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Thursday, June 18, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven ( BUSINESS Iowa Teacher Shortage Loan The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) recently announced that 99 teachers were offered awards as part of the Iowa Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness programwhich provides loan forgive- ness relief to teachers working in identified shortage areas in Iowa schools. The program received 478 appli- cations, an increase of 24 percent from last year. The 99 recipients have a total of $5,654,774 in out- standing federal student loans, with an average debt of $57,119 per person. The average loan repayment award offered to recipients was $6,017. Teachers who served in designated shortage fields during the 2014-15 school year predominantly worked in special education and science (65 percent). Other shortage areas with recipi- ents receiving awards included guidance counselor (9 percent), industrial technology (7 percent), teacher li- brarian and math (4 percent each). Differing from the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program, which requires applicants to have taught ha low income schools for five complete and consecutive academic years, the Iowa program is open to fully-li- censed educators who teach in shortage subject areas, as designated by the Iowa Department of Education. In addition, they must have started teaching in Iowa on or after July 1, 2007, owe a balance on an eligible federal student loan (Stafford or Consolidation) and be in good standing with all federal student loan accounts. For more information on theowa Teacher Shortage Loan Forgive- ness Program, visit https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/ cntent/iwa-registered-nurse-nurse-educatr-lan-fr- giveness-program. r BLACK GOLD REALTY J'--I / Newer Condos for Lease l I 1 BR or 2 BR available, all appliances | | included, 1-car garage plus | | 1 parking spot. No pets. 1 I $750 or $850 per month plus leposit. | First Annual PollinatorFest Join us in celebrating the First Annual PollinatorFest at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge! This family- friendly event will engage and educate all ages on the wonderful world of polli- nators. Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Neal Smith NWR invites you and your family to cel- ebrate Iowa's pollinators. The event is free and open to the public of all ages. Children's activities in- clude story time with the Altoona Library, pollina- tor-friendly crafts, interac- tive games, bug hunts, and guided hikes. Visitors will also gain insight on the importance of Iowa's unique pollinators through informative talks from local garden and pol- linator experts. Take ad- vantage of this unique op- portunity to view pollina- tor specimens and native plants and take home starter packs of native seeds to bring pollinators to your backyard[ All of these activities are free and open to the public! Be sure to bring along your sense of won- der and cheerful spirit! We look forward to seeing you! For more information on the event, contact Megan Wandag at 515- 994-3400 or megan_wanda g@fws.gov. REVIEW LifeLong Links For Aging Iowans Aging Resources of Central Iowa, the Area Agency on Aging for Central Iowa, has announced the launch of LifeLong Links TM, a statewide service for aging Io- wans, adults with disabilities, veterans and caregivers as they begin to plan for long-term independent living. Administered by the Iowa Department on Aging, LifeLong Links is available to fowans who need home and community-based services, as well as their loved ones and professionals who work with aging and dis- ability issues. LifeLong Links provides access to many of the state's information and referral resources to help individuals learn which programs are available in their communities and connect them with local or regional service providers. "No matter our age or ability, we all strive for inde- pendence," explained Iowa Department on Aging Di- rector Donna Harvey. "From the time we are very young, doing things on our own and caring for ourselves pro- vides an enormous sense of self-worth - a feeling that grows, rather than diminishes, as we move through life. Maintaining independenceat home or in a community of choice is one of the few things a person can control as other aspects of life change, so it's important to make sure Iowans know how to access services that exist to help them live independently." Consumers may ac- cess LifeLong Links by visiting www.lifelonglinks.org, calling 866.468.7887 or stopping by one of the LifeLong Links Local Coordination Centers located throughout the state, including the one located at Aging Resources of Central Iowa office in Des Moines 5835 Grand Ave Suite 106, Des Moines, IA 50312. From there, individu- als can request information about support services re- lated to a specific topic (e.g., housing, health and medi- cal services, caregiver assistance, nutrition, transporta- tion, etc.) or work with an information and referral spe- cialist to evaluate the situation and provide appropri- ate guidance. Depending on the needs of the consumer, he Or she also may be referred to a trained options counselor who can begin a person-centered, interactive planning pro- cess to help identify services and develop an individual action plan. '9ging Resources is pleased to participate in the statewide LifeLong Links initiative to help pro- vide accurate, unbiased information on aging and dis- ability services that will enable our clients to maintain their independence in the least restrictive setting for as long as possible. Enjoy a West Des Moines address and attend Norwalk Schools at Fox Valley. Large wa00-out lots backing to a pond or Iowa's countryside. ,." Quick" , Easy drive n "- Call for-more info" = * ............................................................ m Allyn Brown John Akers Suzy Marker 453-6403 453-5103 453-6009 Directions: Hwy 5 Bypass To SW Connector, South 1o Maffitt Lake Rd, West To S 20th Or Orilla Rd, South Through Orilla Development On The West Side Of The Road. NEW DIRECTOR AT DMACC SOUTHRIDGE Dr. Hollie Coon has been named the new Ex- ecutive Director of Pro- gram Development at the Des Moines Area Commu- nity College (DMACC) Southridge Center. Dr. Hollie Coon previously worked at the Perry VanKirk Center as Pro- gram Development Direc- tor. "Hollie will be a fine addition to Southridge," says Randy Mead, DMACC Executive Dean of Program Development. "We look forward to her providing educational leadership in this capacity and working with the community, faculty, staff and students affiliated with Southridge." Dr. Hollie Coon has cer- tain goals that she would like to fulfill while work- ing at the Southridge Cen- ter. "I want to continue to focus on career pathways for students and would like to offer more short- term training certificate programs so people can earn their credential(s) and become employed," said Dr. Hollie Coon. She said she would like to offer services for non- credit students, specifi- cally High School Equiva- lency Test (HiSET) stu- dents who are struggling financially. She also plans to add new programs to the Southridge Center. Dr: Hollie Coon will be focusing on high school students enrolled in War- ren County Schools, whom the Southridge Center serves. Her goal is for the Center to provide greater opportunities for high school students. "I am a firm believer in be- coming connected to the community to assist with filling education and train- ing gaps," she said. Dr. Hollie Coon is re- placing former Executive Director of Program De- velopment Rick Carpenter. Carpenter recently left the Southridge Center to be- come the Associate Dean of Communication Skills/ Social Sciences at Waukesha County Techni- cal College in Pewaukee, WI. Dr. Hollie Coon lives in Bondurant with her hus- band Craig, and her two children, 14-year-old Camden and 10-year-old Colin. She has served as the Disabilities Services Coordinator for the last seven years. With her Ph.D. in education, Dr. Hollie Coon teaches cur- rent and future PK-12 teachers at Upper Iowa University and Iowa State University.