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For those looking to advance their academic or professional career, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) allows its students to earn first-rate, high quality college transfer degrees, career and technical degrees or certification in two years or less.

Thousands of students enroll at NICC every year, from high school students who want to earn transferable college credit, to international students enrolled in campus-based programs, to community members taking
non-credit certification courses to advance their career. At NICC, you will learn more and earn more.

Many successful alumni built their careers from their educational foundation at NICC. Since 1966, graduates from every program and from all walks of life have continued on to prosperous careers in northeast Iowa, throughout the country and even internationally. In all economic climates, our graduates have thrived in their professions and academic endeavors, contributing greatly to their local communities.

Their success stories defy the unfortunate misperception that a community college education is not sufficiently challenging academically or that a community college education is composed of only career and technical training.

The four alumni featured on this page are just a few of the College’s successful alumni from the 1970s-2000s.

Kelly Holthaus, ‘94

Ag Business Managment
Decorah, Iowa

kellyKelly Holthaus is employed with Monsanto as a district sales manager and manages a three-county territory of 15 dealers generating $20 million in sales annually. Recently, Kelly was honored with the Master Sales Award, recognizing his placement in the top 1% of sales managers internationally and named to the Northeast Iowa Community College Hall of Fame.

“Tad Mueller (agriculture business instructor) gave me a tour and talked to me about the Agri-Business program. Tad’s ideas and enthusiasm really made me want to attend NICC, and the College’s instructors did a second-to-none job preparing me for the future.”

Robert Peacock, CAMS, ‘78

Accounting Specialist
Dubuque, Iowa

robertAfter graduating from NICC as a first-generation college student, Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Clarke College (now Clarke University) and has furthered his education in banking. He is now a senior vice president with responsibilities for Business Development, Regulatory Compliance and Community Relations at American Trust & Saving Bank in Dubuque, Iowa. He contributes his leadership talents to many local organizations.

“NICC gave me the opportunity to progress from a laborer to a banking professional in a business environment. The College opened my eyes to the importance of being involved in a community and working with other
public/private partnerships for the common good.”

Tamara Mitrofanenko, ‘02

Associate of Arts
Pyatigorsk, Russia

tamaraFollowing the completion of her degree at Northeast Iowa Community College, Tamara transferred to Texas A&M – Commerce where she earned her B.S. in environmental science. From there she received her master’s of science degree from Bard College in Annandale, New York, in environmental policy. She is currently a doctoral student at the BOKU University in Vienna. Her focus is intergenerational learning as a factor in sustainable development of the rural mountainous areas.

“I will never forget Paul Kimball (science instructor), whose enthusiasm and creativity was very inspiring and supportive to me. Together, we even developed a new class at Northeast Iowa Community College – Introduction to Biotechnology.” 

Laure Rausch

Cosmetology, ‘78
Paramedic, ‘06
Fort Atkinson, Iowa

laureLaure, a salon owner and paramedic specialist at Winneshiek Medical Center, utilized the life-saving skills she learned at NICC to save the life of college student Darrah Lansing, who was trapped under her vehicle in an accident during an ice storm. Because of these skills and her education, Laure was a recent recipient of the Winneshiek Medical Center Star of the Year Award. She also received the 2012 Iowa Hospital Association’s Heroes Award.

“There are great opportunities at NICC. I think young NICC students should start at the college, get some structure in their lives, and then think about transferring to a larger school or starting their careers. NICC is close to home and convenient.”

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