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Indigenous Peoples' Day: October 11

On October 11, we celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day and the Indigenous communities and cultures that make up and contribute to our state. Since 2018, Iowa has celebrated the holiday, and this year, President Biden has proclaimed October 11 a national day to honor our country's Indigenous Peoples.

Please check out the below resources and learn more about the holiday, the history of Iowa tribes, tribal lands, tribal higher education, and more.

Listen to Iowa Public Radio's segment on what the holiday means to Native Americans:

Read NPR's article on the holiday:

President Biden's Proclamation:

Governor Kim Reynolds 2018 Proclamation:

Iowa Department of Human Rights, Office of Native Americans:

Iowa Historic Indian Location Database (HILD):

Native American Sites in Iowa:

American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) that provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian and Alaska Native higher education issues

World map of Indigenous Peoples' land:

Find out whose land you live on:

Our Des Moines IACCT office resides on Iowa, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux), Sauk, and Meskwaki land.

Books by Indigenous Authors:

Indigenous Musicians:

Indigenous Movies from North America:

Saying Goodbye

During last week's IACCT Board meeting, we acknowledged our Trustees who are leaving our board. Thank you to Northeast Iowa Community College's Dave Schueller, NIACC's Jean Torgeson, Hawkeye Community College's Bruce Clark, and Eastern Iowa Community College's Denise Hollonbeck for serving on the IACCT Board. We will miss you!

Student Lands Dream Job After NICC Industrial Maintenance Program

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the State of Iowa right about the time Eric Avila, a recent high school graduate, landed his dream job. Immediately after completing the Intro to Industrial Maintenance certificate program at Northeast Iowa Community College, Enterprise Products Partners LP hired Eric for $30.95/hour.

"My Dad, Leo Avila, teaches the 10-week program at NICC. He told everyone, including me, to get into this field. I’m now making more than $30/hour, so I think my plan worked,” Eric said. “This is really huge for me, being just in my early twenties.”

As the virus began shutting down operations temporarily across Iowa, Eric completed several safety training certifications online to further develop his skills and knowledge. The training he received in the NICC program prepared him for a solid, in-demand career with opportunities to advance and grow.

“The program taught me about three-phase motors for industrial maintenance and that was new to me –how to connect them in electrical systems. I enjoyed learning about hydraulics, electrical and pneumatic systems,” he said.

The Opportunity Dubuque program created by Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, NICC and in partnership with organizations in the community, supported Eric’s advanced manufacturing education.

“The Opportunity Dubuque funding covered the cost of my training. I jumped for joy when I heard that,” he expressed.

The Intro to Industrial Maintenance short-term training certificate program is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair equipment found in a variety of industries. This program includes a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification which must be earned to move on to the introduction of the tools and the materials frequently used in industrial maintenance. Students learn to read and prepare electrical blueprints and study the basic theories of hydraulics and pneumatics necessary to troubleshoot or to operate fluid power equipment.

Osceola Food and Southwestern Partnership

Osceola Food and Southwestern Community College partner each year for employee training! During the fall 2021 semester, five Osceola Food employees signed for SWCC’s industrial technology program and one employee signed for electrical technology. Employees go through rigorous in-house screening processes to qualify to be sponsored in SWCC’s programs.

Palfinger Donates PPE to Iowa Western Students

At the start of the semester, Palfinger donated PPE to every welding student at Iowa Western. The PPE package included a face shield, gloves, eye protection and welding coat. Palfinger will also be donating 6 pulse welders and booths to the college. Iowa Western instructors will teach welds to better prepare students for a career at Palfinger. Iowa Western and Palfinger look to continue and grow this partnership.

EICC Chancellor Don Doucette Announces Retirement

Starting his position at Eastern Iowa Community College in 2011, Chancellor Don Doucette has decided to bring it to a close and retire in June of 2022.

He began as an English teacher in 1973, and has served in leadership roles at Community Colleges in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana.

EICC Board President, Robert Gallagher said, “Doucette leaves behind a legacy of success and highly talented faculty and staff who I am confident will take EICC to the next level."

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NICC and Local Manufacturer Partnership

Manchester manufacturer Henderson Products has a valued partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College. Henderson Products Inc., that designs and manufactures multi-purpose equipment for heavy-duty work trucks, enrolls its employees in contracted three-week training courses developed with NICC and welding instructor, Seth Harms.

Tom Kenny, Henderson weld engineer said, "The employees enrolled in this training have been successful as we grow as a company. It allows us to develop talent from within and everyone gets the same training, attention and experience they need."

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