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Scott Community College alumnus owns successful restaurant

Joe Gomez is the proud owner of Los Primos Mexican Grill in Davenport after graduating from Scott Community College's Culinary Arts Program!

Photo of Joe Gomez, owner of Los Primos Mexican Grill in Davenport. Text reads: "I was so happy and so proud on the day I graduated. Now I put those feelings into my business - doing something I love and making people feel good to be here. I want everyone to know: if I can do this, YOU can do this." EICC Alumnus

SCC graduate creates foundation to increase digital literacy

“I was given wonderful support by (SCC basketball coach) Joe O’Brien and my host family. I learned a lot about myself and my potential, which led to my passion today. I noticed a great digital divide between students in America and my home country of Cameroon. I wanted to change that, so I created the Manengouba Foundation. We refurbish computers donated by American companies and package them with a basic digital literacy program. Then we train the teachers so they can add it to their curriculum.”

-SCC 2002 Graduate, Didier Socka

Manengouba Foundation website.

'I learned a lot about myself and my potential, which led to my passion today." DIDIER SOCKA 2002 AA Graduate International Student SCC ALUMNUS

DMACC alum manages important hospital applications teams

Matt Beglinger manages teams responsible for overseeing applications used by clinical and pharmacy staff across all UnityPoint Health hospitals.

Text reads: "Because of my Community College...'I was better prepared for future success in my college career. While I was still determining which path I wanted to take, I was able to earn credits that I eventually transferred to Iowa State." Matt Beglinger, MBA Manager, Inpatient Clinical and Pharmacy Applications.

NICC grad receives Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award 

Northeast Iowa Community College graduate, Erica Brewer, received a Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Iowa Small Business Development Center for her business Belle Allure Minkz and Boutique.

“I love school, I love education. I’m the first person in my family to get this far in my education. I want to continue and earn a master’s degree. I may even get a Ph.D. and be named ‘Dr. Erica C. Brewer,’” she said. “The experience I had at NICC was life-changing. Especially the career networking events on campus and seeing that everyone is willing to help students – faculty, staff, cafeteria people, everyone.”

Full article.

Erica Brewer stands in the Iowa House Chamber next to two other people. The second photo is of her in front of her store.

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