NCC Students Recognized at the All-Iowa Academic Team Recognition Ceremony

Northwest Iowa Community College had four students named to the All-Iowa Academic Team. Kathleen Chicas, Matthew Grave, Thomas Holzman, and Taylor Schettler were recognized at the annual All-Iowa Academic Team Banquet Monday evening, March 4, in Des Moines, Iowa.

The All-Iowa Academic Team award is an award that is offered through the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in conjunction with the USA TODAY All-USA Community College Academic Team, and the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team each year.

Students who apply for this award must be meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled at their respective community college with a minimum of 36 total credits already obtained
  • Be on track to earn an Associate or a Bachelor degree with a minimum of 30 semester credits in the last 5 years
  • Must hold a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a possible 4.0 scale

Individuals from each Community College in the state of Iowa are selected by a committee on campus, to represent the College on the state level. Then from all of the Academic Teams from across the state of Iowa, 60 outstanding two-year college students are selected to proceed onto the All-USA Academic Team. This prestigious award is given each year to represent the state of Iowa at the national level.

All 60 members of the All-USA Academic Team and their colleges receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY.  Selection to the team is based on nominations submitted by community college presidents or campus CEOs.  Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY, and the American Association of Community Colleges sponsor the All-USA Academic Team program annually.

The criteria are designed to find students who excel academically and demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study; show academic growth and potential; and use their two-year college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities. Because the team is designed to represent the diversity found on two-year college campuses, all types of students – traditional, non-traditional and international – are eligible.

Kathleen Chicas is an Associate of Arts student and will graduate from NCC in May of 2019.  Kathleen is from Hospers, Iowa.

Matthew Grave is an Agriculture student who graduated from NCC in December of 2018.  Matthew is from George, Iowa.

Thomas Holzman is an Automotive Service & Light Duty Diesel Technology student and will graduate from NCC in July of 2019.  Thomas is from Alton, Iowa.

Taylor Schettler is an Associate Degree Nursing (RN) student and will graduate from NCC in May of 2019.  Taylor is from Wilmont, Minnesota.

Photo: NCC Honorees (Left to Right): Matthew Grave, Kathleen Chicas, Thomas Holzman,
Taylor Schettler