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October 10, 2014
University of Illinois will be official training site for U.S. Paralympics
 
The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), the service unit of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been designated an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site. The announcement was made by the United States Olympic Committee during the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Chicago on September 26. The University of Illinois wheelchair program has turned out such outstanding Paralympic athletes as Sharon Hedrick, Jean Driscoll, and Shawn Meredith. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, athletes from the University of Illinois accounted for 10 of the 28 total U.S. track & field medals won. University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden won three gold medals and one bronze medal, and University of Illinois junior Raymond Martin won four gold medals.
This year, the Prairie Lands Environmental Summit focuses on sustainability through the lens of the arts and humanities. We will share stories about what smaller communities are doing to become more livable through downtown revitalization that includes the arts. TIME IS FLYING! REGISTER here for the conference, Look here for the SCHEDULE!
Increase in Middle-Skill Jobs
By 2017, an estimated 2.5 million new, middle-skill jobs are expected to be added to the U.S. workforce, accounting for nearly 40% of all job growth, according to a USA TODAY analysis of local data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. and CareerBuilder. All pay at least $13 an hour; many pay much more. These jobs require some training but far less school than a bachelor's degree. Technology has given many jobs a makeover, leaving them worlds away from their assembly-line predecessors and challenging the notion that good blue-collar jobs are dead and that the only path to a good career is a four-year degree. In most metro areas, some of the best-paying middle-skill jobs include radiation therapists, elevator installers and repairers, and dental hygienists, all with a median wage of more than $70,000.
Illinois Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions
Have food scraps? Haul food scraps? Compost food scraps? Use finished compost? The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition is holding five Stakeholder Forums held throughout the state of Illinois to share ideas, experiences and challenges about food composting. These Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Stakeholder Forums will help to advance commercial food scrap composting across the state. Please be a part of the solution. 
Farmland, the documentary
Many Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat, yet are increasingly passionate about understanding where their food comes from. Farmland, the documentary, takes the viewer inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties. Through the personal stories of these farmers and ranchers, viewers learn about their high-risk/high-reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. Farmland is available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks – providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
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