Technology Revolutionizes Teaching and Learning

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NICC_technologyAs new technologies impact nearly every career and job sector, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) continues to introduce cutting-edge tools and advanced systems that prepare graduates to compete in any economy – local, statewide, national and global.

The Advanced Additive Manufacturing Prototype (AAMP) Lab

Pg4_Photo2bIf you want to study engineering technology and design to prepare for an in-demand, high-paying career, there is no better place to enhance your skills and career possibilities than the Advanced Additive Manufacturing Prototype (AAMP) lab and Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Northeast Iowa Community College. The AAMP lab includes four 3-D printers, solid modeling software and an array of networked computer systems. One-on-one interactions with faculty and project-based learning partnerships with local employers integrate classroom and hands-on lab experience to raise your visibility as a talented, well-trained employee sought by local companies.

This new lab at the Peosta campus offers local manufacturers access to advanced technology and tools found nowhere in northeast Iowa. Employers, such as Mi-T-M Corporation in Peosta, have partnered with the College and Mechanical Engineering Technology students to develop prototype parts for international customers, according to Mike Steffen, Mi-T-M engineering project manager.

“We’re excited that NICC has a Mechanical Engineering Technology program, and the entire process in developing our prototype worked out well for both our company and the College,” Steffen explained. “The Mechanical Engineering Tech students had a practical application to apply what they’re learning, and we developed the prototype we urgently needed to meet our customer’s request.”

The manufacturing world of northeast Iowa needs skilled Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates. Be Bold. Learn More.

Health Simulation Labs

pg5_Photo 2Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) healthcare programs and graduates earn consistent praise from employers for our graduates’ “first-day-on-the-job” aptitude because of their clinical experiences as students. How can students prepare, as part of their college education, to treat a patient in a real medical emergency? How does a future healthcare professional receive the training he or she needs to treat a patient in sudden cardiac arrest, an adult suffering a seizure or an infant whose breathing has stopped?

Health Simulation Labs at the Calmar and Peosta campuses bridge this potential gap in training and preparation by guiding students through programmable, customized scenarios using manikins that simulate nearly every medical emergency imaginable.

pg4_Photo 1Through simulation, Paramedic students gain valuable lab time on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) procedures when arriving at a vehicular crash site and how to properly embark patients in an ambulance en route to the hospital. Nursing students develop their obstetrics skills in scenarios that simulate childbirth. Respiratory Care and Early Childhood Education students, under faculty direction, also utilize simulation lab scenarios to prepare for the treatment of patients who may experience acute respiratory ailments and anaphylaxis, a respiratory condition caused by various food allergies.

Healthcare providers also enroll their current employees in professional development training using the simulation labs at NICC through the Business and Community Solutions division. See the Health Simulation Labs in action at!

Computer Science and Information Technology

“The only constant is change,” wrote the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and this observation holds especially true with all things related to computer science and information technology.

As Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) looks toward the next 50 years, faculty and students can expect new technologies to emerge in computer science that will replace the relics of the past.

Floppy disks, anyone? Even data storage has evolved, as computer users now upgrade from portable flash drives to cloud computing and take advantage of advanced data sharing. Computer users themselves are becoming increasingly mobile in a global marketplace.

NICC introduced a new Mobile Applications Development certificate in fall 2015 to prepare students who want to test their skills and imagination in this booming industry. Ours is a technologically-evolving world. Today, the development of websites for companies and organizations is an expectation; the big money windfall for skilled designers with coding skills has shifted an entire industry’s focus to application development for smart phones and devices.

The College’s training programs for students and professionals in the information technology sector offer more than insights into the latest incarnation of Microsoft Office software or the point-and-click universe. New Business and Community Solutions courses teach Crystal Reports, Java and Linux, and the College has introduced entry-level certificates in IT Foundations, Networking/Systems, Programming, and Bridging Communication to the IT Customer to keep you ahead of the changing information technology world.

Learn more about the computer science and information technology programs at NICC at!

High Tech Impacts on Agriculture

Each state in the U.S. has a cultural identity, for better or worse, courtesy of the news media and our popular imagination. Iconic corn fields and pasture lands, livestock, tractors and farm implements may be the first images that spring to mind when people outside of the Midwest hear the word, “Iowa.”

Yet, today’s Iowa farmers are managing their crop and livestock operations with many of the most technologically-advanced equipment on the market. NICC agriculture programs require off-campus internships for students for this reason: by getting out of their comfort zone at the College’s Calmar campus, students can observe the top tier technologies available to farmers, both in the Midwest, the U.S. and internationally.

Students in all of the College’s agricultural programs develop their skills at Iowa’s Dairy Center near the Calmar campus by supplementing their classroom learning through hands-on training, from Lely robotic milkers to Total Mix Rations (TMR) technology.

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