Education

Wed
29
Aug

Financial Aid Workshop to be offered for free October 8 at Waukon NICC Center

The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center will be offering a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop Monday, October 8 from 4-7 p.m. The NICC Waukon Center is located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

This event is open to the public and is designed to help students complete their FAFSA and answer any questions. Students and parents are encouraged to attend.

To make a 30-minute appointment or for more information about the workshop, contact DeKote’ Curtin at 563-538-6575 (call or text) or curtind@nicc.edu.

To prepare for the FAFSA workshop, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm to create a FSA ID for both parent and student; that will be needed to complete the application. Bring a copy of both the parents’ and student’s 2017 taxes, W-2s and FSA ID login information to any FAFSA appointment.
 

Wed
29
Aug

NICC to offer Kids and Canvas Painting Class

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class “Kids and Canvas - It’s Elementary!” Tuesday, September 18 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Children can explore the world of painting in this fun class designed for elementary school-aged kids. In class, the kids are provided the paint and artist’s canvas, an age-appropriate subject, and step-by-step guidance to release each child’s inherent creativity.

To register online for “Kids and Canvas - It’s Elementary!” (#65809) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at 800-728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar campus) or 563-568-3060 (NICC Waukon Center). Registration deadline is September 7.
 

Wed
22
Aug

ACSD Board hears final updates, makes final decisions as new school year approaches, sets September 10 as work session date regarding East Elementary matters

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday, August 20. Prior to the start of the meeting, a welcome reception was held for the new teachers in the district.

The recommendation to approve staff for the After School Program was approved, as was Brian Ahlstrom as a volunteer girls basketball coach and Randy Nordheim as a volunteer volleyball coach. A voluntary transfer for Lee Stegen to eighth grade girls basketball coach was approved. Sarah Prestemon was hired as a high school para-professional and the board also approved the list of Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) mentors.

Wed
22
Aug

EACSD Board of Directors makes some final decisions, hears updates prior to the start of new school year later this week

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors held its regular meeting Monday, August 20 at Kee High School in Lansing. Board President Heather Schulte called the meeting to order. Upon roll call the following responded, Kelli Mudderman, Bruce Palmborg, Heather Schulte, Bobbie Goetzinger and Melanie Mauss. Also present at the meeting were Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Board Secretary/Business Manager Janet Heiderscheit, New Albin Elementary Principal Chad Steckel and Kee High School Principal Mary Hogan.

The board approved the agenda, August consent items, minutes of July meeting, bills, Secretary’s Financial Statement, and the Activity and Food Service Report.

Wed
22
Aug

ServSafe® Training to be offered locally to food service professionals through ISU Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers ServSafe® food safety certification classes. ServSafe® meets the criteria for an individual to become a “Certified Food Protection Manager” (CFPM).

Iowa’s Food Code (as of January 1, 2014) requires that: “at least one food establishment employee with management and supervisory responsibility be a CFPM.”

The ServSafe® program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and materials are based on actual job tasks identified by foodservice industry experts.

Wed
15
Aug

Allamakee County ISU Extension honored for 100 years of operation


Allamakee County ISU Extension honored for 100 years of service ... The Allamakee County ISU Extension Council was presented a plaque honoring the organization’s 100 years of serving the county. Pictured left to right, Extension Council Members: Blake Everman, Nate Gebel, ISUEO Assistant Vice President Bobb Dodds, Chad Waters, Michelle Byrnes, Brittany Tilleraas, and Anette Stock.

Allamakee County ISU Extension staff honored ... The Allamakee County ISU Extension staff were presented a plaque honoring the organization’s 100 years of serving the county. Pictured left to right - front row: Food Systems Coordinator Teresa Wiemerslage and 4-H K-12 Program Coordinator Becky Rea. Back row: Summer Assistant Miranda Reinhardt, County Youth Coordinator Morgan Bjerke, Extension Council Members; Blake Everman, Nate Gebel, ISUEO Assistant Vice President Bobb Dodds, Chad Waters, Michelle Byrnes, Regional Director Kraig Tweed, Brittany Tilleraas, Anette Stock and Office Assistant Lana Dahlstrom. Missing from photo: Office Coordinator Julie Christensen, Food Systems Specialist Kayla Koether Extension Council Members; Steve Pladsen, Kevin Fossum and Katie Melcher. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is celebrating its 100th year of service this year. The organization was honored for this milestone during the Allamakee County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction Sunday, July 22. Bob Dodds, Assistant Vice President, for Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University in Ames, presented the Allamakee County Extension Council Members and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County Staff, with a plaque marking the occasion.

A hundred years ago the people of Allamakee County joined the extension movement and hired their first local extension agent. Today ISU Extension and Outreach serves as a 99 county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.

Wed
15
Aug

NICC to offer String Art class Tuesday, September 4

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Wrap it Up: String Art” Tuesday, September 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW in Waukon.

String art looks complicated, but it’s actually quite simple - just nails and string on a wooden foundation.

Class participants bring a hammer and needle nose pliers to the class and the instructor brings the wood, nails and string to help craft a spectacular piece of art, just by wrapping string around strategically placed nails. Participants can create a finished piece of craftsmanship to take home.

To register online for “Wrap it Up:  String Art” (#65802) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at 800-728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar campus) or the NICC Waukon Center at 563-568-3060.

Registration deadline is August 24.
 

Wed
15
Aug

Iowa schools go green with new AmeriCorps program

The Winneshiek Energy District welcomes Carmen Finken from the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education to the monthly Energy Breakfast program scheduled for Tuesday, August 21. Finken oversees Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps, a new program that serves as a resource and catalyst to help Iowa school districts save energy, save money and engage students in building a more sustainable future.

She will present the program at the August breakfast, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at T-Bock’s Underground, downtown Decorah. Register to attend at energydistrict.org.

Wed
08
Aug

Waukon High School graduate to guide Wartburg College STEM Day presentation at Iowa State Fair


To present at STEM Day at Iowa State Fair ... Waukon High School 1989 graduate and current Wartburg College professor Michael Bechtel and one of his former students, Angelina Carrasquillo, and one of his current students, Zach Pogorzelski (pictured left to right), along with another current student, Noah Solheim (not pictured), will showcase a smaller version of the aquaponics system pictured above at the Iowa State Fair August 19. Bechtel is the son of Dean and Sherry Bechtel of rural Monona. Submitted photo.

Wartburg College professor Michael Bechtel and three of his current and former students have been selected to present an interactive display on classroom aquaponics at the Iowa State Fair Sunday, August 19.

Bechtel, who is an assistant professor of science education at Wartburg College and a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School, will be joined by Wartburg senior Zach Pogorzelski, sophomore Noah Solheim and 2015 Wartburg graduate Angelina Carrasquillo in presenting the system as part of the 2018 STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Their presentation will be one of more than 20 from organizations across the state.

Wed
08
Aug

School Supplies Drive benefits those served by County Relief Office ...

The Allamakee County 4-H Council sponsored a School Supplies Drive to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office during the 2018 Allamakee County Fair. Supplies such as notebooks, crayons, book bags and much more were collected throughout the fair to be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office for distribution to students who may need them. Pictured above, left to right, with some of the donated items at the donation presentation are Allamakee County Director of Relief Services Rebecca Hawes and Allamakee 4-H County Council member Diana Davison. For further information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Allamakee County Youth Coordinator Morgan Bjerke at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office in Waukon at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

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