Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., the president of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), is someone you should meet. As one of our state’s foremost higher education leaders, Dr. Wee is personally engaging, vibrant and forward-thinking. Chances are, you have probably already met him or heard his transformational message of hope and engagement.
The NICC president, a native of Singapore who was raised in Chinese family tradition, brings his passion for teamwork, meaningful dialogue and the life-changing power of higher education to communities throughout the College’s 5,000 square-mile district and to state leaders in Des Moines. Having served in northeast Iowa’s higher education system for more than two decades, Dr. Wee embraces Iowans’ educational needs and career goals.
“Every student who walks through our doors at Northeast Iowa Community College is investing in their education through us – to better their lives – and we at NICC take this responsibility very seriously,” Dr. Wee expressed. “We have the means to impact our students’ lives and to partner with them to make a difference in their families for future generations.”
Students who enroll at NICC invest financial resources, time, energy and effort into completing one or more of the following: a high school equivalency diploma, certificate, diploma and degree. In turn, successful graduates can sustain their families by securing more rewarding, fulfilling careers and contributing to the economic success of the communities where they live.
“We engage in meaningful dialogue with our students, businesses, and other partners in education so that our programs meet their needs. This is a real educonomy at work,” Dr. Wee explained. “Education transforms lives: we lift one individual at a time, one family and one community at a time.”