and training. That money is part of a $1.6 million grant from Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through Initiative, supported by the Gates, Joyce, W.K. Kellogg, Kresge and Open Society foundations. That’s according to the Illinois Community College Board, which was awarded the three-year grant earlier this month by Jobs for the Future. Breaking Through initiatives are co-managed by Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education. ECC officials are not sure exactly how much money the college will see over the next three years, Heinrich said. Whatever is received will be used to expand a program to help adult students earn vocational certificates in a program ECC piloted last spring. “For me, it’s the most exciting thing I’ve seen in adult education since I’ve been here,” she said. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

Grant to help ECC with new adult strategy (Sun-Times Media)

Among them: Newspaper reporter (me) and real estate agent (my husband). I prefer to think of my husband and myself as just very retro.

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Six Jobs That Died in 2011 via Monster.com

ELGIN — When North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death was announced Dec. 19, the Elgin-headquartered Church of the Brethren was worried. That’s because the church supports Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea’s capital and largest city, the only private university in the country. And that includes supporting several volunteer teachers at the university, who were set to return to the United States at the end of the semester last week. “We were a little worried whether there would be a mass exodus at the airport,” said Howard Royer, manager of the church’s Global Food Crisis Fund. But, he added, “They got out without a hassle. They came out on the normal schedule.” And those volunteers, Church of the Brethren members Robert and Linda Shank, came with little insight into what will become of North Korea after the death of its “dear leader.” “The main thing they observed was a lot of tearful eyes,” Royer said. “That’s about all they observed. Everybody looked tearful — eyes red. From what I’ve read, that’s almost a requirement. You’ve got to be mournful of the dear leader’s passing.” For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

Elgin church volunteers return from North Korea ‘without hassle’ after leader’s death (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2011 at 10:50 am

In case you missed it… Here’s coverage of yesterday’s funeral for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il via @suntimes: http://t.co/RKkdJzSd

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

Gail Borden Library trustee Hopp faces felony charges (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. http://t.co/eaJvn6MU

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

Huzzah! Merry, merry! “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” http://t.co/xSrXY0m0

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Elgin bank robber suspected in suburban bank stick-ups (Sun-Times Media)