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Dear Friends, Northwest Iowa Community College Annual Report The names David and Goliath bring to mind the epic battle between an underdog and the giant. I recently read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. It is an uplifting story about David, a little shepherd boy, felling the mighty warrior, Goliath, with nothing more than a stone and sling. David’s victory was implausible but seemingly miraculous. David should not have won—or should he? In the end, an outward disadvantage can sometimes be an advantage, and vice versa. The story reminds me of Northwest Iowa Community College, rural and small in size but incredibly significant, powerfully accomplishing great things through dedicated people committed to our broad mission. It has been another award-winning year for the smallest community college in Iowa. Our community college has been honored to earn national and state recognition. For the third time, NCC has been selected as one of the top 150 community colleges nationwide to be eligible to apply for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2015. Our college has also been ranked #11 nationally by The Best Schools and #15 nationally by Create a Career. We have been named the safest college in Iowa, and, according to College Measures, we have the highest graduation and transfer rates among all community colleges in the state. NCC is indeed a Great College to Work For® as recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 2 Even though we celebrate our achievements, we continue to work hard at helping students succeed. The College & Career Academy in Orange City allows high school students from MOC-FV and Unity (others are welcome) to take college classes in health and manufacturing locally. Several new programs funded through Workforce Training & Economic Development dollars (including GAP, PACE, and Intermediary Learning Network) are making a difference for students. Every student matters, and we are concentrating on advising them on how to reach their goals. We continue to explore different methods of delivery (Fast Track, hybrid) as we know students have different learning styles and need convenient, flexible schedules. We believe in well-rounded citizens and encourage service learning. Besides “soup-in-a-jar” meals for the hungry, Habitat for Humanity trips, and Charitable Chariots donations, students and staff responded rapidly in area communities that were declared natural disaster areas. We also believe in celebrating our rich heritage and our bright future. This year we held our first ever Days of Thunder. This weeklong homecoming celebration will now be held every year in October. Like David and Goliath, our college and students have an uplifting story; what seems on the surface to be a disadvantage turns out, on deeper examination, to be an impetus for hard work and against-all-odds triumph. That’s NCC’s story. Thank you for reading this annual report for 2013–14 and being part of your community college’s success story in serving our students, region, and state. Sincerely yours, Alethea F. Stubbe, Ph.D., President


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