Each year one outstanding graduate of Northwest Iowa Community College is recognized for his or her professional and personal accomplishments. The recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award is Matt Mitchell of George. Matt is a 2004 Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance graduate and is currently the co-owner of Mitchell and Huss Excavation in George. The Alumnus of the Year recognition was held in conjunction with the College’s Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 13, 2022.
Matt was raised in Sheldon and is a graduate of the Sheldon Community School District. After graduating from NCC, Matt worked for a highway crew for multiple years, and then went into business with a farmer outside of George, Iowa where he fine-tuned his skills in demolition work, waterway construction and general dirt moving. In 2012, Matt partnered with Ben Huss to establish Mitchell & Huss Excavating. Over the past decade they have constructed waterways, hog confinement pits, and industrial parks, and did new construction dirt work for residential homes. They are well-established at side dump hauling, precision laser and GPS grading, terraces, utility work, drainage and more. As of 2022, they have seven employees, including five NCC alums, and continually expand their business.
Matt sits on the NCC Heavy Equipment advisory board, has participated in recruiting and marketing campaigns for the college, and utilizes NCC for different aspect of employee training.
Matt is also very involved in the George community. He previously served as city Zoning Administrator, and is finishing his second term as a member of the George Community Development Corporation. He works extensively with projects within the city such as Locker Industrial Park expansion, city water and sewer projects and even the George Daycare establishment project.
In the thirty years that NCC has recognized an outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Matt is the first Heavy Equipment Alumnus recipient.
Matt resides outside of George with his wife, Sherry, and their children Kirra, Mason, Kade and Sydney.
Matt’s success is our story!
Photo: Matt Mitchell, 2022 Alumnus of the Year