Education

Wed
16
Sep

NICC Waukon Center to offer FAFSA help for students and parents

The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center will be taking appointments to help students and parents with their 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application starting October 1.

To make an appointment call the NICC Waukon Center at 563-568-3060, or email Ellen Brown at brownel@nicc.edu or DeKote’ Blake at blakede@nicc.edu. One-hour appointment slots via in person or Zoom will start at 8 a.m. and be offered through 4 p.m. Contact center staff for FAFSA assistance outside of the scheduled hours.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this service will replace the center’s usual FAFSA Workshop Night.
 

Wed
09
Sep

Waukon High School art room wall mural project is completed this summer by graduated student ...

A painting project started last March in the Waukon High School art room, prior to the closing of Iowa schools by the COVID-19 pandemic, was resumed this summer and completed in July by Waukon High School now graduated senior Abbie Brainard (pictured above at right) as part of her Advanced Studio art class under the direction of Allamakee Community School District art instructor Carlyn Lechtenberg. The mural painted by Brainard is inspired by international artist Kelsey Montague with black and white doodles that Brainard created by hand. From afar, all of the doodles collectively create the image of a large scissors, glue bottle, paint palette and pencil on the art room wall (as pictured in the top photo at center). “Her dedication to the art program is unlike any other and I’m so glad she could get this project finished for her advanced studio class,” Lechtenberg said of Brainard’s creation.

Wed
09
Sep

Western Governors University offering Online Access Scholarship to provide high-speed internet to its students

With many colleges and universities incorporating online learning into their curriculum as COVID-19 concerns continue to grow, those who do not have access to affordable, high-speed internet and want to further their education are often left behind. To help address this issue and increase access to education for adults across the state, online, nonprofit university Western Governors University (WGU) out of St. Louis, MO has announced it will grant high-speed internet access and provide devices to its students who are in need through its Online Access Scholarship program. The scholarship offering is part of a broader WGU initiative aimed at working with policy makers and private industry to close the digital divide by providing more Americans access to reliable internet in their homes.

Wed
09
Sep

NICC offering Craft Cocktail class

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Craft Cocktails: The Art of the Perfect Drink” Monday, September 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Old Rossville Store, located at 851 Volney Road in the community of Rossville about eight miles southeast of Waukon along State Highway 76.

Join this class for an introductory course on everything needed to become a beginner mixologist. Become familiar with basic recipes and learn how to blend spirits in new ways to create a signature drink.  Those interested in participating must be 21 years old to register.

To register online for “Craft Cocktails: The Art of the Perfect Drink” (#77428) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions/77428 or call the NICC Waukon Center at 844-642.2338, ext. 6700. Registration deadline is September 14.
 

Wed
02
Sep

NICC to offer “Kids in the Kitchen”

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Kids in the Kitchen: Baking Basics” Tuesday, September 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

This introductory level class is designed for kids ages eight to 15 to learn how to navigate around the kitchen, keep it clean while working, learn to measure correctly and how to make substitutions when out of an ingredient that is needed. The class will end by baking some quick, easy treats and taste-testing them.

To register online for “Kids in the Kitchen: Baking Basics” (#74833) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions/74833, or call the NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700. Registration deadline is September 9.
 

Wed
02
Sep

4-H School Supplies Drive benefits Allamakee County Relief Office ...

The Allamakee County 4-H County Council sponsored a School Supplies Drive during the 2020 Allamakee County Fair to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office. Supplies such as notebooks, crayons, book bags and much more were collected throughout the fair for the Relief Office to then distribute to students who may need them as the new school year begins. Pictured above, left to right, are Allamakee County 4-H County Council member Diana Davison and Allamakee County Director of Relief Services Rebecca Hawes displaying some of the school supplies donated to his year’s drive. For further information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program contact the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
02
Sep

NICC to offer scone making class September 15

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “The Scone Workshop” Tuesday, September 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center. Register online at www.nicc.edu/solutions/74830 or call 844-642-2338, ext. 6700 by September 9.

Wed
26
Aug

ACSD Board of Directors hears about final preparations for new school year

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, August 18, a day later than its typical Monday night meeting date. Prior to the meeting, there was a welcome reception for new staff members in the school district.

Under the consent agenda, the board approved after school programming staff as well as Brody Baxter as seventh and eighth grade football assistant coach; paraprofessionals Sue Kiesau, Cathy Krupa and Sophia Krupa; and bus drivers Michelle Grangaard and Jim Hennessy. The board also accepted the following resignations: Teresa Condon, Spanish teacher; Teralee Lidsay, paraprofessional; Ben Lange, seventh and eighth grade football coach; Denise Tysland, cook; Mary Berns, cook; Jim McCormick, bus driver; Lorri Pladsen, paraprofessional; and Carlyn Lechtenberg, grades 6-12 art teacher. Caleb Ferring was transferred from assistant to seventh and eighth grade football coach.

Wed
26
Aug

NICC to offer “Kids in the Kitchen” September 15

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Kids in the Kitchen: Baking Basics” Tuesday, September 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

This introductory level class is designed for kids ages eight to 15 to learn how to navigate around the kitchen, keep it clean while working, learn to measure correctly and how to make substitutions when out of an ingredient that is needed. The class will end by baking some quick, easy treats and taste-testing them.

To register online for “Kids in the Kitchen: Baking Basics” (#74833) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions/74833, or call the NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700. Registration deadline is September 9.
 

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.

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