Each year one outstanding graduate of Northwest Iowa Community College is recognized for his or her professional and personal accomplishments. The recipient of the 2020-2021 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award is Andy Jacobs of Sutherland. Andy is a 2002 Diesel Technology graduate and is currently employed as the Branch Operations Manager at Ziegler CAT in Sheldon. The 2020-2021 Alumnus of the Year recognition was held in conjunction with the College’s Open House & Ribbon-Cutting of Building D on September 21, 2021.
Andy Jacobs grew up in rural Northwest Iowa. Growing up in a trucking family, he developed an interest in trucks and equipment at an early age. He began NCC’s Diesel Technology program in the fall of 1999. Upon completion of the program, he held various mechanic positions. Andy worked as a mechanic and field technician for Tom’s Repair in Granville; a County Mechanic for O’Brien County Secondary Roads; a Shop Supervisor for Ziegler CAT in Sheldon; and was promoted to his current position of Branch Operations Manager in 2018. Andy currently oversees 25 employees, including field service technicians that are dispatched throughout Northwest Iowa.
Andy remains connected to NCC through serving as Chairperson of the NCC Diesel Technology Program Advisory Committee and as a member of the NCC Foundation Board. He is involved with Skills USA, serving as both a student and professional member since 2006. Andy has employed numerous student interns at Ziegler CAT and is constantly looking for opportunities to educate young people about the diesel industry.
Andy’s family includes his wife, Becky, and their three children, Emmet, William and Jolie.
Andy’s success is our story!