WQPT Dropout Crisis Program featured on National TV Website


Share
Posted Online: July 03, 2013, 8:56 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Press release submitted by University Relations, Western Illinois University


WQPT Award-Winning Dropout Crisis Program featured on National Public TV Website

MOLINE, IL – A WQPT-produced program about the U.S. dropout crisis is being featured on the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) website (see http://www.apts.org/local-stations/local-station-stories/wqpt-focuses-education-local-community ). To produce the program, "Tackling the Dropout Crisis," WQPT-PBS teamed up with other Quad Cities' community organizations, including Achieve Quad Cities and American Graduate. The one-hour award-winning video featured a panel of local educators, as well as Chamber of Commerce and industry leaders, who discussed the crisis.

According to the experts featured in the program, "Tackling the Dropout Crisis," nationally, one in five high school students will not graduate. In the Quad Cities, 760 high school students dropped out in the 2008-2009 school years, and there has been a 32 percent increase in high school dropouts in the QC.

In addition to be being featured on the APTS website, the program is now prominently featured on the organization's home page (see the rotating top-feature stories on www.apts.org).

This past spring, "Tackling the Dropout Crisis" received the highest award at the 34th annual Telly Awards, garnering a Silver Honor. According to the Telly Awards' website, the competition "honors the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs."

Producers of the program (WQPT, Archive Quad Cities and American Graduate) said the organizations plan to increase mentoring efforts for QC students and host events that foster discussions about ways to increase graduation rates for high school students.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. Visit WQPT online at www.wqpt.org.

For more information, contact WQPT at (309) 764-2400 or toll free at (877) 413-2424.



















 



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




(More History)