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WQPT Military Workforce Symposium | A Great Event

Word Girl Visits WIU-QC | Helps WIU-QC Celebrate

WQPT Moves Master Control | A New Partnership

WQPT Volunteer of the Year | Congratulations Joe Tirone

Happy (Early) Retirement, Ana! | Educational Outreach Director

WQPT Initiatives | Embracing Our Military & Stop Bullying

WQPT Military Workforce Symposium

Military Workforce Symposium

Featured ImageWQPT's Military Workforce Symposium was held earlier this month. More than 100 attendees were able to engage with 9 workshops, 47 employers and other agencies, who were on hand to help members of the military and their spouses take their military experience into the civilian workforce. The event included an Active Job Fair, education, resource booths and workshops. There are post-event resources available on the Military Workforce Symposium web page.

Featured ImageJeff Carr, President of Association of the United States Army (AUSA Rock Island chapter) presents Jamie Lange, WQPT Development Director with the Certificate of Recognition for WQPT's work with the military this year.

In addition, Joe Tirone (2014 WQPT Volunteer of the Year) received the Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero Award for his work with the station on our Embracing Our Military initiative and Jason's Box.

We are pleased to offer post-event resources available located on the Military Workforce Symposium web page.


Word Girl Helps WIU-QC Celebrate

Featured ImageWestern Illinois University faculty, staff and their families enjoyed a special Block Party in September. The fun included a special appearance by Word Girl which helped to make the afternoon truly special.

About WordGirl

WordGirl is a PBS KIDS series from Scholastic Media and Soup2Nuts that chronicles the adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into WordGirl—caped crusader and definition dynamo, debuted as a series of on-air and online shorts in November 2006.

WordGirl airs weekdays on WQPT at 3:30pm.


WQPT Moves Master Control

Featured ImageJoe Rives, Vice President for the Quad Cities and Planning at Western Illinois University (left), along with WTVP President and CEO Chet Tomczyk (middle) and WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess (right) shake hands after WQPT officially switches master control operations to our sister station, WTVP in Peoria, Illinois.

"Chet and his Engineering team made sure that the Master Control switch was seamless," said Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager.


2014 WQPT Volunteer of the Year

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This summer we announced Joe Tirone as the recipient of our 2014 Volunteer of the Year award. Joe Tirone serves on the task force for WQPT's Embracing Our Military. Joe has given a significant amount of his time and talents to steer the course of this regional initiative.

Thank you, Joe and congratulations. Pictured above with Joe are: Jamie Lange, WQPT Development Director (left) and Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager (right).

Learn more about becoming a WQPT volunteer.


Happy (Early) Retirement, Ana!

FeatureAna Kehoe, Education Outreach Director retires after 20 years of outstanding service.

A former teacher, Ana brought her passion for education to WQPT. Through a host of projects lead by Ana—Imagination Station, Ready To Learn Workshops, First Book Club, PBS Kids Writers Contest, Ready To Learn Conference, Martha Speaks Reading Buddies, PBS Learning Media and many others over the years—WQPT has enriched not only the lives of children but also their families, caregivers and teachers.

"After 20 years as the Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT, I am retiring to my garden and a long "to do" list of activities. It has been my utmost pleasure to work at this station and to fulfill a passion to help young children succeed in school," commented Ana. She went on to add, "it's of utmost importance that we teach kids the critical thinking skills to make the best choices. It's been part of our mission at WQPT to do so, and I wish to thank our many partners, sponsors, funders and viewers for their continued support of our outreach workshops, classroom visits and literacy sites."

WQPT's General Manager, Mary Pruess commented, "on behalf of the station, our viewers, and countless educators and children's lives she (Ana) has touched, I would like to thank her for the exceptional work, dedication and leadership she has brought to WQPT's Educational Outreach. Thank you Ana! We wish the very best in your future endeavors."

Read more about our Educational Outreach


WQPT Special Initiatives

As your regional PBS station, our mission is to act in the public interest not only through our programming, but also by engaging with the communities we service on issues of importance in their lives. Two initiatives Embracing Our Military and our Stop Bullying.


Led by WQPT–Quad Cities PBS, the Embracing Our Military initiative raises awareness of important issues to the military community. It is an on-going community based dialog through 2015. Look for special events and programming each month that promotes this project.
Learn more and view the calendar of upcoming events.



Bullying continues to be one of the top factors in a students decision to drop out of school. The Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education (CARE QC) initiative was designed to help the region rally around this important issue and encourage the sharing of resources and best practices.

WQPT provides a springboard for outstanding resources, including the Cyber Savvy, Cyber Safe Survey.

Background brief: Led by WQPT Quad Cites PBS, Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education (CARE QC) is a community collaboration of area non-profits addressing bullying in our communities. Last year WQPT aired several anti-bullying programs, held community conversations and hosted a televised discussion with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Caudle.

Learn more about our Stop Bullying initiative.

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