Northeast Iowa Community College ( NICC ) Board of Trustees approved a series of equipment purchases funded by federal grant programs that allow the College to expand its investment in K-12 student learning and business and industry regional training .
A four-year Youth CareerConnect grant from the U . S . Department of Labor is providing the College with the resources needed to purchase a range of new technology and equipment to meet the training needs of students and northeast Iowa ’ s future workforce .
The Youth CareerConnect grant supports the Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link , a partnership between East Central Intergovernmental Association ( ECIA ), Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission ( UERPC ), and NICC . Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link employs a success model to work closely with high schools in the College ’ s district to help students identify career pathways and achieve their educational and employment goals .
Youth CareerConnect grant was used to purchase for $ 199,193 the following : a 3-D printer and a computer numerical control ( CNC ) mill to provide valuable hands-on experience in advanced manufacturing environments , with the bids awarded to Midwest 3-D Solutions of Boone ; a CNC turning center and a CNC vertical machining center , with the bids awarded to Productivity Inc . of Cedar Rapids ; a plasma cutting table used to cut steel in welding projects , with the bid awarded to Mississippi Welders Supply of Decorah ; and six multi-process welding machines , with the bid awarded to Superior Welding Supply of Dubuque .
The equipment will be installed and accessible to allow students regional access as part of their Project Lead the Way , computer integrated manufacturing and advanced manufacturing course requirements . Moreover , current and new employees at local businesses in the region will be able to develop and upgrade their workforce skills with the technology .
The trustees approved additional equipment purchases , with funding provided by a federal Perkins Grant , for students in career and technical programs at the College ’ s Calmar and Peosta campuses . These purchases included : four multi-process welding machines for students enrolled in the Welding program at the Peosta campus , with the bid awarded to Superior Welding Supply in the amount of $ 28,133 ; and one flat panel detector for students in the Radiologic Technology program at the Peosta campus , with the bid awarded to Central Illinois X-Ray Inc . of Bloomington , IL , in the amount of $ 30,670 . Calmar campus instructional equipment investments included : a road force wheel balancer , with the bid of $ 12,994 awarded to Haan Enterprises of Cedar Rapids ; and a camera wheel alignment system , also awarded to Haan Enterprises for $ 26,607 . The equipment will expand the technical skills and employability of students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program .
LORAS COLLEGE CREATES FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Loras College , Iowa ’ s first college , has announced the creation of the First Generation Scholars Program to support first-generation college students and their families . The program offers a $ 1,500 scholarship and strives to promote engagement , study skills , and unique educational opportunities for students successfully progressing toward graduation at Loras .
The acceptance process includes an application , essay and a letter of recommendation . Awards are renewable with continued program participation . The deadline for applications is April 15 .
Full participation includes maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward a degree , living in campus housing while at Loras , maintaining full-time status , and agreeing to actively participate in progressive and socially challenging programming , campus activities , and career readiness workshops .
The program is a partnership between Loras College and the Puerto Rican Police Association Chicago . The organization will help provide financial support , hold informational sessions in the Chicago area , and share mentoring offerings .
Visit www . bit . ly / 2eJFkuN for more information , application , and a recommendation form for the First Generation Scholars Program . Or contact Sergio Perez at Sergio . Perez @ loras . edu or ( 563 ) 588-7205 .
CARTEGRAPH ENTERS A FINANCE AGREEMENT WITH U . S . BANK
Beginning today , government entities will be able to finance the use of their Operations Management System ( OMS ) software through a first-of-its-kind agreement between Cartegraph and U . S . Bank . The strategic agreement aims to help states , municipalities , and local governments overcome budget challenges and acquire the essential software they need to manage their assets , deploy resources effectively , and spend money smarter .
Through U . S . Bank ’ s Government Leasing and Finance Group , Cartegraph customers will have a variety of products and services available to help them overcome budget restrictions and capital constraints . The customized program – featuring flexible terms and payment plans – is specifically designed to meet a full range of government requirements including tax-exempt lease purchase ( TELP ), operating leases , technology refresh leases , and project financing .
For more information on financing Cartegraph Operations Management System software through U . S . Bank , please call ( 800 ) 253-3468 or visit www . USBank . com / govleasing .
NICC NAMED CHAMPS INSTITUTION FOR SUPPORT TO STUDENT VETERANS
Northeast Iowa Community College is committed to the success of every student , and in particular strives to support student veterans as they adjust to civilian life while pursuing their goals in education . The College ’ s efforts have received statewide recognition as a Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partners ( CHAMPs ) institution for Dubuque and Winneshiek counties . In order for institutions to become a CHAMPs partner , at least nine out of 12 criteria in three categories must be met . Categories include transitional considerations , financial considerations , and on-campus resources . Colleges recognized as CHAMPs institutions often offer on-campus support , consistent credit for military courses , and provide special financial considerations .
Previous honors to NICC include being named a Military-Friendly School by G . I . Jobs magazine and a Top School by Military Advanced Education & Transition Guide .
For more information about services for student veterans at NICC , visit www . NICC . Edu / Veterans .