Monthly Archive:: October 2015

Contextual Learning: New Hawkeye Program Teaches English, Machining Skills

Kossi Minekpo has completed his four-month training in computer-numerical control (CNC) machining at Hawkeye Community College’s Metro Center. But along with becoming proficient in operating computerized and manual mills and lathes, the native of Togo in West

Gain Confidence, Reinvent Your Career

Former bakery employee uses ingenuity, Hawkeye degree to make his dreams a reality Brian Mauer is a problem solver. He prides himself on coming up with inventive ways to fix things, whether it’s a rigging to elevate a

Student Success Story: Walfer Cifuentes

Walfer Cifuentes learned so much in the CNC Machining class that he doesn’t want to stop. “I want to keep learning more,” he said. “I need to learn the most possible.” Cifuentes has lived in Waterloo for

Dislocated Worker Transition Center

The new Dislocated Worker Transition Center opened August 18, 2015, on Hawkeye Community College’s Main Campus. Established as part of a collaborative effort to assist displaced John Deere workers in Waterloo and Ankeny, the center will assist

The Savvy Choice

More than five years after the economic recession hit, students are savvier shoppers than ever before, a survey finds. In fact, while the U.S. is in official recovery mode, seven in 10 new freshmen say the economy

CNC Training Helps Refugee Find New Career Path

Student Success Story: Po Chan Po Chan arrived in Waterloo two years ago without any real job training. A refugee from Burma, he had worked as a spray painter in Malaysia and had some limited math education,

Begin Here…Go Anywhere

Starting your college education at a community college is a great way to build confidence and study skills, save money, explore career options, and earn college credit for both an associate degree and toward the bachelor’s degree