Improving GED Attainment

In my earlier post Improving GED Attainment I mentioned an upcoming meeting with community leaders that would begin to develop action plans to reduce the high level of non-GED individuals in the Winnebago/Boone counties; presently numbering 35, 000.  Additionally, 500 students drop out of high school each year. Various data were presented that included an “Education Pays” chart.  Someone with less than a high school diploma has an unemployment rate of 14.9% and earns $444 per week; compare this with a high school diploma and...

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Sad Day for Rockford Booklovers

I had hopes that the Rockford Border’s would somehow survive liquidation.  There was talks with Books-a-Million that possibly 30 or so would be acquired by them.  But sadly, this morning, the e-mail came from Border’s: “All Border’s Stores Closing, all items on Sale”. I called the Rockford store and the person said “yes, we are closing here too”. Yes, I know; the internet is taking sales of many items from the box stores.  I have bought many books via internet, downloaded music or TV shows via...

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U of I Trustees to Vote on Closing Aviation Program

I had heard about this several months ago and now it is to be voted upon today.  This can be a big boost to our efforts of landing Embry-Riddle here to Rockford. The story of the closing aviation program is reported in today’s Chicago Tribune.

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My Favorite Rockford Store!

Just in from the WSJ: “Start writing the corporate obituaries. Absent a last-minute reprieve, bookstore chain Borders will be no more. (READ a history of the book retailer, which Tom and Louis Borders founded in 1971 as a Michigan used book shop.) Borders filed for bankruptcy protection in February, and has been beating the bushes looking for a white knight. But today Borders said it received no formal proposals to buy the company out of bankruptcy protection. That means Borders will ask a judge to approve a sale of the company to firms...

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Borders on Brink of Liquidation

This story appears in today’s WSJ; here are some excerpts: “Borders Group Inc. stood on the brink of liquidation after a recent offer for the bookstore chain from a private-equity investor fell apart late Wednesday. Borders, which employs nearly 11,000 people, designated a group of liquidators as the opening bidders in a looming bankruptcy-court auction amid difficulties getting publishers to relax terms under which they ship merchandise to the U.S.’s second-largest bookstore chain, said people familiar with the matter. The...

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