Building strong communities requires many things, including guidance and direction for our students. As students navigate high school, they need to make important life choices. Students are likely asking themselves, at some point: “What do I want to do after I graduate?” 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) works closely with school districts to help light the way for future high school graduates, whether they plan to attend NICC, a four-year university or need time to explore careers. To help students plan for their academic and career futures, the College has developed career pathways for many occupations, including agriculture, business, healthcare and information technology. 

The career pathway map shown below clearly illustrates how three recent high school graduates –  Keith Hilby, Gabrielle Marti and Britt Oswald – are already beginning successful careers after graduation from Northeast Iowa Community College and furthering their education to develop their skills or earn a four-year degree. 


Taking NICC courses while in high school inspired Britt to enroll in the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program. He completed his ADN at the College while serving in the Iowa National Guard and working as a paramedic. 

This fall, Britt is continuing his education in Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 

While he works toward a four-year degree online, Britt is employed full-time as a Registered Nurse at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.



After graduating from high school, Keith enrolled in the Welding diploma at the College to advance his skills.

While working as a welder, his interest in advanced manufacturing grew, and Keith enrolled in the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator – Career Pathway Certificate (CPC) program at NICC.

After earning his CPC, Keith found full-time employment as a CNC machinist. He continues to take advanced training courses to stay current in the field.



Last May, Gabrielle graduated from high school while completing college credits through NICC. She received her high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree from the College at the same time!

She transferred her NICC credits to Iowa State University this fall to pursue a double major in agribusiness and finance. Gabrielle begins her university experience as a junior.

After completing her four-year degree,  Gabrielle’s career goal is to become an  agricultural loan officer.