Education

Wed
19
Jan

Kee Speech season is underway ...

The Kee High School Speech program has its busy competition season underway, beginning with the Conference Large Group Contest this past Saturday, January 15 in Postville. Kee’s events received six “I” ratings and one “II” rating. The Conference contest is considered a preparation for Upper Iowa Conference schools before they compete at the District level, where all teams will compete again.

District Contest is scheduled for this Saturday, January 22 in Cascade, with State Contest slated for February 5 at Decorah High School. The teams have been practicing since the beginning of November.

Wed
19
Jan

Application open for 2022 Robert D. Blue Scholarship

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald recently opened the 2022 Robert D. Blue Scholarship for applications. Applicants must be a current senior or former graduate of any Iowa high school who plans to attend a college or university within the state. Awards are based on financial need, an original essay, academic achievement and recommendations.

Treasurer Fitzgerald is a member of the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation, which funds the scholarship.

“We’re looking for students who exemplify greatness,” he said. “Aaron Eilerts is a notable example. He spent his time volunteering and giving back to those in his community before tragically losing his life when a tornado struck the Little Sioux Boy Scout Camp on June 11, 2008. People like Aaron, who dedicate themselves to serve others, are strongly encouraged to apply.”

Wed
12
Jan

Magner earns Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering

Kerry Magner ...
Kerry Magner ...

Kerry Allen Magner, son of Rose Magner and James Magner of Waukon, was conferred a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Civil Engineering with a Geotechnical Engineering Emphasis from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, MO December 17, 2021.

Magner is a Waukon High School graduate and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, a Master of Science degree in Geological Engineering from Missouri S&T, and a second Master of Science degree in Explosives Engineering from Missouri S&T.

Wed
12
Jan

Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2022. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Registration is required. No walk-ins allowed. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and extension agriculture engineering specialist at Iowa State University and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

Wed
12
Jan

Private Pesticide Application Recertification

Continuing Education is required in order to keep a Private Pesticide Applicators license current annually. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office will be offering three face-to-face opportunities to attend the Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course, led by Extension Field Agronomist, Joshua Michel.

State law requires that attendees be in their seat at the start of the program. The course will run for approximately two and a half hours, and attendees must stay for the entire program. Individuals only need to attend one of these sessions to complete the education requirement.

The trainings will be held at the Freedom Bank Community Room in Waukon. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 563-568-6345. Allamakee County will be hosting the following dates and times: January 19 at 9:30 a.m., February 1 at 1:30 p.m. and February 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Wed
05
Jan

EACSD Board of Directors hears about National FFA Convention, updates on variety of items as end of calendar year approaches

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The  Eastern Allamakee Community School District  (EACSD) Board of Directors met at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, December 21. Board President Bobbie Goetzinger called the meeting to order. Board members Melanie Mauss and Arla Wagner were in attendance. Members Tony Becker and Kelli Mudderman were absent. Also in attendance were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee High School and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff, New Albin Elementary School Principal Donna Thomas and Board Secretary Michele Martin, as well as visitors Ray Rankin, Anissa Stanley, Riley Troendle and Jacob Stendel.

After the adoption of the agenda, Lansing FFA advisor Ray Rankin and his students who attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN gave a presentation on the events at the convention and other tours they had an opportunity to take in the surrounding area during the trip.

Wed
05
Jan

Applications being taken for Alumni Scholarship through Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc.

This is the 17th 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 ASF, Inc. while in high school and received an award as a graduating senior. The scholarship is available to college sophomores through graduate level students.

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. Scholarship criteria include academic achievement, participation in college activities, especially in their field of study, and community service.

Wed
29
Dec

Family of former teacher donates to New Albin Elementary ...

New Albin Elementary School has been blessed by the generosity of the family of Sara Thomas, a former teacher in the Eastern Allamakee Community School District for many years who passed away this past October. Her family knew that she would have wanted memorials in her honor to go to a place where she gave so much of herself. The family donated $1,960 to be used on books and other necessities, some of which are pictured above. New Albin Elementary School appreciates the generosity of the family of Sara Thomas. Submitted image.

Wed
29
Dec

Funding available through NICC to support healthcare program training at no tuition cost for students

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) has received a new source of funding that will allow students to train for in-demand healthcare careers with no tuition cost.

The new funding through the State of Iowa Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II) is creating no-cost tuition training opportunities for students and helping the College and its partners to develop a healthcare employee pipeline in the community. Funding through Opportunity Dubuque is also available to support the training.

The GEER II funding, among other funding sources, will provide financial assistance to students who enroll in one of three short-term certificate programs at NICC; Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and Pharmacy Technician. Graduates of the programs will help backfill a wave of retirements in the healthcare sector.

Wed
29
Dec

Finalists named for Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) presidency

The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Board of Trustees approved the President Search Committee’s recommendation of four finalist candidates for the position of college president at its meeting December 20. Finalists selected include the following:

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