“Scrubs Camp” Registration is Open

NCC is excited to announce the upcoming “Scrubs Camp” for middle and high school students, set to take place on Monday, May 13, 2024, from 8:30am to 2:30pm. This unique event, hosted by NCC’s Health Science programs, aims to introduce 7th-12th graders to various health career fields through an engaging and interactive experience.

During this one-day camp, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of healthcare careers including EMS, Paramedic, Nursing, CNA, Radiologic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Medical Lab Technology, Surgical Technician, Health Information Technology, and Medical Coding. The camp will feature eight mini-sessions led by NCC program instructors. Each session will not only provide an overview of the respective career field and NCC’s program but will also include hands-on activities allowing students to engage directly with professionals from each healthcare career.

A highlight of the day will be an emergency care live action simulation, performed by NCC healthcare instructors alongside the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team (SCAT). This simulation will depict an emergency trauma scenario resulting from texting and driving, involving a vehicle accident. Participants will witness first-hand how healthcare professionals collaborate in real-time, starting from the accident scene managed by SCAT, to the emergency room simulation inside an NCC classroom, utilizing high fidelity manikin simulation technology.

In addition to these immersive experiences, the camp will include a Q&A session, providing valuable insights into the different career fields, their interconnections, and the critical importance of teamwork in healthcare. Kevin Miller, NCC Associate Dean of Health, emphasizes the significance of understanding the collaborative nature of healthcare professions, highlighting the vital role each career plays in patient outcomes and the overall healthcare system management.

Thanks to the Iowa Intermediary Network and local healthcare sponsors, this camp is offered free of charge. However, space is limited, so interested students are encouraged to sign up promptly. To register, visit nwicc.edu/scrubs-camp .

For further information about this event contact Allie Unrau, Coordinator – Learning Intermediary Network, at aunrau@nwicc.edu or call 712-324-5061, 800-352-4907. More details can also be found on NCC’s website at nwicc.edu.

NCC Student-Athletes Achieve Academic All-Region Honors for Fall 2023

[Sheldon, IA] — Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) proudly announces that its student-athletes have been honored with Academic All-Region recognition for the Fall semester of 2023 by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC). This prestigious accolade highlights the exceptional academic achievements of NCC’s student-athletes, underlining their dedication to excellence both in athletics and academics.

More than 1,500 student-athletes across the conference have been named to the First Team for achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above, with NCC students prominently among them. Additionally, over 850 student-athletes have earned Second Team status, with GPAs ranging from 3.0 to 3.49, including NCC’s dedicated scholars.

NCC’s Commitment to Academic and Athletic Excellence

Northwest Iowa Community College emphasizes the importance of balancing athletic commitments with academic responsibilities. The Academic All-Region awards are a testament to this commitment, recognizing students who not only excel in their respective sports but also achieve high academic standards.

Celebrating NCC’s Academic Achievers

First Team Honorees:

Chase Backer, Shell Rock, IA Heavy Equipment & Maintenance
Max Jones, Spirit Lake, IA, Production Welding
Mac Kelly, Hudson, IA, Powerline Technology
Derek Lawson, Emmetsburg, IA, Industrial & Commercial Wiring
Wilson Lofstedt, Ames, IA, Powerline Technology
Martin Moser, Inwood, IA, Industrial & Commercial Wiring
Skyler Mullinix, Hull, IA, Associate of Arts
Jonah Nibbelink, Orange City, IA, Automotive & Light Duty Diesel
Konnor Shever, Pierson, IA, Automotive Service & Light Duty Diesel
Luke Stuepfert, LeRoy, IL, Powerline
Carson Van Der Weide, Rock Valley, Automotive Service & Light Duty Diesel

Second Team Honorees:

Krayton Shever, Pierson, IA, Electrical Technology
Mariel (Feekes) Strouth, Sheldon, IA, Accounting
Micah Van Middendorp, Sioux Center, Automotive Service & Light Duty Diesel
Blake Van Roekel, Alvord, IA, Industrial & Commercial Wiring

Northwest Iowa Community College is proud of all its student-athletes who have achieved Academic All-Region status and continues to support their growth and success both on the field and in the classroom.

About Northwest Iowa Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) is a leading institution committed to providing high-quality education and supporting the holistic development of its students. NCC offers a wide range of academic programs and is dedicated to fostering excellence in both academics and athletics. For more information about NCC and its offerings, please visit nwicc.edu.


NCC ICCAC Sport Shooting State Championship Competition Results

On Saturday, Oct. 21 Northwest Iowa Community College’s Thunder Sports Shooting team traveled to Waukee, Iowa for the ICCAC State Championship Competition. Krayton Shever led the team with a score of 95 and shooting 50 straight. Micah Van Middendorp also shot well with a 95.

“We were thankful to finally have good weather for a state shoot, but the birds were challenging to see with orange targets and an orange Fall leaf background – many athletes struggled with the combination,” said Head Coach Brian Lauck.. Coach Lauck went on, “our student-athletes came together and embraced the situation helping each other to overcome – allowing many of them to shoot their new personal bests. It was a great season, and we will begin working on next season tomorrow in the classroom on the mental side, in the gym for strength, and on the range to test new methods.”

“We’ve had a great season, and today we were only ten birds away from a podium finish. Thank you to our families and everyone else who’s supported us this season,” said Assistant Coach DJ Van’t Hul.

NCC Top Squad

  1. Krayton Shever 95 (tied for 7th in the state)
  2. Micah Van Middendorp 95 (tied for 7th in the state)
  3. Chase Backer 94 (15th in the state)
  4. Carson Vander Wiede 90
  5. Maximus Jones 89


ICCAC State Championship Results

  1. Hawkeye 497
  2. Southeastern 477
  3. Iowa Western 473
  4. Iowa Central 471
  5. NCC 463
  6. Northeast Iowa CC 451
  7. Indian Hills 450
  8. Iowa Lakes 420
  9. Kirkwood 374
  10. Southwestern CC 295
  11. Ellsworth 264If you are interested in joining the fastest growing sport in the nation, with over 3,000+ sports shooting participants just in the state of Iowa, consider NCC’s Sports Shooting Team.

For more information contact Brian Lauck, Head Sports Shooting Coach at nccsportshooting@nwicc.edu. NCC – Your Success is Our Story!

Northwest Iowa Community College Inducts Students into Phi Theta Kappa

On October 17, 2023, fifteen (15) students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Northwest Iowa Community College. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society of the two-year college, NCC’s chapter is called Beta Lambda Pi.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

The Mission of Phi Theta Kappa is: “The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

Students were invited to be a part of Phi Theta Kappa, based on eligibility requirements that center on having a 3.5 GPA.

More information about Phi Theta Kappa can be found at www.ptk.org.  To find out more about NCC call 800-352-4907, email studentservices@nwicc.edu, or visit our website at nwicc.edu.  At NCC, Your Success is Our Story!

New PTK members:

Rylie Boer
Akoya Cabanas
Erica King
Lyle Moore
Angela Ndegwa
Carri Nelson
Tiffany Paramore
Elizabeth Pederson
Angel Roamn
Jennifer Simpson
Danae Thoene
Danielle Toel
Rianne Van Meeteren
Ethan Van Regenmorter
Tyler Wangler

Returning PTK members:
Heather Brozo
Faith Kamanda
Vincent Muigai
Skyler Mullinix

Photo Attached (L to R):
Elizabeth Pederson, Akoya Cabanas, Angel Roman, Danae Thoene, Angela Ndegwa, Lyle Moore, Ethan Van Regenmorter

Steve Waldstein Retires from NCC

Steve Waldstein, Dean of Applied Technology, has been a mainstay on campus for ten years. He has led the Applied Technology division through some of the biggest changes in the College’s history. Leading by example and a core value of student success, Steve is now retiring due to a genetic disorder that has progressed, making it hard for him to continue with the rigorous schedule his job demands.

“I was diagnosed with Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy (SBMA) which is a cousin to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a fast-moving decline in muscle ability; SBMA progresses relatively slowly,” said Waldstein. “I was diagnosed a few years ago. I first started noticing my balance was off. I would accidently run into things and just chalked it up to being clumsy or getting older. I finally sought a medical explanation when I fell down my stairs for no apparent reason and broke my collar bone. I just knew something was off.”

Waldstein decided to take “retirement” or medical disability leave now rather than waiting until his medical condition had progressed any further. “I have my good days, but they aren’t consistent and there are fewer of them as time goes on. If I overdo something one day, it can take me several days to recover. I just couldn’t keep up the physical pace I needed at work to be successful,” stated Waldstein.

Waldstein’s career crisscrosses across the state of Iowa and, indeed, the world.  From having the opportunity to work in every state in the nation except Alaska, to far off destinations like China and Australia, Waldstein has made an impact teaching all over the globe.

He started his teaching career in Iowa at Dike-New Hartford (DNH) high school as an Industrial Technology teacher and girls’ basketball and track coach. Something that Waldstein is proud of during this time period was the development of a partnership with the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). It would bring future UNI Industrial Technology Education students to DNH for their Level 3 Field Experience class. Waldstein said, “Basically, I would assess the students and decide whether they were ready for the classroom—ready for student teaching.” He was also very proud of increasing female participation in the Industrial Technology programs.

From DNH he went to Emerson Process Management, Fisher Division, where he was an instrumentation and chemical engineer instructor. “I was able to travel the United States and the world with this job. I would trouble shoot instrumentation issues, set up flow loops, and work with chemical engineers. During that period of time I was in 49 of the 50 states. I was also able to go to Australia, where in my free time I swam the Great Barrier Reef, and China, where I was able to walk on the Great Wall.”

By this time Waldstein had a growing family and wanted to be home more. He took a job at Armstrong-Ringsted high school as their Industrial Technology teacher, varsity football and track coach, curriculum director, and website administrator, and he was in charge of all the professional development. “The trade and technology program had been closed for a couple of years and I was able to restart it. Two things really stand out about my time there: I was able to start a very active Engineering Club that attracted both males and females to engineering, and in football we went to the state championship game four times and won twice.”

That brings Waldstein to NCC. In 2012 he started as the Dean of the Applied Technology division. Waldstein took over a successful division and he knew his challenge was to make NCC’s great programs even greater. “I knew the talent and subject matter experts were at the College and the programs were great, but where I saw room for improvement were the facilities and ongoing strategic professional development. We needed the College to physically represent and look as good as the content/curriculum of the programs and the teaching that was going on inside the classrooms and labs. I also wanted to improve the professional development plans for the faculty. They were good, but I knew with strategic professional development they would go from good to great!”

Steve was a key supporter of the General Obligation Bond the College passed in 2018. He knew the facilities and the optics they showed to the community, business partners, and future students didn’t match the level of work going on in the College’s nationally award-winning programs. The teaching and program curriculum were good at NCC, but the facilities portrayed when they were built—the 1960’s. Waldstein commented. “How could we look like we were teaching state-of-the art programs if we looked like we were stuck in the 1960’s or 1970’s. It was time to improve the classrooms and labs. You never get a second chance at a first impression. The facilities and the optics they carried with it were holding us back.”

He played an integral role in the passing of the GO Bond and in the design of the new buildings. Some of the changes under Waldstein’s leadership include: the new Applied Technology Building that is home to the Heavy Equipment & Maintenance program, the Building D renovation and expansion which houses the Automotive and Diesel programs, moving the Welding program from Building D to Building C so it could be side-by-side with the other Manufacturing programs, and the creation of the Idea Lab in Building C.

Another accomplishment that holds a sense of pride for Waldstein is the development of the partnership with Snap-on Tools. “We saw over and over students who couldn’t enter the Transportation programs because of financial barriers. We developed this partnership so not only could students have access to the best tools and technology we could provide, but also to eliminate the huge expense of buying tools before they started their first class.”

Waldstein was excited that the College could find a way for students to not have thousands of dollars in tool expense before even starting the program. Financial aid cannot be used to purchase tools, so this was a financial barrier for some students. “One of the missions of a community college, in my opinion, is career exploration,” stated Waldstein. “It was hard for a student to pay thousands of dollars for professional tools just to explore a career. Now, they can take a semester or two and discover if mechanics is their passion before investing financial resources out-of-pocket for their tools.”

Another positive aspect of the partnership is how students invest each semester in a small tool fee, and then when they graduate they have a complete set of professional-grade tools waiting for them. Waldstein said, “This is a great benefit for each student—they can pay little-by-little with no accumulating interest charges. This way the students receive a complete set of Snap-on tools when they graduate with the option to buy whatever they want at a really good school discount. They are totally prepared when they graduate to enter their professional careers.”

“This really affects families”, said Waldstein. “College is a big financial burden, and this relieves a lot of stress not only for the student, but also their families. The first year we implemented this process, I had a mother of a student come up to me in tears at orientation because she didn’t know how they were going to pay for their son’s tools. This was an unexpected blessing for them and allowed the student to enroll in the program.”

Waldstein wanted to convey, “…and these are words I live by, I expected my faculty to be the best teachers they could be each day in the classroom — to do their best every day. I wanted them to keep growing, keep learning, and to keep evaluating themselves. I wanted them to make clear their passion for their subject and to let their students see it because, many times, the students will follow suit.” Waldstein finished with, “The time at NCC for me was a lot of blood, sweat, and some tears, but as a collaborative team we accomplished a lot.”

Waldstein now plans to volunteer at Sanford Senior Care as a companion and at Sheldon’s East Elementary school reading to students and helping with STEM activities in the classroom.

Accounting Scholarship Awarded

The purpose of the Accounting Scholarship is to encourage individuals to pursue a career in Accounting by enrolling in the program offered at Northwest Iowa Community College. This is a $500 scholarship. Josie Postma, Rock Valley, and Mariel Feekes, Archer, are this year’s recipients of the Accounting Scholarship.

Students Awarded the Agrivision Equipment Group Scholarship

Colton Blom, Rock Valley, and Kale Kramer, Algona, have been awarded the AgriVision Equipment Group Scholarship by the Northwest Iowa Community College Foundation. Both gentlemen are currently Diesel Technology students at NCC.

AgriVision Equipment Group is a full-service John Deere farm and consumer equipment dealer offering new and used farm equipment, tractors, combines, hay equipment, lawn mowers, skid steers and much more.  They have 17 locations to serve Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri. This is a $1,000 scholarship.

Dorothy McCormack Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The Dorothy McCormack Memorial Scholarship was established to help the recipient be able to use the funds to help achieve his or her educational pursuits and have a fulfilling career. This scholarship is given to honor the generosity of Dorothy McCormack. Dorothy was a very passionate lady, who had many interests in her life and always had a desire for helping those less fortunate. This year’s recipient is Addison Metzger, Rock Rapids. Addison is a student in the Associate of Arts program at NCC. This is a $1,000 scholarship.

NCC Offering CPR Classes

Looking to learn more about CPR? Just starting out? An experienced Provider? This class will go through the steps of scene safety and assessment, CPR, AED, and team work. CPR can be a daunting task, but when the time comes for you to perform, will you be ready?

This certification level was formerly known as Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association. The AHA no longer offers a renewal course for the BLS or Healthcare Provider level. This level of training is required for all EMS providers and many nurses, firefighters, law enforcement, and other healthcare professionals. Topics include adult, child, and infant CPR according to the revised 2020 American Heart Association standards. Tuition: $60

Upcoming Classes:

Tuesdays from 6-10pm, Room 513H, NCC Campus


To register, call Northwest Iowa Community College at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 and ask for Continuing Education or register online at nwicc.edu.

NCC Employee Given Twenty Five Year Longevity Award

One Northwest Iowa Community College employee was recognized for her twenty five years of service.

The NCC employee who has been with the College for twenty five years:

Amy Bomgaars, Assistant – Enrollment Management/Health Sciences Division, Sheldon

Northwest Iowa Community College is a comprehensive community college whose mission is to be a “Progressive learning college rapidly responding to the global needs of our changing community.” NCC offers both applied technology programs and arts & science transfer courses – over 40 credit programs in all. In addition, the Continuing Education & Workforce Development departments at NCC offer non-credit, personalized training.

For more information about educational opportunities at NCC, either on campus or online, call 712-324-5061, 800-352-4907, or visit nwicc.edu.
Northwest Iowa Community College – Your Success is Our Story!