When students ask Kenny Wheeler how they can put their degrees to use, he turns it around on them.
Jennifer Crowley remembers childhood fun times while she's working.
Four counties, several programs and diverse cultures make every day different and exciting for Tony Franklin, University of Illinois Extension County director.
TAYLOR RIDGE -- Cancer forced Tom Schmulbach from the sidelines for the 2000 football season.
Denise Hester always has had an interest in helping others in a big way, and that desire makes her job as director of the Student Hunger Drive a perfect fit.
DONOHUE, Iowa -- If you poked your head into The Country Cupboard, a mom-and-pop-style shop in Donahue, Iowa, you might not guess it's owned and run by a large dairy farmer -- or that the customers who stop in come from all over the globe, as well as right down the road.
Kristin Humphries likes to say that he works for kids.
DAVENPORT -- In 1959, when Beth Anne Smiley was a child, a runner on the stairwell in the home of a family friend caught her eye. It was made of vintage wool -- the friend had cut all of the wool by hand out of her husband's good wool pants and used a technique called "hooking" to create the…
DAVENPORT -- Kathy Crooks knew by the age of 16 she wanted to be a nurse.
ROCK ISLAND -- In warmer weather, when the gardens are in full bloom, there is a sea of greens, carrots and radishes. Bounties of corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, beets, broccoli and cauliflower. Patches ripe with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. Orchards wild with pe…
ROCK ISLAND -- The moment a thin, dark garter snake slithered into a clump of grasses overhanging a boardwalk at Black Hawk State Historic Site, it was clear Dr. Tim Muir really is a biologist used to collecting animals in the field.
DAVENPORT -- Eric Van Hese is a chemist by day and stained-glass artist by night.
Sally Belk is a self-proclaimed people person who loves to talk, and she has two jobs that allow her to do just that.
Brian Lavelle's career qualifies as the dream job for any good sports fan.
ALEDO -- Police Chief Michael Sponsler has spent his professional life, nearly 40 years, in law enforcement.
It's a dark and bitter winter morning and the 38-year-old father of three battled blistering winds and blowing snow to get to work.
John Snow studied computer information systems and then managed the Bettendorf Holiday Inn for eight years before becoming director of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Rock Island.
BETTENDORF -- For the love of engineering is the best way to describe Dawn Johnson's pride in her work. The 14-year marketing director at Missman Inc., Professional Engineers and Surveyors, said she has enjoyed learning the trade and leaving her past profession as an administrative assistant…
MOLINE -- Though Bob Ontiveros is 75 and spends half the year in Longboat Key, Fla., he works most every day, primarily as the driving force behind the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which he founded in 2008 and now serves as chairman .
When Angie Snook was in college, she didn't know what a museum curator/director was.
BETTENDORF - With an eager expression and quick smile, Chris Glass is so friendly it's readily apparent that helping people with business problems would suit him.
MOLINE — Antonio Varela has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club since he was 5 or 6 years old. Now, he's 21 and director of the club's new Moline teen center, which opened last February.
In Latin, the word luce translates to light, and for Craig and DaMel Smith, owners of Salon Luce and Spa Luce, the word signifies a "brightening and uplifting experience," something they hope to bring to all their clients.
DAVENPORT -- For Ryan Saddler, St. Ambrose University isn't just a school. It's a way of life.
Lindsey Johnson found the job of her dreams.
ROCK ISLAND – John Kautz has been drawing and creating art since he could hold a crayon.
ROCK ISLAND -- At age 84, Stanley Coin has cut back his work hours to part time.
MILAN -- True or false? Running a trivia-contest business is a fun way to make a living.
MILAN -- Brothers Bradley and Nick Erickson walk the path of their forefathers, following the simple values of faith, family and farming.
ROCK ISLAND -- As Chester Fritch passes the National Cemetery on his way to work each day, the long rows of tombstones he sees serve as a reminder of why his job at Rock Island Arsenal is important..
ANDALUSIA -- A decision he made in 10 minutes changed his life forever, and the Rev. Anthony Co said it's a decision he's glad he made.
Ask Jerod Engler, vice president at Bush Construction, what a typical day on the job looks like for him, and he's quick to tell you there's no such thing as a "typical" day.