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Archive for December, 2010

College and Scholarship Sources

Need a good starting point to review college and financial aid information?  Here are a few suggested sources to consider.

Take a look at our Teen Zone: College & Career page and also our Web Resources by Subject on Research & Reference: Education & College Search.

We have an online version of  Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: A Guide to Education-Related Financial Aid Programs for Students and Professionals accessible through the Gale Virtual Reference Center.  Please ask one of our Reference Librarians to assist you in locating any of these items.

The following titles are available in our College Reference area:

CT R 378.34 COL The College Board Scholarship Handbook

CT R 378.34 SCH Scholarship Almanac (Peterson’s/Thomson Learning)

CT R 378.34 COL Getting Financial Aid (College Board)

CT R 378.3 SCH The Scholarship Book

CT R 378.3 PET 2009 Scholarships, Grants and Prizes (Peterson’s)


These titles can also be checked out:

DVD 378.3409 FOU 411 on Finding College Funds

378.34 ULT The Ultimate Scholarship Book

378.34 SCH Scholarships (Kaplan)

378.3097 TAN 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College

378.1616 COL College Essays That Made a Difference (Princeton Review)


Two additional recommended sites are FAFSA and

By MPPL on December 28, 2010 Categories: Education, Finance

Women's Program at Harper College

The Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College supports the education and employment goals of people in economic need.  These may be single parents, displaced homemakers, women who have experienced domestic violence, non-traditional career seekers or those with limited English proficiency.  The program gives the opportunity to build computer skills, career development, and job searching assistance.

By MPPL on December 21, 2010 Categories: Education, Employment, Health, Jobs, Literacy

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

This training program is sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging and is designed to assist the mature worker (age 55+) in re-entering the job market. 

By MPPL on December 15, 2010 Categories: Jobs, Seniors

Standard Mileage Rates

WASHINGTON: 12/3/10 — The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2011 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2011, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 51 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs as determined by the same study. Independent contractor Runzheimer International conducted the study.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for any vehicle used for hire or for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

Revenue Procedure 2010-51 contains additional details regarding the standard mileage rates.

By MPPL on December 6, 2010 Categories: Auto, Business, Finance