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Colleges team up for 3-year program

Western Illinois, EICCD will offer park admin degree - By Times staff

The Eastern Iowa Community College District, or EICCD, and Western Illinois University-Quad-Cities are partnering on a new, three year bachelor's degree program in recreation, park and tourism administration.

Beginning this fall, students will be able to enroll in courses at EICCD campuses leading to a two-year associate degree in conservation technology, and then they will be able to transfer to the Western campus on 60th street in Moline, where they will be able to get their bachelor of science degree with a minor in environmantal studies.

The new partnership was announced Friday at the Nahant Marsh Education Center, a 62-acre nature preserve in Davenport where many of the courses will be taught.

The degree program will prepare students for careers in out-door recreation and natural resources management. Among those at the announcement was Erica Milne, 18, of Blue Grass, Iowa, who will be the first student enrolled in the program.

"We are excited to join in this new and innovative partnership with the Eastern Iowa Community College District. Once again, we are working closely with our local community colleges to provide an excellent academic program and a regionally innovative model that saves students valuable time and resources," said Joe Rives, Western-Illinois' vice president for Quad-Cities planning and technology.

In addition to classroom courses, students will be able to take advantage of a summer wilderness experience, and all students will be required to complete a 12-week internship.

"Eastern Iowa Community College District is delighted to participate in this partnership program, which will allow local students to graduate with a degree in natural resources management," EICCD Chancellor Pat Keir said. "We are especially happy that students will engage in experiential learning at the wonderful Nahant Marsh, where they will receive hands-on encounters with the subject matter in a natural setting.

EICCD's conservation technology program works closely with area environmental agencies to offer additional training opportunities for students, including wildland firefighter, water safety, wilderness first aid and more. In addition, students graduating from the three-year bachelor's degree program will be eligible to take the examination to become a certified park and recreation professional.


For more information about the program, call WIU-Q-C at (309) 762-1465 or EICCD at (563) 323-5196, send an e-mail to or visit the Website

The Event presentation will be held at 3 p.m.,April 21st on the mall behind Stipes Hall.

(Article taken from the Quad Cities Times dated March 15,2010.)

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