Education

Wed
27
Sep

Seeing firsthand: High school students and teachers join NICC for tour of manufacturing companies


Benjegerdes Machine Inc. ... Greg Benjegerdes of Benjegerdes Machine Inc. in Waukon talks to high school students, teachers and community members about how he started his business from the ground up. Submitted photo.

G&S Machine ... Gil Hunstad of G&S Machine in Waukon shows tour attendees how his advanced manufacturing machines work. Submitted photo.

Norplex-Micarta ... Alan Johnson of Norplex-Micarta in Postville talks to the group about high performance thermoset composites. Submitted photo.

In recognition of National Advanced Manufacturing Month in October, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) sponsored advanced manufacturing tours in Allamakee County Thursday, September 14. The goal of the tours is to expose high school students, teachers and community members to high-demand, high-skill jobs that are found locally.

The 35-member group toured Norplex-Micarta in Postville, and Benjegerdes Machine, Inc. and G&S Machine, both of Waukon. Students from Waukon High School, Kee High School and MFL/MarMac High School attended, as well as members of Allamakee County's Business and Community Board.

Wed
27
Sep

NICC offers Kids and Canvas Painting Class

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class “Kids and Canvas - It’s Elementary!” Thursday, October 12 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Let children 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!” (#57895) 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).
 

Wed
27
Sep

Waukon State Bank Scoreboard Program donations ...


Allamakee Music Boosters ... Left to right: Waukon High School Vocal Music Instructor Sarah Palmer, Allamakee Music Boosters President Erin Berns, Maura Jones of Waukon State Bank and Waukon High School Instrumental Music Instructor JoAnn Sherman.

Allamakee Athletic Boosters ... Left to right: Allamakee Athletic Boosters President Bridget Ronan and Amy McCormick of Waukon State Bank. Waukon Wrestling Club ... Left to right: Maura Jones of Waukon State Bank and Waukon Wrestling Club Secretary LeAnne Jones.

Waukon High School Drama Department... Left to right: Maura Jones of Waukon State Bank and Waukon High School Drama Director Louise Wild. St. Patrick Catholic School ... Left to right: St. Patrick Catholic School Principal Katie Fahey and Amy McCormick of Waukon State Bank.

Waukon State Bank has made its annual donations in support of Waukon school organizations through the bank’s Scoreboard Program. Waukon State Bank donates $10 for each football touchdown, $3 for each volleyball ace, $5 for each basketball three-point shot, $5 for each wrestling pin and $5 for each baseball and softball home run. From the 2016-2017 Waukon High School athletic seasons, donation checks totaling $1,525 were recently presented to the Allamakee Athletic Boosters, Allamakee Music Boosters, Waukon High School Drama Department, Waukon Wrestling Club and St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Waukon, all of which are represented in the surrounding photos at their respective donation presentations. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
20
Sep

ACSD Board of Directors holds annual re-organizational meeting at Waterville Elementary School

Board briefly outlines path of consideration for future plans for Waterville Elementary

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Monday, September 18 for its re-organizational and regular monthly meeting at Waterville Elementary School, as the Board does traditionally in September. Board member Patty Nordheim was absent from the meeting.

In addition to the items of more regular business at the meeting, board president Al Rissman also outlined the board’s consideration of future plans for the Waterville Elementary School based on enrollment projections and recent issues with the school’s well. The board had previously discussed the matter in a September 7 work session. Rissman explained that, in the short term, the board will continue to monitor the well water situation at Waterville. Earlier in the meeting, ACSD Superintendent Dave Herold noted that the well at Waterville had passed its most recent test conducted a week ago.

Wed
20
Sep

No surprises in uncontested races for September 12 School Election

Allamakee County voters ventured to the polls at just under a two percent voter turn-out (187 ballots cast out of 9,632 registered voters) for the Tuesday, September 12 School Election held across the state of Iowa. No surprises emerged from the election, as there were no contested races on any of the ballots in Allamakee County and all incumbent candidates were each returned to their existing seats for another four-year term.

In the Allamakee Community School District, Scott Melcher was returned to his District 1 Director seat with 79 votes vs. just one write-in vote. Likewise, At-Large Director Allan Rissman was also returned to his position with 77 votes vs. just two write-in votes.

Wed
20
Sep

EACSD Board of Directors re-organizes for new year

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The annual re-organizational meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors was held Monday, September 18 along with the board’s regular monthly meeting. The regular meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President. Board members present included Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss, Kelli Mudderman and Bruce Palmborg. Dr. Dale Crozier, Superintendent;  Mary Hogan, Kee High and Middle School Principal; and Marian Verdon, Board Secretary were also present at the meeting. Chad Steckel, New Albin Elementary Principal was absent.

Wed
13
Sep

Master Gardener Training to begin in September

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardeners.

The Master Gardener program is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening. No previous garden knowledge is required. The program equips volunteers to grow in knowledge about gardening best practices, contribute produce to food banks to enhance food security and make Iowa’s fairgrounds and main streets beautiful.

“Master Gardeners provide information and education to Iowans,” said Susan DeBlieck, ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener assistant coordinator. “They are excellent community resources who help make the state a better place to live.”

Wed
13
Sep

Students encouraged to apply for 2018 Iowa Legislative Page Program

Information released about the Iowa Legislative Page program is encouraging area students to apply for the 2018 session. Each year the Iowa General Assembly employs Iowa high school juniors and seniors from across the state to serve as Pages during the legislative session.

The duties of Legislative Pages vary slightly, but they generally provide valuable assistance to legislators and legislative staff. Tasks include running the chamber switchboard, delivering messages, distributing legislation, assisting committee chairpersons and sorting amendments. Pages are paid and many schools offer class credit for a student’s work in the Legislature.

Wed
13
Sep

NICC receives grant award to support students eligible for DHS Food Assistance program

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) has received a grant sub-award in partnership with Kirkwood Community College that will provide more financial assistance for low-income eligible students through the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Food Assistance Employment and Training (FA E&T) program.

NICC was selected as a community college partner for the grant sub-award in part because of the College’s expansive 5,000-square mile, eight-county service area with a substantial percentage of residents who have not earned a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (HSED) and qualify for food assistance through the FA E&T program.

Just under half of northeast Iowa residents, 49.2 percent, reported a high school diploma, HSED or less as the highest educational level attained – higher than the 42 percent reported statewide, according to EMSI, Inc. Of this population, 8.08 percent of residents 25 and older live in poverty.

Wed
06
Sep

EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier nominated for Superintendent of the Year honor from Keystone AEA


In a ceremony held August 2, the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) honored this year's nominees and the winner of the SAI Superintendent of the Year award. Pictured above at the ceremony, left to right, are Dr. Roark Horn, Director of SAI; Gary Zittergruen, this year's Superintendent of the Year award winner from Benton Community School District; and nominees Dr. Dale Crozier from MFL/MarMac and Eastern Allamakee Community School Districts and Rob Cordes, Superintendent of Carrol Community School District. Submitted photo.

Each year the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) selects a Superintendent of the Year from nominations made by each of the area education agencies throughout the state of Iowa. This year, Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, joint superintendent of MFL/MarMac and Eastern Allamakee Community School Districts, was nominated for the honor from the Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA).

The nomination is made by other administrators in the AEA. This is the second time Dr. Crozier has been nominated during his career as a superintendent. The individual selected as Iowa's Superintendent of the Year was Guttenberg native Gary Zittergruen, Superintendent from Benton Community School District. He was bestowed that honor at an August 2 ceremony.

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