Education

Wed
06
Sep

Waukon Walking School Bus will begin September 21 ...

The Waukon Walking School Bus, now in its fourth year, is a safe, fun and active way for students to get to school during the fall and spring months. The Walking School Bus in Waukon will walk on the following Thursday mornings this fall: September 21 and 28, and October 5, 12, 19 and 26 and will start in downtown Waukon. Interested families should drop students off by 7:40 a.m. at the Area Development and Visitor Center on the corner of First Street NW and Main Street in Waukon. Routes lead to East Elementary and West Elementary schools. Students will be walking 10-20 minutes and arrive to school by 8:10 a.m. or earlier. Fall mornings can be pretty chilly so students should come dressed for the weather. The Walking School Bus will not walk if it is below 40°F or if it is raining/storming/snowing. In order to continue this beneficial program beyond Fall 2017, more volunteer leaders are needed.

Wed
06
Sep

NICC offers course on Windows 10 Operating System Essentials

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class “Windows 10 Operating System Essentials” (#57470) Tuesday, September 12 from 5-8 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 Third Avenue NW.

In this class, participants will learn the role of an operating system as the primary foundation and interface on a computer. Participants will spend a couple hours getting comfortable with the core features of Windows 10.

Windows 10 offers some compelling features including Cortana, the brand new Microsoft personal assistant, and a new start menu. Those who are new to Windows altogether or just upgrading from a previous version will find what is needed to get going with Windows 10. Students at the Waukon Center location will be participating via web-based video conference transmitted from the host location in Cresco.

Wed
30
Aug

Effigy Mounds to host September South Unit hikes...

Experience the beauty of fall at Effigy Mounds National Monument by hiking with a Ranger on one of the monument’s south unit trails. Starting Thursday, September 7, these interpretive Ranger-guided hikes will take place Thursdays and Sundays in September, beginning at 1 p.m. The moderately strenuous three- to four-mile hikes will focus on the lifestyles of the American Indians who built the mounds between 2500-900 years ago. The tours will conclude at one of the park’s iconic effigy mounds and will last approximately three hours.

Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes, bring plenty of water and are reminded to not bring their pets. Meet the Ranger at 1 p.m. at the Marching Bears trail access located across the railroad tracks off Highway 76, one-quarter mile south of the headquarters of Effigy Mounds National Monument. Sunday tours are subject to ranger availability. For more information call 563-873-3491, ext. 123.

Wed
30
Aug

Presentation on Teen Technology Use and Misuse has been set for September 25

Dr. Justin Patchin ...
Dr. Justin Patchin ...

Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, will be conducting a presentation on cyberbullying Monday, September 25 at the New Albin Community Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

Entitlted "Teen Technology Use and Misuse," Dr. Patchin's presentation will cover a broad overview of cyberbullying, including issues parents, educators, and teens need to know about how youth use and misuse technology to cause harm to their peers. The presentation will define and provide examples of cyberbullying and discuss the role of parents in preventing and responding to inappropriate online behaviors.  It will also describe many of the online environments popular among adolescents today and strategies to use to make sure they are used safely and responsibly.

Wed
30
Aug

Board of Trustees hears how NICC works to meet the needs of its local communities and invests in its own employees

At the August 21 Board of Trustees meeting at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Cresco Center, members received an update on organizational development programs the College has implemented for its employees.

Seth Gilbert, J.D., Ph.D., director of organizational development, shared how organizational development opportunities for employees at the College encompass personal, professional and procedural development, as well as faculty and stakeholder development. From 2016-2017, Gilbert conducted a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis among current employees and will combine the data it generated with the data collected from an environmental scan completed by other members of institutional effectiveness. Gilbert also introduced quarterly new employee orientation sessions and a Leadership Certificate program.

Wed
23
Aug

ACSD Board of Directors holds final meeting prior to the start of the new school year

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting Monday, August 21. A reception to welcome new teachers was held prior to the beginning of the meeting.

Keystone AEA board member Dr. Bill Withers and Administrator Pat Heiderscheit were present at the meeting. Dr. Withers noted that he usually checks in with school boards to see if they have any concerns that he needs to take back to the AEA. He also noted that he will be running for re-election for his seat and asked the board members for their support. Heiderscheit stated that he appreciated the working relationship between Keystone AEA and ACSD, and also noted that Keystone is grateful to have some space available to them at East Elementary.

Wed
23
Aug

Study highlights employment growth for two-year Associate's Degree earners from community colleges

A new study released by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that the concentration of well-paying, family-sustaining jobs - with a median salary of $55,000 - is growing for employees who hold less than a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree.

The 2017 research report by the Georgetown Center, “Good Jobs that Pay without a BA,” indicates an 83 percent growth of these good jobs held by two-year associate’s degree earners since 1991. The highest gains are in the trades, healthcare, skilled services such as information technology, financial and business services industries.

Many of Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) most successful students and graduates have earned two-year degrees in these fields and secured well-paying local employment careers that offer stability and opportunities for advancement. NICC students and recent graduates of two-year degrees illustrate these workforce trends, particularly in healthcare.

Wed
23
Aug

EACSD Board of Directors prepares for new school year with final meeting prior to its start

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly Board of Directors meeting for Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held Monday, August 21 at Kee High School. President Heather Schulte called the meeting to order. Also present were members Bobbi Goetzinger, Kelli Mudderman and Bruce Palmborg. Board member Melanie Mauss was not present due to jury duty in Cedar Rapids. In addition, school personnel attending included Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, New Albin Elementary Principal Chad Steckel, High School Principal Mary Hogan and Board Secretary/Business Manager Janet Heiderscheit.

Wed
16
Aug

Drew Adam awarded pair of scholarships through Aftermarket Foundation

Drew Adam
Drew Adam

Drew Adam of Waukon has been awarded a pair of scholarships through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to further his studies in Automotive Technology. Adam was selected for a University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1,000  and also for an Automotive Parts & Services Association Scholarship in the amount of $800.

Adam plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar to study Automotive Technology. He was selected from more than 500 applicants for each scholarship at a recent meeting of the scholarship selection committee. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation, and other donors and organizations, will award more than 300 scholarships in 2017 and have awarded more than 2,500 since the beginning of the program in 1996.

"It is a privilege to support this program training people for careers in the automotive aftermarket," said Peter Kornafel, Chairman of the Scholarship Selection Committee.
 

Wed
16
Aug

East Elementary Kid's Club program focuses on timely theme of "Summer Safety for Kids" during June session


Chris Dahlstrom of the Waukon Fire Department and Veterans Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service educated students on rescue efforts. Submitted photo.

Shawn Gordon with the Waukon Fire Department instructed students on how to locate victims in the event of a fire. Submitted photo.

''Summer Safety for Kids" was the theme for the East Elementary Kid's Club programming in Waukon during the month of June. All student activities and professional presentations provided information concerning the community services available for student protection. Presenters also provided the knowledge and strategies students may use to protect and/or defend themselves during the summer months and into the future.

The safety knowledge and strategies were then coordinated with the East Elementary academic curriculum of language arts, math, science/health, social studies and technology-STEAM (S-science, T-technology, E-engineering, A-art and M-math), for third, fourth and fifth grades by Mrs. Eileen Franks, Mr. Tyler O'Neill and Mrs. Pam Dundee.

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