Education

Wed
14
Feb

Robey Memorial Library to host six-week video travel series February 20-March 27

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will host a six-week video travel series Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. from February 20 through March 27. Anyone can travel around the world from Robey Memorial Library through the video series made possible by Travelscope®.

Travel destinations include San Antonio, TX-more than the Alamo; Toronto & beyond-Canada's Niagara Peninsula; Williamsburg, VA-America's historic triangle; Alberta, Canada-the Canadian Rockies; Custer Country, Montana; and Ontario, Canada's Far North. For more information, contact Robey Memorial Library at 563-568-4424 or www.waukon.lib.ia.us.
 

Wed
14
Feb

Waterville area parents begin transition process for the closing of Waterville Elementary School

by Brianne Eilers

At its December 2017 regular meeting, the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to close Waterville Elementary at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. With that decision made, the process has begun to transition Waterville Elementary students and staff into the elementary schools in Waukon, a process involving administration and staff of the Allamakee Community School District, parents of Waterville Elementary students, the students themselves and community members, some of whom are part of a transition team in place working on strategies to make the changes easier on all students involved.

Wed
07
Feb

Kee High School junior attends Girls in STEM event ...

Three high school student participants in the Career Learning Link Partnership through Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) attended a Girls in STEM event in Johnston Monday, January 29 to learn more about high-demand, high-paying careers for women. The students visited interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) booths taking guided notes about the training and education needed for specific careers. The event was sponsored by Iowa Public Television and Million Women Mentors Iowa.

NICC Career Coach Amanda Reddick-Gilson accompanied the three high school juniors pictured at right to the Girls in STEM event. Those students included (left to right in accompanying photo) Amanda Fahey of Kee High School in Lansing, the daughter of Joe Fahey and Amy Wiemerslage; Adriana Reese of Oelwein High School​, the daughter of Melissa Reese and Chris King; and Morgan Vorwald of Edgewood-Colesburg High School, the daughter of Lynne and Ken Vorwald.

Wed
07
Feb

ISUEO-Allamakee County hosted Waukon Clover Kids ...

Playing the piano with bananas, or the bongos with carrots, or Pac Man with play dough are just some of the things Waukon Clover Kids learned about the magic of the Makey Makey and turning everyday items into a keyboard. The Makey Makey is a circuit board that uses alligator clips to send electrical signals to the computer. Anything that can conduct electricity can be connected to the clips, such as bananas, carrots, play dough, and even people. The Clover Kids substituted these items for the four arrow keys, space bar and click on the computer. Once they were grounded to the Makey Makey, they used different apps, such as the piano, to learn how electricity flows. The most important lesson was being “grounded” and holding the specific alligator clip or touching that person (as pictured both above and below). The Clover Kids also made their own marshmallow shooters out of craft sticks (pictured on the table in the photo above).

Wed
07
Feb

ISU Extension and Outreach to offer Certified Handlers Program

Allamakee County will offer the Certified Handlers Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) Wednesday, March 21. The program will be shown across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

The local attendance site is the Allamakee County Extension Office. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is discounted before March 14. To register or obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Allamakee County by phoning 563-568-6345.

Wed
31
Jan

Northeast Iowa Community College and Upper Iowa University sign Bridge to Success partnership agreement


Bridge to Success Program partnership ... Following a brief program Tuesday, January 23 at Upper Iowa University's Fayette Campus, Upper Iowa University President Dr. William R. Duffy (pictured at left) and Northeast Iowa Community College President Dr. Liang Chee Wee (pictured at right) display the signed letter of understanding to create a new Bridge to Success partnership that will benefit first-year college students beginning with the fall of this year. Submitted photo.

Upper Iowa University (UIU) and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) signed a Letter of Understanding Tuesday, January 23 that will create a new Bridge to Success Program for first-year college students. The four-year private university and community college agreement, which begins this fall, is unique in the state of Iowa.

Through the Bridge to Success Program, first-year students who have not met entrance requirements for Upper Iowa University will enroll as Northeast Iowa Community College students. While attending classes at Upper Iowa University, the students will complete general education requirements, enhance their college-ready skills and complete college credits that fully transfer to Upper Iowa University. Students in the cohort will live on the University's Fayette Campus, receive academic and advising services from both institutions, and attend classes taught by visiting NICC faculty.

Wed
31
Jan

Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. offering Alumni Scholarship; April 1 is deadline for application

This is the 13th year for the Alumni Scholarship instituted by the Allamakee Scholarship Fund (ASF), Inc. Board of Directors. The award is made to a Waukon High School graduate who participated in Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. (or Allamakee Dollars for Scholars) while in high school and received an award as a graduating senior. The scholarship is available for college sophomores or higher level students who have been out of high school two years.

The ASF, Inc. Board feels it is important to continue the encouragement to Allamakee Community School District graduates as they continue their education, not just as they start their post-high school program. The group wishes to encourage participation in community service and college activities that are part of their educational growth and preparation for career and community life.

Wed
31
Jan

Waukon Head Start to host open house February 8

Waukon Head Start classrooms, located at West Elementary School at 953 Third Avenue NW, will be holding Registration and an Open House Thursday, February 8 from 3:30-6 p.m. Head Start, operated by Northeast Iowa Community Action, is a full day program that offers a safe and nurturing environment while providing fun and active learning.

Teachers partner with families to provide the preschool experience for children who are three and four years old.  Head Start services are funded by federal and state grants and are free for families who qualify. Head Start is an inclusive environment for children with disabilities.  Transportation is available in some areas.

Nutritious meals and snacks are provided by the CACFP program. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Parents are encouraged to bring proof of income and proof of their child’s birthdate.

Wed
24
Jan

St. Patrick School Mardi Gras Saturday ...

St. Patrick School in Waukon will be holding its annual Mardi Gras fundraising event Saturday, January 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Among the events taking place will be live and silent auctions for items such as those pictured at right. There will also be a raffle for a 10-foot Tahoma kayak. Local businesses and individuals have donated items and funds to help make the event a success for St. Patrick School. For tickets and additional information, contact Jennifer Kovarik at 563-568-5318, Amy McCormick at 563-419-9336, Tami Stilwell at 319-361-6077 or St. Patrick School at 563-568-2170. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
24
Jan

NICC Waukon Center will be offering Certified Nurse Aide Course January 30

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the Certified Nurse Aide Course beginning Tuesday, January 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW in Waukon.

This State of Iowa-approved class is the first step toward a career helping others in healthcare settings. It prepares students for employment as a nurse aide (CNA) and may be a prerequisite for admission into the College’s nursing programs. The fast-paced combination of classroom, hands-on laboratory and off-site clinical experience addresses basic nursing and personal care skills, patient rights and communication. Special attention to mental, physical and social health of geriatric and special populations is included.

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