Ribbon Cutting ceremonies and a community open house were held at Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, IA, on February 24 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm with the Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 5:30pm. The ceremony was to celebrate the opening of the remodeled Building D — Automotive & Light Duty Diesel classrooms, labs, and student space. Over 200 current and prospective students, alumni, business partners, and community members were in attendance to celebrate and tour the new facility.
Alethea Stubbe, President, commented, “The ribbon cutting for the new Automotive & Light Duty Diesel facilities at Northwest Iowa Community College signifies growth and progress for the College and the entire area. We are grateful to the forward-thinking voters of our community who approved the General Obligation Bond in April 2018. We take the trust the community placed in us seriously, and the passage of the General Obligation Bond was an investment in the future of the College and in the future of Northwest Iowa. The funds are enabling NCC to meet our mission as the region’s workforce trainer, career builder, and life changer making higher education accessible to our community members.”
On April 3, 2018 the voters in Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux, as well as the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District in Cherokee County (Area IV) voted to approve a 14.1 million dollar General Obligation Bond Referendum for Northwest Iowa Community College. The referendum passed at nearly 74% and will ensure NCC’s ability to continue to offer a high-quality, accessible, and affordable education to our community members.
Some of the features of the expansion and remodel of the Automotive & Light Duty Diesel classrooms, labs, and student spaces include:
- 32,000 square feet
- 23 in-ground hoists
- Engine and simulation labs
- Tool Boxes and Tools (Snap-on Tool educational partner)
- Challenger CV 10 and 12 pound in-ground hoists
- Tire Changers
- Alignment Racks
- Parts Room — Organization and Shelving
- Smart Classroom Design — a car can be driven into the classroom and the instructor can put it on a hoist and use new instructional video technology to make sure everyone in the classroom can see what he is doing from every angle.
- Snap-on Tool educational partnership that includes tools, computer technology upgrades, and NC3 Curriculum for national certifications
Steve Waldstein, Dean of Applied Technology, said, “I feel the ribbon cutting ceremony is an excellent opportunity for NCC to showcase our facilities to current and future students and the community alike of our commitment to excellence in education. The labs and NC3 curriculum of the Automotive & Light Duty Diesel Program are a direct result of NCC listening to area industry partners, alumni, community members, students, and employees and then responding directly to the need to train workers in a field that has a shortage of skilled technicians. We hope that our excitement in the College’s progress is transmitted to the entire area we serve.”
Joseph Tiefenthaler, second year automotive student explained why the lab is such an improvement from his first year classwork in the old lab, “The layout is a lot better. It improves our class time experience and I like the improved communication between the first and second year students.” Tiefenthaler continued, “I have known since the 6th grade I wanted to work on cars. I wanted to go to college in Iowa and NCC stood out from the rest. Also, when I asked people in the industry what school to go to they all said NCC graduates were always their best employees.”
Eddie Villanueva, first year automotive student, added, “The space is awesome. I love the lifts being in the floor — it gives you a lot of room to work. The program is great. The instructors get you as much hands-on learning as they can. They understand students learn better that way. It just isn’t a picture and a description in a textbook it’s solving real life problems and working out solutions.”
When the students were asked about the passage of the General Obligation Bond Referendum and what it means to them having access to the new lab, Villanueva stated, “Thank you for all you have invested in this school. I appreciate, and the younger generation appreciates, your thoughtfulness and investment for the future — our future.”
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