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 President Obama proposes two free years of Community College 
President Obama proposes two free years of Community College
“America’s College Promise,” President Barack Obama’s plan, would give two tuition-free years of community or technical college. "For everybody who's willing to work for it," said Obama, who outlined the plan in Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. The President is unveiling a proposal for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost. This proposal will require everyone to do ....

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 Students encouraged to apply for FAFSA early Students encouraged to apply for FAFSA early
The 2015 FAFSA season began on January 1st. Whether you are attending college for the first time or continuing your studies. FAFSA is already accepting applications. "The free application for student aid is available, different institutions will have different priority deadlines, here at the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR) for example our priority deadline is March 1st so right around the corner," said UALR's Financial Aid Director Tammy Harrison. To apply you will need some spe....

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 Poor schools more likely to have inexperienced teachers


Poor schools more likely to have inexperienced teachers
Last December the Department of Education unveiled information that shows that in nearly every state of the nation, the schools in greater need tend to have educators with less experience and qualification. As part of the Obama administration's Excellent Educators for All initiative, the Department of Education published "educator equity profiles" for every state and the District of Columbia. The profiles compare the qualifications of educators who teach in low-income, high-minority schoo....

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 “Time Out for Tech 2015,” scheduled for February 5  
“Time Out for Tech 2015,” scheduled for February 5
All high school seniors and their families are invited to Time Out for Tech 2015, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions on Thursday, February 5. The annual preview day provides prospective Arkansas Tech students with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus. “Arkansas Tech has experienced 16 consecutive years of record enrollments and grown to become ....

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 My Child/My Student campaign to help student’s academic success
My Child/My Student campaign to help student’s academic success
This 2015, one of your goals could be to engage in the education of your children. Positive, productive and ongoing communication is important between a child’s parent and teacher is essential to academic success. Education and community organizations, the State Board of Education, and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), have partnered to launch the My Child/My Student campaign. Education Commissioner Tony Wood says the goal of this campaign is to encourage on-going communicatio....

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 ATU creative writing program to celebrate 40 years  ATU creative writing program to celebrate 40 years
Four decades ago, Arkansas Tech University faculty members Frances Gwaltney and B.C. Hall had a vision for creating a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree in creative writing. On Thursday, November 13, faculty and students from the Arkansas Tech Department of English and World Languages will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of that degree with a free public reading and reception. Five faculty authors from the department Dr. Emily Hoffman, Paul Lake, Dr. Stanley Lombardo, Dr.....

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 UAMS awarded grant to train health science teachers UAMS awarded grant to train health science teachers
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Partners in Health Sciences Program has been awarded $135,000 in grants to give Arkansas pre-K-12th grade teachers tools to teach health science topics. Of the total, $100,000 is the third installment of a six-year $600,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to train pre-K teachers in "Healthy Hearts & Lungs" curriculum. The remaining $35,000 is from the Arkans....

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 Carolina Cruz-Neira international pioneer leading UALR Carolina Cruz-Neira international pioneer leading UALR
Carolina Cruz-Neira, globally recognized as an international pioneer in the areas of virtual reality and interactive visualization, is the new director of the George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. On August 27, the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) and Governor Mike Beebe announced her appointment as one of two new ARA Scholars who will share their knowledge and research to create new paths for the state’s economic success. The firs....

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What's the best way to pay for college?
With average costs of $20,882 per year, college students and their families need to use a combination of personal, federal and private resources to pay for higher education. Loans, grants and scholarships can get you closer to your goal. Here’s how: Direct Subsidized Loans are only for undergraduate students in financial need. The U.S. government pays interest during enrollment and for the six-month grace period after. The current interest rate is 4.66 percent. Direct Unsubsidized L....
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21 new schools and districts receive grants
The Arkansas Department of Education announced that 21 new schools/districts were selected to receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to establish before- and after-school programs for youth, families and communities. “These grants provide much-needed educational support services to students and their families around the state,” ADE Commissioner Tony Wood said. “We are pleased to award funding for new and existing programs for the 2014-15 school year.” There are curr....
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21 new schools and districts receive grants
The Arkansas Department of Education announced that 21 new schools/districts were selected to receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to establish before- and after-school programs for youth, families and communities. “These grants provide much-needed educational support services to students and their families around the state,” ADE Commissioner Tony Wood said. “We are pleased to award funding for new and existing programs for the 2014-15 school year.” There are curr....
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Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library to open on Sundays
Sunday can now be one more fun day with extended library hours at the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center, 4800 West 10th Street. Beginning September 7, the Children's Library's operating hours will include Sundays from 1p.m. at 5 p.m. The interior of the Children's Library includes a computer lab with fourteen computers, teaching kitchen, large activity area, individual and group study rooms, theater, and community room i....
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Registrations open for International Medical Interpreters Conference
Registration is open for the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) Tri-Symposia, hosted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Friday through Sunday, October. 3-5. This year’s theme is “The Three Pillars of a Profession: Education, Certification and Employment.” The three-day symposium is for medical interpreters and all persons interested in interpreter education, including trainers, training organizations, private interpreting service companies, nonprofits, hospit....
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Going back to school? Tips to choose the right degree
For many, earning a college degree opened the door to the working world. It may have even been instrumental in landing your current job. But are you applying what you learned in college to your current career field? A recent survey suggests this might not be the case. Only 35 percent of college-educated workers consider all or most of what they learned in college to be applicable to their current jobs, according to a survey conducted. Today, many working adults are returning to college to ....
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“I can’t afford college” and other financial aid myths
There’s a lot of information out there, both good and bad, about paying for college. Here we want to clarify a few of the less-than-true statements you may have heard. Myth 1: You can’t afford college or You can’t afford the college of your dreams. Many students and parents see the tuition price, cost of living in the dorms and the price of textbooks and say there is just no way they could ever afford it. Let's face it college is expensive! It's the largest single investment many families ....
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