SWIC offers free GED classes in June

News-DemocratMay 28, 2013 

Southwestern Illinois College's Adult Basic Education program is offering free GED classes in June.

"We are encouraging individuals --whether they've not yet started or have studies in progress -- to complete their GED in 2013," SWIC GED Director Vicki Whitener-Lepanto said. "The currently administered GED test is being revamped. Current scores will expire at the end of 2013."

That means individuals will have to re-take portions they have already passed if they haven't earned their GED by the end of December, Whitener-Lepanto explained. In addition, individuals currently have an option to take the test on paper or electronically, but the test will only be administered electronically beginning in 2014.

Several free SWIC GED high school equivalency test preparation classes in St. Clair and Madison counties start in June. The classes are open to anyone who has not yet received a high school diploma.

The classes meet from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays June 6 through Aug. 8 at: SWIC Belleville Campus, SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus and East St. Louis Community College Center.

Daytime GED classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday June 12 through July 11 at the following locations:SWIC Belleville Campus, SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, Holy Family School in Cahokia and East St. Louis Community College Center.

For more information about GED classes, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5525 or visit http://www.swic.edu/abe.

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The Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board announced scholarships will be available for 2013 high school graduates entering Lewis and Clark Community College, Southwestern Illinois College or Kaskaskia College next fall. The scholarships are being offered through the Great River Workforce Development Corporation Inc. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be residents of either Madison or Bond County. For more information, call Matt Jones at 618-296-4315. The application deadline is June 7.

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Four metro-east high school seniors will receive college scholarships through TheBANK of Edwardsville's Community Scholarship Program. Each will receive $2,000 per year for four years of education.

Ashli James from Granite City High School, Bethany Frick from Edwardsville High School, Lauren Dermody from Belleville East High School and Madelyn McGlynn from Althoff Catholic High School were chosen as the 2013 scholarship recipients. The recipients were selected from a large group of applicants based on their positive leadership and character in both academic achievements and community activities.

Ashli James, the daughter of Evangeline and Doug James, will attend Saint Louis University in St. Louis, where she plans to study nursing. Bethany Frick, the daughter of Connie and Scott Frick, will attend Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., where she plans to study speech pathology.

Lauren Dermody, the daughter of Robin and Dave Dermody, will attend Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., where she plans to study biology. Madelyn McGlynn, the daughter of Claire and Michael McGlynn, will attend Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where she plans to study business.

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GCS Credit Union recently awarded the $1,500 Nicole R. Thorp Scholarship to Megan Votoupal of Collinsville High School. GCS was looking for applicants who actively volunteer in the community. Nicole R. Thorp, who the scholarship is now named after, was a big believer in helping out where needed. Candidates were also required to submit an essay explaining why saving and budgeting are important habits to develop.

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The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association selected Dr. Jeffrey Skoblow as its 2013 Great Teacher Award recipient. He is a professor of English language and literature in the College of Arts and Sciences. Skoblow is the 45th SIUE faculty member to receive the honor since its inception in 1970.

Skoblow joined the SIUE faculty in 1987. He has served as a Fulbright senior lecturer in American Literature and Culture at the University of Lleida, Spain, and at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He is the author of "Dooble Tongue: Scots, Burns, Contradiction" and "Paradise Dislocated: Morris, Politics, Art."

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A DVD is available at libraries throughout St. Clair County to help parents of children who stutter. The DVD "Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents" is available in English and Spanish. Produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation, the film describes what kinds of stuttering young children may exhibit, how parents can help at home and the role of a speech pathologist in evaluating and treating children who stutter. Public libraries in the following local cities received the free DVD: Belleville, Cahokia, Caseyville, East Saint Louis, Fairview Heights, Marissa, O'Fallon and Smithton.

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The Illinois Education Association recently launched a new service grant program available to educators who are in the first 10 years of their careers.

SCORE, Schools and Community Outreach by Educators, will award as many as 100 grants across Illinois in amounts up to $1,000 to allow early career educators a chance to build service-oriented programs in their schools or their communities. Grants for more than $1,000 may also be considered.

Applicants must be members of the IEA and currently in the first 10 years of their careers. The IEA has 133,000 members across Illinois. For more information, visit the SCORE website at http://www.ieanea.org/score.

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