Giving to Community Colleges Gives Back to Your Community

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Community support to Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) empowers students who need expanded access to services to achieve their educational goals. It also provides critical funding for scholarships and lends the financial resources that NICC needs to develop new programs and innovations.

Access to education and support for students makes their hopes and dreams of a college degree possible.

“I’ve always believed in the power of education, and serving on the NICC Foundation Board of Directors is a way to help influence the enhancement of educational offerings available to a broad spectrum of students in northeast Iowa. The staff and faculty of NICC are passionate about improving the lives of the students they serve and, as a result, improve the communities in which we live,” said Mark Donhowe, president of the NICC Foundation.

Many students face financial obstacles reaching their educational goals. Approximately 36% of NICC students are the first in their families to attend college and more than half of all students work more than 20 hours per week. Eighty-seven percent of beginning full-time students receive some type of financial aid. These circumstances influence NICC students’ success in enrolling and completing their academic program or training.

Scholarships are one of the most effective ways that communities support NICC. In addition to direct tuition funding, this critical support also provides assistance to students who may otherwise withdraw due to financial burdens incurred through child care expenses, transportation costs or additional program fees.

Another way to give to the College is through the Legacy Society, which honors donors who have a passion for education and provides NICC with a planned gift. These planned gifts make a meaningful impact on students and the College by providing a lasting legacy.

Grants and local community support to NICC also provide assistance for students entering programs at the College. Workforce and employmentagencies, as well as educational organizations who partner with NICC, make a great impact on the ongoing success of students.

One shining example is Re-Engage Dubuque, a partnership between Project HOPE, Dubuque Community School District and NICC. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the groups’ collective efforts re-engaged 101 young people who had dropped out of high school; already, 33% of these students have returned to their high schools or to the NICC Dubuque Center for Education and earned their diplomas or High School Equivalency Degree (HSED, formerly the GED.)

Support for these vital partnerships makes a tremendous impact on student success. Other partnerships support advanced dairy farming technology and innovations at NICC. This year, a partnership between the College, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, the Lely Group and Fitzgerald, Inc. in Elkader installed an advanced dairy robotics milking system at Iowa’s Dairy Center, located near the Calmar campus. This advanced technology will educate the community, dairy producers, consumers and students on innovations that are revolutionizing the dairy industry.

Supporting Northeast Iowa Community College makes a tremendous impact on student access to education, scholarships, new programs and successful partnerships.

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