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2 S U C C E S S That’s the way we spell SUCCESS! Whether you were on the cheerleading squad like me or a devoted fan with spirit, you probably remember a similar chant. For the team, success was about winning the game. For the individual, success may have been about making a basket, making the grade (be that an A or B or simply passing), completing a project in a certain period of time, or some other individual goal. The true meaning of success is personal, changing as our priorities change, changing along with our lives. That is why at NCC true success is not measured in days, months, or years, but lifetimes. This edition features success stories from alumni whose lives, and therefore their communities, the region, and even remote parts of the world have been changed for the better because they chose to start at NCC. Successful alumni become lifelong learners and leave an enduring legacy of making a difference in the world. John Bilsland’s passion for lifelong learning, combined with his desire to help everyone get a great education, led him to make NCC the beneficiary of his estate. It is our largest gift ever, and his success will help many others succeed. To all of us at NCC, your success is our story. We can’t spell s-U-c-c-e-s-s without you! Please stay connected and share your success through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the Alumni page on our website at www.nwicc.edu/alumni-community/. We will always be your cheerleaders, however you define success. Time flies when you are having fun, right? I’ve been at Northwest Iowa Community College for 14 years, but it seems like considerably less — mostly because of the excitement that comes from working with the students, alumni, and our industry partners. We hear success stories every day at NCC, and it makes going to work every day interesting and challenging. Every student is different. Every alumnus has a different path to success. No two stories are the same. And this magazine can help reiterate my point. It is so fitting to share some of these stories within a publication about our new tag line, “Your Success is Our Story,” because no truer statement exists for this institution. NCC currently has 11,459 unique alumni stories, and that doesn’t include our current students, our industry partners, our continuing education participants, our business and industry learners and so many more. Thousands upon thousands of people have found that the path to success can begin with Northwest Iowa Community College. So many lives impacted….far too many to share in this magazine, but all significant. We want to hear ALL your stories. Please don’t be modest. Hearing your stories gives us endless motivation to continue to be the best community college in the region. We are proud to be YOUR community college and part of your success. To share your NCC story, please contact Kristi Landis at klandis@nwicc.edu or at 800-352-4907 ext. 164. Alethea F. Stubbe, PhD President Kristi Landis Coordinator, Foundation and Alumni Relations


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