Having the dream to become an obstetrics and gynecology nurse, Autumn Goebel expected she would attend a four-year college. 

“I never considered a two-year college, regardless,” said Goebel, 17. 

But when a member of the Northeast Iowa Community College admissions staff visited Goebel’s high school in New Hampton, her education path took a surprising turn. She began to seriously consider enrolling in the Nursing program at NICC. 

“I was able to attend the Healthcare Program Preview Day. I loved the entire experience. I loved the campus. It was so beautiful. I loved the new things they were incorporating there. I really loved the simulation lab that they offer,” Goebel explained.

The Health Simulation Lab at Northeast Iowa Community College gives students a hands-on experience with interactive manikins that simulate a baby’s birth, among approximately 20  medical emergencies and situations. 

“I was blown away by how realistic it was and how they could teach you scenarios that you really couldn’t experience until real life,” said Goebel. 

As Goebel heads into her senior year of high school, she’s taking online college classes through the College’s concurrent enrollment program. It’s the head start she wants to get a jump start on her dream. 

“I am very surprised by my decision because I thought a four-year school was the only way to go, but a two-year has given me more options than any four-year has ever given me,” she expressed.