Our own Emily Shields wrote a piece speaking to this need: "As a part of the solution, the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, alongside all 15 community college presidents, have proposed the rapid expansion of the state’s College and Career Transitional Counselors (CCTC) program. Four counselors have been hired so far and funding was recently awarded for 13 more. The positions are shared between community colleges and one or more high schools and assist Iowa high school students in exploring college options to prepare for available careers."
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Kirkwood hopes to continue expanding program by reaching more students of color and potential first-generation college students.
WE Build Waterloo has received a $1,941.40 donation from IFC Studios in Cedar Falls as part of their Launchpad program collaboration with Kut Kings Barber Shop and Salon. WE Build Waterloo is an initiative of Hawkeye Community College in partnership with One City United, a local nonprofit organization focused on connecting people and resources to address the underlying issues related to poverty in Waterloo. Participants engage in a 12-week pre-apprenticeship, learning construction trades while renovating a vacant home in Waterloo.
Anyone who has been in the main entrance of Southeastern Community College's Keokuk Campus recently has likely noticed a table with blank shirts on it and some shirts with messages hanging up near the table. The table is part of the "Clothesline Project" to bring awareness to both domestic and sexual violence.
The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department has announced the first two live performances to be held in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center. Instrumental Music Professor Carol Ayres explains. "On Sunday, May 2nd, we're going to have the instrumental part, which are the Handbells and the Jazz Band, and that's going to start at 5 o'clock. Then on Monday (May 3rd) are going to be the Choir Concerts. They will be at 7 pm. We've split the two concerts so that we can keep people socially distant and masks are going to be required. You need a ticket so that we can give everybody a reserved seat and make sure that the groups of people are socially distanced."
The three-semester, nine-month program’s introduction is pending Iowa Department of Education approval, according to a press release. The local program would be the second of its kind in Iowa. The program will train students in the skills needed to work on aircraft electronics. Students would learn basic electrical and electronics component theory, aircraft wiring, systems testing, avionics troubleshooting and radio systems components and integration.
Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon will host the NW Iowa Visual Arts Show featuring high school students’ art on campus and virtually on the NCC website opening Monday, April 26.