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Northwest Iowa Community College Annual Report Many things can be taught in a traditional classroom setting, but we all know that learning comes in many forms. Some of the most impactful learning students receive may not be found in a lab or a lecture setting, but can come of trying something new as a class project or with an extracurricular activity. This year, NCC has been busy with numerous new initiatives for student engagement, and many of these also had the added bonus of teaching students some very valuable life lessons. “ ” It was unbelievable to see young people work like that. They dug in and did whatever we asked of them. Service Learning can be small and simple or large and complex, but the outcomes always result in bettering life for someone in need. NCC had a number of classes and student clubs that did projects to help others throughout this school year. For example, the Cost Accounting class did a class project in which they made “soup-in-a-jar” meals and donated them to Love INC to help the hungry in the area. The class not only assisted others in need, they also learned inventory control, process management and many other relevant accounting practices during this project. The Collision Repair and Refinishing program annually refurbishes a car and donates it through the Charitable Chariots program. This year, the program took on three different cars to donate to families in need. NCC’s Powerline and Heavy Equipment classes were available at a moment’s notice to assist those in need during the 2014 flood in Rock Valley. The Heavy Equipment students took their equipment and were available to help with whatever projects they could to divert water away from the community. The Powerline program students helped with removing furniture, sandbagging, and anything else Rock Valley residents needed. Rock Valley Mayor, Kevin Van Otterloo, said, “NCC students and instructors did an incredible job. We definitely would have lost more homes if they hadn’t stepped up to the plate. It was unbelievable to see young people work like that. They never complained and dug in and did whatever we asked of them.” The Carpentry program and the Student Government Association (SGA) both took a group of students to work with Habitat for Humanity projects this spring. The Carpentry class worked with the Nashville, TN, Habitat for Humanity Chapter to fix houses damaged in flood waters, and the SGA went to Winterhaven, FL, to assist with new home construction sites. Whether the project was directly related to coursework, or was something over and above classroom learning and it took the student into areas they have never experienced before, all the students involved learned valuable lessons about giving back to the community and helping those in need. The number of student activities has expanded this year! Opportunities like going to the Shakopee, MN, Renaissance Fair, educating students on the importance of practical money management with a series of Personal Finance Seminars, going to the Omaha Zoo, and even Grocery Bingo were just a handful of new experiences and activities that were introduced to students this year. Events like these are developed by SGA and rarely involve much cost to the student (most are free!). Trying new experiences like these are not only great résumé builders, they also enable students to meet new people. 12 — Kevin Van Otterloo Mayor, Rock Valley


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