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Pathways to Northeast Iowa Community College: There’s a Place for Everyone Page 2

Do My Credits Transfer? You Bet! Page 3

Transferring in to NICC Page 4

Earning Your GED is The First Step Page 8

Entering STEM Fields Gives Graduates the Career Advantage Page 10

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CareerFocus is published by Northeast Iowa Community College as a public service to encourage Northeast Iowa residents to think seriously about their lives and careers and to inform the community about the college’s programs of study. For more information, visit www.nicc.edu. Admissions/Financial Aid:

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9 Building Materials Management Scholarships! Spahn & Rose Lumber Company Making it Possible

10 Entering STEM Fields Gives Graduates the Career Advantage

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ortheast Iowa Community College (NICC) students arrive at our doors through diverse pathways, and this issue of Career Focus highlights many successful stories of students of various ages, backgrounds, and educational and training goals. Some students enroll at NICC after discovering that the big university setting is not the right fit for them academically, while the close-knit atmosphere at the NICC campuses and centers provides just the right encouragement for their education. Other students want to earn an affordable, flexible transfer degree

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to another four-year school after graduation or complete a General Educational Development (GED) diploma to continue their college studies.

or new grant-funded training opportunities that open up endless career possibilities in healthcare, advanced manufacturing or information technology.

Others take advantage of professional training programs that award certifications to incumbent and new workers

In this issue, we hope you see where your educational and career pathways meet with the rewards gained from making your dreams a reality. As your community college, NICC meets and exceeds the expectations of students of all ages: current employees who want to gain a workforce training advantage; future professionals who need a particular course for certification and recertification; high school graduates seeking an associate’s or transfer degree; or lifelong learners who just want to take a few classes for fun.

At NICC, we also believe that our region’s economic success depends upon the middle- and advanced skills our community members have for in-demand careers, as well as the public and private sector partnerships that make this success attainable. NICC faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders are committed to serving every type of student who walks through our doors. Lifelong learning is boundless. Whatever age you are, wherever you live, and whatever career you envision for yourself – choose Northeast Iowa Community College as your pathway to higher education.

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t’s one of the most frequently asked questions Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) admissions representatives hear from prospective students: “Will my credits from NICC transfer to a four-year school?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Students at NICC earn academic credits during their first two years that are equal and comparable to virtually any first two years at a four-year college or university. Also praised for its affordability, a two-year degree and its credits transfer for NICC graduates who want to attain a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science degree later on. There are more than 75 academic programs at NICC in areas that include: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Technology; Agriculture and Animal Science; Business, Communication and Marketing; Education, Human and Public Services; Electrical and Construction Technology; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts. Transfer degrees help to secure graduates’ progress to their fouryear college destination, and recent NICC graduates have found great success with their

start at NICC. Darren Stortz is a perfect example. “Transferring to the University of Iowa was a relatively easy process. They took all my NICC credits, and the shift in classroom size took only a few days to get used to,” said Stortz, of Decorah, who graduated from the NICC Calmar campus in 2010 and from the University of Iowa in summer 2012. Stortz earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree and entered the sports reporting and video production field.

Students at NICC earn academic credits during their first two years that are equal and comparable to virtually any first two years at a four-year college or university. Like Stortz, not all high school graduates are interested in heading directly to a four-year college. In fact, spending two years at NICC is a great way to save money, become familiar with college-level academics and expectations, and increase your chances of academic success. Whether you live near NICC campuses in Calmar or Peosta or one of the College’s six centers, you have an opportunity to get a first-rate education close to home and earn credits that transfer to the four-year college or university of your choice. Transfer agreements between all three of Iowa’s regent universities, as well as many smaller, four-year private colleges, make attending NICC a smart, more affordable decision.

2003 and an Associate of Applied Science-Dairy Science Technology degree in 2004, Josh Corcoran, of Sumner, graduated from Iowa State University in 2006 and now contributes his expertise as a consultant for other dairy farm producers. “I really enjoy the position that I am currently in. I like seeing dairy producers meet their goals and seeing them grow. The dairy industry is changing frequently, and I enjoy the challenge of keeping my producers competitive in the market,” said Corcoran, who works for Nelson Dairy Consultants, Inc. You may find that NICC is just what you’ve been looking for. Visit www.nicc.edu/transfer to learn more!

As one of many examples, NICC agriculture program alumni have found that the College’s academic preparation and rigorous instruction prepared them for the demands of a four-year program. After receiving an NICC Dairy Science Technology diploma in

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ho, me? One of the most frequent explanations for students enrolling at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) after attending a large university for a brief time is their discomfort with huge classroom sizes and limited opportunities for interaction with instructors. These students liken their university classroom experiences to being in the coach section of a jumbo jet, in Row 37, and on a trans-Atlantic flight, no less! When students find that a 200-student lecture hall is not conducive to their learning styles, they enroll at NICC to pursue a career-oriented diploma, a oneor two-year degree and to learn in a personalized environment where instructors know them. Admissions, counseling, financial aid and advising staff make a personal connection with students to ensure that their NICC experience is positive and productive. Aside from the giant lecture halls and the “I’m just a number here” sentiment, another reason for transferring in to NICC is a change of heart in a declared

major somewhere else. Students in this pathway to NICC often find that enrolling in a diploma or degree program (or even taking a few classes) close to home makes more sense given their evolving career goals. NICC offers customized, individual-focused teaching that many students find best matches their needs, and students from the Regents – University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University – report that NICC provides a more local and relevant education after spending several semesters at the larger schools. Several “reverse transfer” students report that

their experience in the larger university setting and subsequent transfer to NICC helped to re-focus their career goals and academic perspectives. Who says you can’t go home? An NICC campus or center is probably right in your neighborhood! To get a new start, visit www.nicc.edu/apply.

Reverse Transfer Student Brad Powers Finds Great Success To meet Brad Powers, a Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) reverse transfer student from Iowa State University, is to encounter someone with great leadership skills, poise, character, ambition – and a gift for persuasion. The future sales professional, who is currently putting the finishing touches on a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque, could probably sell you swampland in Florida. After graduating from UD in May with a degree in Computer Information Systems, the lifelong Dubuquer is setting his sights

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on a sales career and building a strong client base. He could enter the technical and computer sales sector, but is open to a wide range of local career options to apply his education, which also includes a minor in business. His move from Iowa State University to NICC in fall 2011 as a reverse transfer student provided Powers with the supportive community experience he needed, he said. “At Iowa State, I didn’t

like the size of the school and large classrooms. I knew after only one month that it wouldn’t be a good fit for me; I just knew it wouldn’t work out,” he said. As an NICC student at the Peosta campus, he sought out leadership and service opportunities, serving as iMPACT president, the student representative for College Senate and volunteering for two service learning trips to Denver, Colo.,

and San Francisco, Calif. Powers then transferred all 64 NICC credits to UD to work toward a four-year degree. “NICC was a really great starting block for me and had a smaller environment with smaller classes. After dropping out at Iowa State, I truly felt that I had failed. NICC helped me to rebuild my confidence, especially with the service learning trip opportunities and the student leadership organization on campus, iMPACT,” he reflected.

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Veterans find Strong Support at NICC financial aid available through NICC to support veterans who are re-integrating into civilian life, want to earn a college degree and get on a pathway to the next step in their careers.

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e want you! The iconic Uncle Sam WWII recruiting poster that rallied support throughout America at a time of intense conflict still resonates as a relevant call to action for U.S. military veterans who have served their nation and want to pursue a college degree at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). The G.I. Bill has offered this opportunity for America’s veterans for decades. In a post-9/11 America, there are even greater resources and

After returning from active duty in the armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions of the world, many veterans are finding that NICC offers just the right environment to re-adjust and earn college credentials to enter the workforce or transfer college credits to continue their education. Named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s U.S. Military Friendly Schools listing for three consecutive years, NICC offers a range of academic, financial and support services to meet the needs of its student veterans. From the opportunity to learn at a VA-approved college that accepts the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), to new Student Veterans Association organizations at the Calmar and Peosta campuses, NICC offers an array of support and benefits. In fact, Jacob Krapfl, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, helped to develop the new Student Veterans Association at the College’s Peosta campus.

The association offers service members opportunities to network, discuss successes and challenges, and share their social, academic and career goals with one another. Krapfl, who currently teaches in the Arts and Science Department, served in the Iraq war from September 2003 - February 2004 and from December 2004 - March 2005. In 2008, he earned his Associate of Arts-Education degree from NICC, and then transferred to Loras College to complete a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing and a teaching certification in Secondary Education. Krapfl emphasizes the importance for returning veterans to stay connected and to share their experiences with others in the Student Veterans Association (see Faculty Profile on this page). Through partnerships with the private sector, NICC is also working to expand professional employment prospects for returning veterans. In December 2012, Prudential Financial, Inc. and NICC announced a partnership to bring Prudential’s unique veteran training and employment program run by Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) to Dubuque. The

“VETalent” program is designed to train Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans for jobs in corporate America. VETalent participants are enrolling in two months of full-time WOS training at the NICC Town Clock Center for Professional Development, followed by a six- to nine-month training course at Prudential that focuses on customer service and a culture of quality. After successfully completing the training, participating veterans will be placed in consulting positions at Prudential for several months before being offered fulltime jobs as customer service associates with Prudential Retirement in Dubuque. NICC recognizes and honors veterans for their commitment and service to our nation, and the College offers many resources, so all students and student veterans succeed in the next step of their journey: to obtain the advanced training they need for rewarding employment or to earn a college degree and continue their education. For information on the more than 75 academic programs at NICC, visit www.nicc.edu/collegeprograms.

From the Front Lines to the Classroom Jacob Krapfl wants U.S. military veterans at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to soldier on in their journey to earn a degree, by helping veterans make the transition from military to civilian life. Service members should know that assistance – from financial aid paperwork to group networking to social outlets and counseling – is available at NICC through a new organization devoted to veterans. Those are the major objectives of the Student Veterans Association (SVA) chapters at the College’s Calmar and Peosta campuses. Krapfl, an NICC alumnus and writing instructor,

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is a founding member of Peosta’s group. As an Iraq War veteran who served two tours of active combat duty, Krapfl understands the many issues returning service members grapple with, from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the drudgery of ongoing, often bureaucratic military paperwork. Krapfl has big plans for the Peosta campus SVA chapter. “I’d love for the group, in the long term, to become a mainstay of the larger community and our college; this is an organization for veterans to seek out help, get information on benefits and for us to eventually work with county-level Veterans Affairs

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organizations,” Krapfl said. “If veterans are having issues related to their service and disability benefits and any kind of paperwork, we would like to help. There is a mountain of paperwork associated with military service, benefits and disability, financial aid and college enrollment. Our leadership can assist veterans with this,” he explained. Krapfl published his debut novel, “Shadows of War,” in 2009. The book shared his wartime experiences in Iraq, the effect that combat has on

the human psyche and his struggle with PTSD following active duty. He currently teaches three sections of Foundations of Writing and one section of Communication Skills at the Peosta campus, and he is at the midpoint of a Master of Arts degree in English through an online program at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Jacob and his wife Sarah, who plans to graduate from the NICC Associate Degree Nursing program this May, have four children and live in Dubuque.

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mployers and their current and future workers have a lot to gain from Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Business and Community Solutions division. For job seekers, employers looking for workers with specific skill sets, underemployed workers who want to earn more and professionals who seek certification or a career change, this division puts career training and employer satisfaction at the forefront of its mission. Business and Community Solutions offers continuing education, non-credit coursework and certification options for community members that greatly impact their job readiness and local career advancement opportunities. In 2012, more than16,790 individual community members enrolled in continuing education classes in the areas of Adult Literacy, Healthcare, Life and Leisure, Business, Trades, Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing.

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Many more attended Business and Community Solutionssponsored events, workshops and conferences to network with others, enhance their professional expertise or to just have fun. This division continues to build upon a successful story for the College and community. Since 1985, Business and Community Solutions has provided more than $72 million in training programs for businesses in northeast Iowa! Business and Community Solutions offers a variety of credentialing opportunities to benefit area employers and middle-skill job seekers. For example, the division offers certification programs in welding, computerized numerical control (CNC), advanced manufacturing, information technology and healthcare. NICC developed the certification programs in direct response to the skills and credentials employers are seeking, with the goal of latticing the certificates into NICC credit programs for students to earn a degree or diploma later on.

Certification opportunities – whether they are daylong, weeklong or advanced fourmonth training commitments – are making a difference in the employment prospects for students of all ages. Recent high school graduates, such as Justin Beck of Dubuque, are finding great local employment that pays well, offers benefits and opportunities for advancement. Beck completed the Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing CNC certification program at the College’s Peosta campus in 2012 and immediately found a full-time job at Decker Precision Machining, also in Peosta. Beck is now a fulltime CNC basic machinist at Decker whose work tasks include parts manufacture, monitoring change offsets in various parts and quality control. “I’m fortunate because I know a lot of my friends from high school aren’t employed right now, and I really like this job,” said Beck. “I do a little bit of everything at the shop, and the NICC certification program helped because I didn’t know anything about machining work until I took the classes. The program made it so much easier for me to learn new things once I got the job. I’m learning every day,” he said.

Other certification programs address middle-skill workforce shortages in the healthcare field. The Bridges2Healthcare program at NICC offers leading edge instruction for students preparing for healthcare careers, and the grant making this possible is only one of 32 projects nationwide to receive U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT funding in its first year. Eight other community colleges and 25 employers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are also partners with the College, and their workforce mission is to qualify 3,000 graduates for careers in the healthcare field. Bridges2Healthcare offers a unique opportunity because the initiative focuses on both the non-credit, certification side coordinated through Business and Community Solutions and the College’s academic credit programs. This overlap is evident in Bridges2Healthcare programs that offer Pharmacy Technician certification and Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) credentials and the new Medical Assistant program at the Peosta campus which awards an academic degree or diploma to students upon completion. Other grant-funded technologies benefit non-credit and credit students alike.

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lutions The Bridges2Healthcare grant will provide NICC with health simulation labs at both the Calmar and Peosta campuses and will greatly enhance student learning and career preparation. In addition to nursing students, the labs will be utilized by Emergency Medical Technician, Respiratory Care and Radiologic Technology students. NICC will also use the simulation labs to provide advanced training for ongoing, non-credit training for healthcare professionals throughout northeast Iowa. This technologically advanced instruction employs highfidelity simulators, or mannikins, in a variety of programmable healthcare scenarios. The mannikins behave as real human beings that breathe, bleed, form secretions, give birth and exhibit other physiological responses as part of each student’s learning. NICC Business and Community Solutions provides a wealth of opportunities for community members and area employers, and thousands of individuals turn to this innovative division annually for their job skills needs, certification and recertification requirements and to take personal interest classes for enjoyment. To learn more, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions.

“I didn’t know anything about machining work until I took the classes. The program made it so much easier for me to learn new things once I got the job. I’m learning every day.” -Justin Beck

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “A high school diploma can lead to a high paying job in many fields, including those in management or public service…forty-five occupations that usually require no more education than a high school diploma had median annual wages of greater than $50,000 in May 2010.”

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Some of these occupations include management positions in real estate, administrative services and the transportation, storage and distribution of products; other jobs that require at least a high school diploma or GED are employment positions in farm product buying and purchasing, sales representatives and telecommunications installers and repairers, to name a few.

Solid research backs this claim. According to the Summer 2012 issue of Occupation Outlook Quarterly, an employment outlook report published online by the U.S. Department of Labor from the

So, if you have not completed high school and want to find a job that pays the bills and offers benefits, earning a GED is the perfect solution. Many students have succeeded at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) on

es, you really need a high school diploma. The one constant in research findings, issued regularly by the U.S. Department of Labor and other workforce agencies, indicates that workers who do not have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) degree face difficult odds in their ability to obtain full-time employment with good pay and benefits.

this same educational pathway, earning their GED after dropping out of high school and continuing on to enjoy rewarding and successful careers. Dr. John Pleggenkuhle, of West Union, is a great example. “My last year in high school I was doing farm work late into the night and fell short of six or seven credits to graduate from New Hampton High School,” Pleggenkuhle recalled. “I also knew that I wanted to go to college and wouldn’t get anywhere without a GED. It was more or less a business decision.”

For so many students, completing the GED program at NICC signals the beginning of lifelong learning.

With his high school math, science and English coursework still fresh in his mind, Pleggenkuhle enrolled in the GED program at the Calmar campus in 1993 and earned his GED a month after his high school peers had graduated. He then worked for several years and returned to the Calmar campus to work toward his Business Administration degree, which he received in 2003.

We’re never too old to learn News about a December 2012 Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) General Educational Development (GED) graduate grabbed local and national headlines last year. Why all of the attention and accolades? Because the 85 yearold GED recipient, Lois Houselog of Dubuque, became one of the oldest graduates to earn her high school equivalency diploma in the College’s history. Her story of determination to realize a dream of earning her GED shines forth the lesson that we are never too old to learn.

“I decided to get my GED quite suddenly. I had thought about it for many years, and I decided last summer to get it,” Houselog said to the audience at the graduation ceremony on Dec. 12, 2012. “I’ve been in the GED program at NICC since October, and I’m really happy that I earned the degree,” she said. Houselog said that her accomplishment is proof that everyone can learn and go back to school for an education at any age, although the GED test offers challenges of its own. “The math part was really difficult for me at

times, especially geometry, which is a subject I had never had in school,” she explained. The octogenarian had only received a 7th grade education prior to enrolling in the College’s GED program last fall. Her story was initially broadcast on KWWL-TV and published in the Telegraph Herald daily newspaper in Dubuque. Numerous television news affiliates then carried the Houselog story in broadcasts across the country. The GED graduate received congratulatory letters from well-wishers across the U.S. and overseas.

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Building Materials Management Scholarships! The decision to earn his GED right away helped him to reach his educational goals and ultimate career goal – to own a business. After earning his business degree from NICC, Pleggenkuhle received Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport in 2008 and now owns and operates Pleggenkuhle Chirporactic in West Union. Dr. Pleggenkuhle is one of many successful GED graduates who recognized that a high school diploma leads to further degree attainment and better options for their futures. A high school diploma is a nearly universal requirement for employment and educational options down the road, and NICC nurtures this idea by awarding one free three-credit class at NICC to all GED graduates. For so many students, completing the GED program at NICC signals the beginning of lifelong learning. To learn more about the GED program, call 888.642.2338, ext. 105.

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uccessful communities in these tough economic times are embracing publicprivate sector partnerships to realize their mutual goals and fuel economic growth and prosperity. Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) students stand to gain in many ways from this type of collaboration and teamwork that achieves shared objectives, both for graduating students and employers eager to hire them. With 27 store locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, Spahn & Rose Lumber Company has created new scholarship opportunities this year for NICC students enrolled in the Building Materials Management program. Spahn & Rose Lumber Company Treasurer Ken Funke hopes that the new scholarships will encourage even more students to enter the construction industry. “In creating these new scholarships through Northeast Iowa Community College, our company wanted to give back to the community and offer students an opportunity to earn a college degree,” Funke said. “The scholarships through Spahn & Rose Lumber Company arrive at time when many students may have economic issues regarding their ability to pay for college, and these opportunities help our area to meet its employment goals. Graduates could, perhaps, work at our company after graduation,” Funke added. These NICC district-wide scholarships offer huge opportunities for future students and graduates. If you love to build things and work with wood and other construction materials, the Spahn & Rose Lumber Company scholarships

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are perfect for you. NICC students enrolled in the Building Materials Management program in the College’s district area are eligible. Students in the Building Materials Management program train in construction, marketing, business and general education to qualify for supervisory and management positions in lumber retail outlets, small stores where lumber products are sold or distributed, and sales and management in wholesale supply organizations.

district and surrounding communities, including its corporate office in Dubuque and locations in Cresco, Decorah, Dyersville, Edgewood, Monticello and West Union. For more information on the company and its commitment to our area’s professional workforce, visit www.spahnandrose.com. For information on scholarships available to NICC students, contact Barb O’Hea, Director of the NICC Foundation, at 800.728.7367, ext. 284, or visit www.nicc.edu/scholarships.

Spahn & Rose Lumber Company’s 27-yard locations offer many employment possibilities in the College’s

“The scholarships through Spahn & Rose Lumber Company arrive at time when many students may have economic issues regarding their ability to pay for college, and these opportunities help our area to meet its employment goals.” Ken Funke Spahn & Rose Lumber Company Treasurer CareerFocus I Spring 2013

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There are compelling reasons for students of all ages, male and female, to become graduates in STEM field education: employers in northeast Iowa need employees with this science skill-set and

Laboratory Science Technician graduates can look forward to a State of Iowa median annual salary of $40,620 and Industrial Maintenance Technician grads can expect to earn $46,960 after

completing these high-tech programs. NICC also offers STEM education for our area’s middle and high school students. Are you a young learner and interested in STEM careers? Project Lead the Way courses are offered throughout the year for students at the Regional Academy for Math and Science (RAMS)/ Oelwein Center in Oelwein. The

Northeast Iowa Community College’s Top Earning Salaries for Graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs in District

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Another new program, Associate of Applied Science-Industrial Maintenance Technician at the Peosta campus, trains students to repair and maintain all aspects of technologically-advanced workplace environments, from boiler systems to basic electrical circuitry.

knowledge base. Labor agencies cite recent employment research on skilled worker needs in STEM fields as an example (see chart below for salary information).

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These new NICC programs do more than train you to work a fulltime job, punch a time clock and get a paycheck that gets you out of bed every day; NICC graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs can look forward to a new day in greatpaying, rewarding, professional and meaningful careers close to home. Several new NICC programs are providing students with the advanced training they need to excel in school and in their future careers.

program at the NICC Calmar campus prepares students for careers in research and experimental laboratories with private companies, government agencies, universities and hospitals. Graduates have an opportunity for specialization in the fields of food processing, production of drugs, or renewable energy. Graduates may also transfer their credits to fouryear colleges that offer degrees, including forensic science.

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f you enjoy forensic science, chemistry lessons that have a real-world purpose, new inventions and engineering concepts, or even have a casual interest in television’s varied crime scene investigation dramas, a degree in one of several Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) programs could be the fresh career start you envision.

Industrial Maintenance Technician

The top earning STEM careers shown above are offered at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Calmar and/or Peosta campuses, and their wage data was gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, Iowa Wages and Income, in January 2013.

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“Here in Iowa our most active economic sectors heavily depend on a robust STEM talent pool. Most of Iowa’s high demand occupations for the period 2008-2018 are in the STEM fields of information technology, financial systems, medical science and advanced manufacturing…Iowa’s STEM employment sector is projected to grow more and pay better than any other job sector through 2018.” Iowa Workforce Development, 2011

facility includes three traditional classrooms, two science labs, one fully-networked computer lab, one Project Lead the Way lab and an Iowa Communications Network classroom. RAMS seeks to increase the STEM skills among young students and provides a full range of NICC credit, non-credit and professional development offerings for area community members of all ages and educational goals.

If you want to get serious about science, technology and promising local careers in STEM fields, Northeast Iowa Community College has a variety of solutions and possibilities in mind for you. Consider a new career pathway that embraces science and technology fields! For more information, visit www.nicc.edu/collegeprograms.

In addition to Oelwein schools, other participating Project Lead the Way schools include Starmont, West Central, Wapsi Valley, Kee High at Lansing, Western Dubuque and West Delaware. Cresco High School will begin the program next fall, along with Waukon and North Fayette, pending grant acceptance.

“As long as chemistry is studied, there will be a periodic table. And even if someday we communicate with another part of the universe, we can be sure that one thing both cultures will have in common is an ordered system of the elements that will be instantly recognizable by both intelligent life forms.” John Emsley, Nature’s building blocks: an A-Z guide to the elements

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A Place for All Ages:

Traditional and Nontraditional Students at NICC

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ome one, come all. Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) welcomes all community members, whether they are high school students who want to earn college credit, recent high school graduates looking to get ahead with a competitive degree while saving money, or adult learners who have not set foot in a classroom in 20 years. For career preparation and a great first college, NICC may be the answer for your educational and career goals. Traditional students in the community college setting are defined as 18-24 years of age, and students over 24 are officially termed as nontraditional. Beyond that narrow definition, there is nothing commonplace about the successful NICC student and graduate of any age. NICC students enroll at the college because, regardless of their age, they have clear future goals. Students want to transfer their credits to a four-year school; enroll and become nurses, medical assistants and respiratory therapists; develop their computer science and programming skills; or pursue any number of careeroriented programs that NICC offers. High school students comprise a large portion of the overall enrollment picture at NICC. For families of high school students throughout the College’s eightcounty service area, the ability to take college courses through NICC saves thousands of dollars in tuition annually. As of this semester, 40% of all students at

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the College are current high school students enrolled in credit courses and attending classes on an NICC campus or center, online or at their own high schools. Students who take college-level courses at NICC also derive the added benefit of learning in an accredited program. Last year, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) gave full accreditation to these concurrent enrollment agreements between high schools and NICC. This accreditation ensures that college courses offered in high school settings are of the same quality and rigor as courses offered at an NICC campus, center or online. The nontraditional student may be statistically defined by his or her age, but an individual’s career path and reason for enrolling at NICC often proves to be the more defining characteristic. Women who enroll in programs to prepare for careers that are more commonly held by men, for example, may also be termed nontraditional. Jenny Smith, an NICC alumna from Dorchester, graduated from several programs in 2012. She earned a diploma in the NICC Commercial and Residential Electrician program and Associate of Applied Science degrees in

Industrial Electrician and Wind Turbine Repair Technician. She now works full-time for Voltmer Electric in Decorah as an apprentice electrician and is enjoying every minute of it. “I am currently pursuing an apprenticeship and gaining work experience through my employer in preparation for the Journeyman’s Exam in two years’ time. At Voltmer Electric, I work in the commercial and residential field. I helped to remodel an eight story building by running wire, terminating devices, installing light fixtures and troubleshooting,”

said Smith. “I use everything that I’ve learned at NICC at my job.” There is nothing really “traditional,” “nontraditional” or “ordinary” about students at NICC. The pathways to an NICC location and the rigorous instruction students can expect prepare everyone of all ages for their fouryear transfer plans to colleges and universities or to begin the professional career of their dreams! For more information on over 75 programs, visit www.nicc.edu/collegeprograms.

“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige, 1906 - 1982 Major League Baseball pitcher (At the age of 60, Paige took the mound for the last time, throwing three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics.)

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Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) offers more than 75 programs of study that provide you with endless opportunities. Our expert faculty give you the specialized attention you need in classes that have around 17 students. Many programs enable you to start your career after graduation, giving you the necessary skills for many in-demand occupations. These programs also give you the preparation you need to continue your education.

NICC also offers many benefits to graduates whose goal is to attend a four-year school immediately after earning their associate’s degree. We have many transfer agreements with area colleges and universities, which will help you seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution. Starting your education at NICC by earning your associate’s degree will save you thousands in tuition dollars. Let Northeast Iowa Community College help you achieve your education and career goals!

NICC Credential

Gives you

Length of program

Certificate

Additional skills to help you move up with a promotion

6 courses / 1 semester*

Diploma

The skills you need to move into an entry-level job

11 courses / 2 semesters*

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The credential required or preferred by some employers for employment

21 courses / 4 semesters*

Associate of Arts Degree/Associate of Science Degree

The coursework you need to transfer to a four-year college

21 courses / 4 semesters*

*Reflects average program length and is based on full-time status.

NICC A to Z Index

What follows is an alphabetical listing of programs and areas of study offered by Northeast Iowa Community College. Visit NICC at www.nicc.edu/collegeprograms for more information.

Associate in Arts (C, P, O)

Agriculture Production (C)

The AA general degree transfers the first two years of courses toward a Bachelor of Arts degree at most colleges and universities. The general education courses are useful regardless of whether students complete their education at NICC or continue at another college.

Designed to train people to work in the agriculture production industry. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma (in Applied Agriculture Studies) State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $30,560

Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Accounting Clerk (O) Develop skills to work as an accounting clerk, bookkeeper, cost accounting clerk or payroll clerk. Students can continue their studies in the Accounting Specialist program. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $31,680

Accounting Specialist (C, P) Builds advanced skills in cost accounting, general accounting and other areas of financial reporting. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $46,615

Administrative Assistant (C, P)

Animal Science (C ) Students enrolling in this program can expect to immediately enter into the workforce after completion of their two-year degree or transfer to a four-year college to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. Award: Associate of Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $30,560

Associate in Science (C, P, O) Receive preparation in high quality technical and general education courses that readily transfer toward a general Bachelor of Science degree program at a four-year institution. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Associate Degree Nursing (C, P)

Students will take upper-level courses in management, law, computers and accounting, as well as coursework in human relations and business communication. Students may transfer up to two years of credits to several colleges. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $41,420

Learn to assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of a client’s health care needs and gain clinical experience in hospitals, home health care, long-term care facilities and community settings. After earning the two-year degree, graduates can complete the licensure exam to be a Registered Nurse (RN) or enroll in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $53,300

Agriculture (C, P)

Automotive Mechanics (P)

This degree provides a course of study which will readily transfer to many agricultural Bachelor of Science majors. Award: Associate of Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Basic auto repair and the use of modern diagnostic equipment comprise this one-year program. Students will be able to complete the ASE certification exam in several areas. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $35,200

Agriculture Business (C, O)

Automotive Technology (C )

Develop the technical, agricultural skills necessary in agribusiness, as well as communications, human relations, management and sales. Students can earn a certificate in Ag Environmental Science, Ag Office Technician, Agronomy Custom Application, Animal Science, Crop Advisor, Dairy, Manager & Marketing and Precision Agriculture. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $30,560

Develop expertise in maintaining, diagnosing and repairing technologically advanced vehicles in this two-year program. Students will be eligible to complete the ASE certification in exam in several areas. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $35,200

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Beef Science Technology (C)

Computer Analyst-Network Administration & Tech Support Option (P)

Through hands-on experience, students will learn genetics, artificial insemination, pasture, feedlot and nutrition management, as well as the practical skills of farm financial management, record keeping and marketing. An on-the-job internship experience turns classroom knowledge into real world experience.

Network administrators design, install and support an organization’s network or Internet system, as well as maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the network to ensure availability to users. Technical support specialists investigate and resolve problems with computers. They listen to issues, find solutions and write technical reports. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $44,220

Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $24,750

Building Materials Management (C, P) Market and manage material supplies for the construction field. A new scholarship opportunity is available through Spahn & Rose Lumber Company to support students entering the program. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $40,590

Business Administration (C, P, O) An excellent beginning for students who are planning to pursue a professional degree in accounting, finance, management, marketing, human resources, business education and computer science. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Business Specialist (C, P, O) Develop general business skills in areas such as accounting, marketing, management, supervision and business law. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $37,760

Carpentry (C, P) Develop skills in basic residential and light commercial carpentry. Receive hands-on experience as part of a team that will build a home. You can earn certificates in Cabinet Making, Finishing, Floor and Framing, and Foundation Skills. Award: Diploma, Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $38,280

Chemical Technician (Laboratory Science Technician) (C) Students use state-of-the-art chemical lab instrumentation to learn routine to complex chemical laboratory procedures and processes. An internship in a food processing industry, pharmaceutical lab or biofuels manufacturing industry offers real world experience to develop technical knowledge and skills. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $40,620

Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician (P) Being trained as an all-around machinist provides students with the opportunity for employment throughout the region and across the country. Competency-based instruction includes safe operation of engine lathes, milling machines, grinders, saws, drills and hand tools. Students will learn to operate computerized numerical control (CNC) machines. Student initiative is emphasized in the development of speed, accuracy and safety to prepare for successful employment in machining occupations after graduation. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $36,010

Commercial-Residential Electrician (C) Learn about alternating and direct current, National Electrical Code, electrical design, motor control principles and motor repair. Students receive hands-on experience as part of a home construction project each year. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $46,980

Communication (C, P, O) Get on a career path for a professional degree in business, education, journalism, media, public relations and other communications related areas. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Companion Animal Science (C) Students enrolling in this program can expect to immediately enter into the workforce after completion of their two-year degree or transfer to a four-year college to pursue their Bachelor of Science degree. Award: Associate of Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $21,270

Computer Analyst-Business & Web Programming Option (P) Computer programmers design code, test and debug computer programs, and review and update existing programs as changes are needed. Web designers develop, manage and maintain web sites and overall Internet presence for an organization. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $44,220

Computer Applications Technician (C, O) Students develop skills in electronic data entry, access, construction and manipulation of data that will make them valued employees at any business. Graduates may elect to continue into the Administrative Assistant program or continue their education in other computer related areas. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $27,230

Computer Technology (C) Be able to manage computer systems, databases and gain a foundation in math, physics, electricity, electronics and computer networking. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $44,220

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Specialist (P) In less than one year, students learn to make two- and three- dimensional computer generated drawings, blueprints, computer animation and simulation. Award: Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $30,160 (NICC alumni survey data)

Construction Technology (P) Students will increase their skills and improve advancement opportunities through hands-on construction experience, communications, business and math. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $38,280

Cosmetology (C) Earn an Associate of Applied Science degree or a diploma in the NICC full service salon. The two-year program provides a strong foundation with theory and salon experience. After successfully completing the licensure exam, students can work in an established salon or become a salon owner. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $24,830

Criminal Justice (C, P, O) Provides a course of study which will readily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. This is a useful beginning to get a start in law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice systems, corrections or security. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Dairy Science (C) Students enrolling in this program can expect to transfer to a four-year college with junior status after completion of their two-year degree. Award: Associate of Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Dairy Science Technology (C) This program is designed for students entering a dairy career or transferring for a four-year degree. Earn 120 hours of hands-on experience in a 200-cow, state-of-the art training facility. Students can earn certificates in Dairy Breeding Specialist, Dairy Feeding Specialist and Dairy Health Specialist. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $24,750

Dental Assisting (P) Students train to assist dentists in all phases of dentistry, including general and specialty chair-side procedures, materials, radiology, lab procedures and business office management. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $35,690

Diesel Mechanics (P) Students prepare to work as comprehensive mechanics skilled in performing work on all systems of diesel vehicles. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $38,580

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Early Childhood (C, P)

HIT - Coding Specialist (P, O)

Enter the early child education field as an assistant or lead teacher in a day care, preschool or Head Start program, and, with experience, in a position as a director. This is an excellent first step if planning to earn a four-year degree in early childhood or elementary education. Award: Associate of Arts, Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $28,060

This program is designed for students who want to be employed in health care settings to do coding activities for health care reimbursement purposes. Award: Diploma Median Salary from AHIMA website: $43,359

Education (C, P, O)

Human Services (C, P)

Students can complete their first two years of a teaching degree and complete general education courses and receive specialized education instruction. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Prepares students for work in human service as a counseling staff member or youth care supervisor. Graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a degree in psychology, social work, sociology, special education or substance abuse. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (C, P)

Human Services Generalist (C, P)

Technologists record and study electrical activity of the brain and nervous system using a variety of techniques and equipment. This program is in cooperation with Eastern Iowa Community College. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $36,300

Prepares students to enter the workplace in human services agencies, services and delivery systems. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $27,380

Electronic Technology (P)

Industrial Electrician (C)

This two-year program combines science, engineering and math. Students learn to solve problems in the development, manufacture and service of electronic equipment and systems. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $49,140

Prepares students for employment as an electrician in an educational institution, a utility, municipal, state or federal agency, food processing plant, manufacturing facility and other businesses that rely on the skills and experience of qualified electricians. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $46,980

Enology (C, P, O)

Industrial Maintenance Technician (P)

Provides students with the necessary skills to enter the field of wine-making either as an entrepreneur or a skilled worker for an established winery. A certificate in Enology is also offered. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma, Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $37,120

The Industrial Maintenance Technician program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully respond to a broad range of work requirements and duties within industrial, manufacturing, processing and building maintenance environments. The program provides students with the high demand skill sets necessary to install, repair, and perform diagnostics functions and preventive maintenance. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $42,960

Entrepreneurial Cosmetology (C, P, O) The degree provide students with the training required to successfully open and operate a cosmetology business. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $24,830

Fire Fighting Specialist (C, P) The program is designed for firefighters affiliated with an existing paid or volunteer fire department. Emphasis is placed on specialized fire fighting courses offered through the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS). Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $38,700

Gas Utility Construction & Service (P) Prepares students to install, maintain and operate high and low pressure natural gas distribution systems for residential areas, and commercial and industrial companies. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $46,770

Graphic Design (P) A design-based educational program that equips students with the skills and materials necessary to compete for professional design positions upon graduation or continue their education at a four-year institution. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $39,170

Health Information Technology (C, P, O) Health information technicians are responsible for maintaining health information in a manner consistent with current medical, administrative, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements. A primary job function is coding of health care data for research and reimbursement. Award: Associate of Applied Science Median Salary from AHIMA website: $43,359

Heating and Air Conditioning (P) Students learn to install and repair heating and air conditioning equipment in this one-year program. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $45,930

Industrial Technology Teacher Education (C) Students in the program earn an Associate of Science degree from NICC and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Teacher Education with a 7-12 teaching endorsement in Industrial Technology from Upper Iowa University. Award: Associate of Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

John Deere TECH (C) Students receive classroom and lab experiences on John Deere products and a unique opportunity to work at a John Deere dealership. The program is supported by John Deere Company, Kansas City branch, and operated by NICC. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $35,080

Large Animal Veterinary Technician (C) A large animal veterinary technician performs animal medical care under the supervision of a veterinarian. Designed to meet veterinarian technical certification, students in this program will gain knowledge through coursework and hands-on experience with a focus on livestock. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $29,770

Law Enforcement (C, P, O) Graduates will work with police departments, sheriffs’ offices, highway patrol departments, narcotics bureaus, correctional institutions, crime prevention laboratories, or industry and private investigation services. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $48,800

Legal Assistant/ Paralegal (P) Students in the program prepare for a professional career in the legal field. This degree qualifies graduates for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) exam, and credits earned in the program are transferable to a four-year college or university. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $41,710

Management Information Systems (P, O) This program prepares students to enter the workforce or transfer to a computer-related major at a fouryear college or university. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree or $44,220

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Marketing Management (P)

Pre-Veterinary Medicine (C)

Class work and on-the-job training teaches students the skills needed for retail operation and management functions. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $37,760

Graduates may transfer to Iowa State University as a junior after completing this two-year program and earn a four-year degree in veterinary school. Students complete their general education requirements and are trained in dairy cattle management at a 200-cow dairy herd and training center. Award: Associate of Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Massage Therapy (C) Prepares students for entry-level work in hospitals, chiropractic offices, health clubs, spas, salons, pain management centers, sports medicine and private practice. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $25,365 (Based upon 20-25 hour work week; data collected from Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals website.)

Psychology (C, P, O) This program provides students with a solid educational foundation to work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Award: Associate of Arts State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: transfer degree

Medical Assistant (P)

Radiologic Technology (P)

Medical assistants are allied health professionals who perform administrative and clinical functions that support the services of physicians and other health practitioners in a medical office setting. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $29,450

The Radiologic Technology program prepares students for work in a hospital, clinic or a physician’s office producing diagnostic X-rays. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $46,320

Medical Laboratory Technician (C, P)

Respiratory Care (P)

Graduates work under the supervision of a medical technologist, pathologist or other qualified physician and perform tests to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $39,240

Working closely with physicians, graduates will be involved in the comprehensive care management of patients with heart and lung disease. Award: Associate of Applied Science State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $38,180

Medical Transcriptionist (C, P, O) Graduates translate and edit recorded dictation by physicians and other health care providers. During the program, students learn the language of medicine, human biology, diagnostic procedures and treatment. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $32,350

Office Technology: General (C)

Surgical Technology (P)

The office assistant is able to interpret the needs of the employer, maintain poise and friendliness, and apply good human relations principles at all times. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $28,590

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to work in operating rooms or in ambulatory surgery areas. Students will work in the scrub (sterile field), circulating (outside the sterile field) or as first assistant, directly assisting a surgeon. This program is in cooperation with Kirkwood Community College. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $37,110

Office Technology: Medical (P)

Tourism (P)

The office assistant in a medical environment is able to interpret the needs of the employer, maintain poise and friendliness, and apply good human relations principles at all times. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $29,000

Students develop their skills in the hospitality and travel industry in this program and are prepared for immediate employment in an entry-level position. Award: Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $25,630

Office Technology: Secretarial (P)

Viticulture Technology (C, P, O)

The office assistant in a secretarial capacity is able to interpret the needs of the employer, maintain poise and friendliness, and apply good human relations principles at all times. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $28,590

Provides graduates with the necessary skills to enter the field of grape growing, either as an entrepreneur or a skilled worker for an established vineyard. A certificate in Viticulture is also offered. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma, Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $25,760

Paraeducator Certification (C, P, O) Graduates of the program provide support and assistance to teachers and students in a wide range of educational and community service settings. Paraeducators have an opportunity to work with children, especially those with disabilities. Award: Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $21,750

Paramedic (P) Students learn to evaluate and manage ill or injured people at pre-hospital and emergency sites. As graduates, paramedics work with other highly trained people to provide quality emergency care in the least amount of time. Students may also earn an EMT-Basic certificate. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $32,430

Welding (P) Welding students have opportunities to repair, perform fabrication or construction in a variety of industries. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $34,360

Wind Turbine Repair Technician (C) This program prepares students for employment in various sectors of the wind energy industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of site acquisition, design, construction, turbine service, operation, preventative maintenance and repair. Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $36,710.

Practical Nursing (C, P) This program offers classroom, lab and clinical experiences that prepare graduates for employment in hospitals, nursing homes and a variety of other health care facilities. Award: Diploma State of Iowa Median Salary Range*: $36,820

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Saturday, June 8 | South Winn Golf & Country Club

22nd Annual Peosta Tournament

Monday, June 24 | Thunder Hills Country Club

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For more information on the Foundation Golf Tournaments visit www.nicc.edu/foundation or call 800.728.7367, ext. 203.

Explore the Possibilities! *

Learn more about the NEW programs NICC has to offer.

• Industrial Maintenance

• Chemical Technician (Laboratory Science Technician)

• Medical Assistant

• Beef Science

• Large Animal Veterinary Technician

For more information on all of Northeast Iowa Community College programs visit www.nicc.edu/collegeprograms.

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