Northeast Iowa Community College is evaluating its programs and processes to ensure a quality education for its students.
At the NICC Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Board members received an update on a strategic priority for FY 2011-2015 that evaluates the quality of the College’s programs.
As one component of the College’s commitment to continuous improvement through the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Plan (AQIP) accreditation model, NICC is measuring quality in the areas of Business and Community Solutions programming, academic programs and student services.
Several indicators that NICC officials monitor include the customer satisfaction rating of Business and Community Solutions training and the return student/customer rate; how well students meet the College’s four student learning outcomes in academic programs; and the satisfaction of high school partners, including counselors, instructors and administrators.
In addition, NICC will be evaluating the success of implementing a $2.7 million Youth CareerConnect grant provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and an Iowa Department of Education Intermediary grant. Both will develop career pathways and employer engagement opportunities for high school students that lead directly into two-year programs at NICC and continued enrollment at four-year colleges and universities.
“We will be working with students who are taking 7-10 college credits in high school in the areas of healthcare, advanced manufacturing, information technology, business and STEM or Project Lead the Way and encouraging them to enroll at NICC to continue their college education,” said Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., NICC vice president of Business and Community Solutions.

Local firms
In other matters, the Board approved the College’s recommendation to reappoint two firms for FY 2015 that provide legal services to NICC: Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC, of Cedar Rapids, for employment and human resources-related matters and Wilmarth, Van Der Maaten, Belay and Fretheim, of Decorah, for contractual matters.
The Trustees also approved the College’s recommendation for the purchase of a new four-wheel drive pickup truck for the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) at the Peosta campus. Decorah Auto Center was awarded its bid of $10,249 for a 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck, after trade-in of the current NECAS pickup truck.
NICC will hold its annual staff convocation on Friday, Aug. 8, and faculty convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to officially begin the fall semester. The events will be held at the Calmar and Peosta campuses.
In personnel news, the Board approved the hiring of Matthew Urbain, a new electrical program instructor at the Calmar campus, and Erica Nosbisch, the new director of the NICC Waukon Center.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Peosta campus boardroom.