Education

Wed
19
Aug

NICC to resume the option of face-to-face classes

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) plans to bring students, staff and faculty back to its campuses and service locations in a slow, safe and methodical way this fall. The College’s primary goal is to preserve a vibrant learning environment while keeping the college community safe.

NICC will continue to offer alternative learning options, such as online, hybrid and online synchronous learning formats. The plan is to resume the option of face-to-face classes starting August 20. NICC will pivot from that option, if necessary, based on ever-changing safety recommendations. The hands-on portion of all Career and Technical Education courses will remain face-to-face.

“We must be patient and cautious in our reopening plan. My philosophy is to open up slowly and methodically in an effort to avoid taking steps backwards. Be assured that providing a safe environment is our top priority,” said NICC President Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D.

Wed
19
Aug

Monarchs, Butterflies and other Pollinators to be presented August 29

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) and the Friends of Yellow River State Forest (YRSF) at the Yellow River State Forest Headquarters from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, August 29 to learn about pollinators, focusing on butterflies and monarch butterflies. Participants will meet at the Yellow River State Forest Headquarters, located at 729 State Forest Road, Harpers Ferry.

After the presentation, families are invited to the prairie area to look for and catch monarch butterflies to tag for the Monarch Watch program. Monarch Watch is a program through Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS that studies monarchs, monarch habitat and their migration. A limited number of insect nets will be available, but those who have their own insect net (typically with a fine mesh and deep hoop) are welcome to bring it along.

Wed
19
Aug

“Offline/Online” virtual conference will focus on protecting children’s social well-being this Saturday

A collaboration including HAWC (Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek and Clayton) Partnerships for Children, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children and Mobile Mamma will be offering a free Virtual Conference this Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m. entitled “Offline/Online”. The virtual conference is open to the public online from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will focus on protecting children’s social well-being.

The conference will feature six speakers who will discuss such topics as Online Safety, Human Trafficking, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Suicide Awareness, Drug Abuse and more. This is a free event, and a spot within the virtual conference can be reserved by emailing info@mobilemamma.org.

Wed
12
Aug

Shara Cota awarded ACCF Conservation Scholarship ...

The Allamakee County Conservation Foundation (ACCF) recently awarded 2020 Waukon High School graduate Shara Cota with its 2020 Conservation Scholarship in the amount of $500. One of the Foundation’s many goals is to support area youth who are interested in careers in conservation. Cota is planning on attending Iowa State University in the fall where she intends to major in Biology. Pictured above at the scholarship presentation are, left to right: Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Board members Jeanie Carroll and Jesse Delaney, scholarship recipient Shara Cota, Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Board member Gary Krapfl and Allamakee County Conservation Board Naturalist Ross Geerdes.

Wed
05
Aug

Northeast Iowa Community College administrator and faculty member receive top IACCT honors

The Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) has honored a Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) faculty member and an administrator with awards for excellence.

Carla Heathcote, a Graphic Design instructor at NICC, received the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Award. Kyle Collins, associate dean of Instructional Design and Innovation at NICC, received the 2020 IACCT Outstanding Administrator Award.

IACCT recognized Heathcote for excellence in teaching, innovation in programming and advancement of community college education. As an instructor, Heathcote created “NICC Creates!” a student-run design cooperative that provides design and marketing services to NICC students and non-profit organizations. The cooperative recently partnered with a local innovation center, Creative Adventure Lab, and the University of Iowa’s Venture School to assist with the creation of the visual communications for new entrepreneur-students participating in the class.

Wed
05
Aug

Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County will be offering Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) trainings in its office located at 218 Seventh Avenue SE Suite #102 in Waukon.

Due to COVID-19 distancing regulations, applicators must preregister. No walk-ins will be accepted. The registration fee may be paid the day of the training. The course will fulfill 2019-2020 applicator recertification requirements for private pesticide applicators.

The training dates will be August 31 and September 28. The two-hour long training times will be 1-3 p.m.

To obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the Allamakee County Extension Office at 563-568-6345.
 

Wed
05
Aug

Beyond BOW Fly Fishing virtual seminars to be held throughout the next three months

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) - Beyond BOW program is offering three virtual seminars focusing on fly fishing. While the seminars are geared towards women, they are open to any adult who would like to attend. Participants may choose to take part in any or all of the following seminars, all of which are offered through Zoom web-conferencing software:

Wed
29
Jul

EACSD Board of Directors hears overview of Return to Learn plan, approves bids in preparation for upcoming school year

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held Monday, July 20. After the agenda was adopted, the usual and customary authorizations were approved, including the July consent items, minutes of the regular June meeting, bills for June 30 and July, Secretary’s Financial Report for June, Student Activity and Food Service June Reports.

The board approved the bids for bread and milk. Only one bid was submitted for each category, including Prairie Farm for milk and Bimbo for bread. The bids were as follows:

½ pt. 1% white - .2820
½ pt. skim white - .2670
½ pt. skim chocolate - .2995
8-oz. orange juice - .1940
20 oz. loaf Whole Wheat Bread - 2.22
24 oz. loaf 53% Whole Grain White Bread - 2.24
Hamburger Buns Wheat 16-count - 3.18
Coney Buns Wheat 16-count - 3.18.

Wed
29
Jul

EACSD will begin school year with hybrid Return to Learn plan

Monday, July 27 the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) released its Return to Learn plan to the public for the 2020-2021 school year. The full plan, along with some quick facts and other detailed information, can be found on the school district’s website at www.e-allamakee.k12.ia.us.

Beginning with the first day of school, August 24, and currently planned through at least the end of September, the EACSD will implement a hybrid plan for learning which will include on-site instruction in classrooms Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with required learning from home through Google Classroom being utilized each Wednesday. Facemasks are heavily encouraged in school, but not required - except on buses. The district encourages parents to provide their own transportation to and from school, if possible.

Wed
29
Jul

Danielle Stock awarded America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship

College junior Danielle Stock has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by Bayer Fund. In the fall, Stock will continue her studies in Animal Science at Iowa State University in Ames.

“Bayer Fund is committed to improving educational opportunities in STEM fields for students in rural communities. The Grow Ag Leaders program provides an opportunity to help youth across the country with college expenses and encourage their pursuit of an ag education,” said Amy Simpson, Community Engagement Manager, Bayer Fund.

The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Stock to fill thousands of jobs in a variety of fields, such as plant science, engineering, communications, finance, and more. Grow Ag Leaders raises awareness of diverse career opportunities in the agriculture industry and provides 352 scholarships nationwide to support student’s post high school ag education.

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