Hawkeye Guide to Careers

Your Goals. Our Mission. For 50 years, Hawkeye Community College has been educating thousands in Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Grundy, Fayette, Floyd, and Tama counties. High-quality, affordable college education that’s close to home is at the core of Hawkeye’s mission. Look over the full range of options in this list of Hawkeye programs to find a degree or transfer...
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Alumni Spotlight: Sam McCord

“Hawkeye has impacted me hugely!” says Sam McCord, CEO and founder of MCG BioComposites, LLC. “It provided a launching pad to get me into the field of soil and materials engineering.” McCord graduated from Hawkeye Institute of Technology in 1974 with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He is proud of his degree from Hawkeye, as it provided him hands-on experience and laid the...

Meet Hawkeye’s New Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Rhonda McRina became director of diversity and inclusion at Hawkeye Community College on July 1 and hit the ground running. “I’m excited to be part of an organization that strives to create a culture of mutual respect,” McRina said. “My first priority is to listen and engage students, faculty, staff, and community leaders in meaningful conversations on ways to make our campus even more...
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Student Spotlight: Dominic Lazum

For Dominic Lazum, racking up 50 hours of community service isn’t hard. The Waterloo Columbus grad is always busy helping others. “I like helping people,” said Lazum, a student in the Liberal Arts Transfer program. “It’s one of my favorite things to do.” Since coming to Hawkeye in 2014, Lazum has volunteered at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and helped pick up trash with the Phi Theta...

The 50 Hours for 50 Years Challenge

Volunteer efforts have lasting impact on students and their communities Hawkeye Community College was founded 50 years ago to serve the needs of the community. The founding principle was “teach for the future,” and it focused on preparing students for skilled jobs that were in high demand from local employers. [caption id="attachment_1299" align="alignright" width="300"] Hawkeye students...
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Alumni Spotlight: Life-Changing Events

Some events in life leave a lasting impression. They are pivotal points in time that are truly life changing. For Laura Freeman, the first of these came at age 12. She was diagnosed with cancer, an illness that resulted in having her leg amputated. She was no longer a “typical” teenager and struggled through her high school years. Though she didn’t know it at first, her life would change...

Quiz: Test Your Hawkeye Knowledge

Hawkeye Community College has been connecting the community with the education and training for 50 years. How much do you know about Hawkeye’s five-decade history in the Cedar Valley? Complete this five-question quiz at www.hawkeyecollege.edu/cf/trivia and be entered to win limited edition Hawkeye gear like t-shirts and pennants. 1. How much money did Harold Brock borrow to help get Hawkeye...
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Student Spotlight: Courtney Foulk

Courtney Foulk had worked in healthcare for years, but when a company restructure left her without a job, she decided to reevaluate her career path. Her first stop was Hawkeye Community College. “I sat down with the Admissions office and tried to figure out what was a good fit for me,” she said. Their conversations guided Foulk to the Executive Assistant and Legal Office Assistant programs....

Tips for Returning Adult Students

As daunting as it may sometimes seem, going back to college is easier than many people believe. We understand that the transition into college isn’t the same for everyone and that for some people there might be obstacles to address first. That’s why with the help of Hawkeye Community College, students can begin to see how to combat financial, social, and educational issues that may exist while...
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Hawkeye Community College Guide to Careers

For nearly 50 years, Hawkeye Community College has been educating thousands in Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Grundy, Fayette, Floyd, and Tama counties. High-quality, affordable, college education that’s close to home is at the core of Hawkeye’s mission. Look over the full range of options in this Hawkeye programs listing to find a degree or transfer program that fits...
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STEM @ Hawkeye

Hawkeye’s mobile learning lab is helping K-12 students get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. [caption id="attachment_1281" align="alignleft" width="200"] STEM Career Fair The annual Eighth Grade STEM Career Fair brings more than 1,200 students to campus each fall to hear from STEM-related employers and try their hands at everything from occupational therapy to...

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Military and Veterans Services at Hawkeye

1 Full-Time Coordinator. Robin Knight provides programming and veteran-related services and advocates for military-connected students on college policy, practice, and procedures. She is the primary point of contact to support the students in education benefits and service referrals. 2 Military and Veterans Service Center. Located in the Brock Student Center, the center provides a designated...

Career Academies

Career Academies give you the opportunity to earn college credit and may include hands-on experience in the workplace. Courses are offered at your high school, at Hawkeye’s main campus, or at one of the college’s other centers. Many classes are free, since your high school pays for the courses and may provide textbooks. To register for one of Hawkeye’s Career Academies speak with your high...
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Getting a Head Start

Ways to earn college credit in high school CollegeNow! at Hawkeye Community College allows students to earn high school and college degrees simultaneously. Mercedes “Cede” Angel will graduate from Denver High School on May 24. As she and her classmates prepare to become high school graduates that day, Cede will stand out among them for one reason: she will already be a college...

Respiratory Care Program

The Respiratory Care program at Hawkeye Community College prepares students for employment in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. “If you like helping people and want a career that has options for different life circumstances, respiratory care is for you,” said Jamie Bute, director of the Respiratory Care...
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Skill and Caring

There’s more to healthcare careers than you think Everyone knows that job opportunities in healthcare are booming. From technicians to those on the front line of patient care, healthcare careers abound. Beyond doctors and nurses, hospitals and health centers are staffed with technicians, researchers, therapists, and assistants. Many of these in-demand, good-paying healthcare careers require...

Life After the Bakery Closes

Job retraining at Hawkeye Community College helps father land on his feet Kent Zingg had a plan. He had 26 years under his belt at Wonder Bread and planned on five more until retirement. Then, the factory doors closed in 2012 and Zingg found himself looking for a job. His plans had changed. “I didn’t know which way to go,” he said. “With my experience there’s really not a whole lot out...

Lost Your Job? Where do you begin?

Changing careers after years in one job can seem overwhelming. Often the first steps–the mental and emotional ones–are the hardest. “People lose their jobs for many reasons,” says recruiting firm Harris Allied manager Kathy Harris. “Maybe their company has decided to outsource or sell a division; it’s purely a financial decision; or the nature of the work or business has...

Short-Term Training Nets Long-Term Career Goals

Student Success Story Ka-Te-Dra Purifoy Ka-Te-Dra Purifoy learned about the short-term training opportunities at Hawkeye Community College at a time in her life when she was searching for direction. Unemployed for nearly two years, she was at home recovering from a broken ankle and hoping to find a path to a high-paying, in-demand career. Hawkeye’s Minorities in Manufacturing program proved to...

Not Your Grandfather’s Factory

Next generation industrial careers need high-tech skills What do you think of when you imagine a shift change at a factory? Unless you work inside one, chances are you think of a whistle, punch cards and time clocks, and thousands of workers pouring out of the gates. The assembly line of Henry Ford’s day still shapes public perception of manufacturing. But within the industry, vast changes in...

Hawkeye Community College Guide to Careers

For 50 years, Hawkeye Community College has been helping thousands obtain a high-quality, affordable college education and reach their career goals. Check out Hawkeye’s more than 45 career and transfer programs to find a degree or program that fits your talents and interests. To find out more about how to prepare for your future at Hawkeye, call 319-296-4000 or visit us online at...
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RedTails Rising

Intercollegiate Sports are Taking Off at Hawkeye Community College Since intercollegiate sports began at Hawkeye Community College in fall 2015, student-athletes have come from across the globe to compete. During 2016-2017, more than 110 student-athletes competed in men’s and women’s soccer and sports shooting, while others competed in club sports like golf and dance. [caption...
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Exploring your interests: The value of elective classes

Since 2008, a focus of higher education has understandably been jobs, jobs, jobs. Providing technical training and marketable skills is a core mission of community colleges, and when the economy is sour, their roles assume critical importance. But college offers more than just job training. Beyond the program-specific courses in a given major, a college student is required to take about an equal...
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Hawkeye Community College Receives Grant to Support Truck Driving Training for Military Veterans

Hawkeye Community College is one of seven colleges across the country to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration program to train current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. Hawkeye received $100,524 from the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator...
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Alumni Spotlight: Kim Miller

Kim Miller traveled the world with the U.S. Navy, earned a management degree, worked in human resources, and held a real estate license. A career in nursing wasn’t on her radar. Then a serious health scare in the early 2000s put things in a different light. The Waverly native saw the care and attention her nurses and nurse aides gave her when she was in the hospital. It was eye...

Low Risk, High Rewards

High-Tech Simulators Help Train High-Quality Healthcare Professionals Everything that happens in the Van Gerpen Patient Simulator Lab at Hawkeye Community College is focused on one thing: quality. It’s not just about the quality of the technology or the simulations it runs. It’s the quality of the educational experience and the quality of healthcare professionals that experience...
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New Adult Learning Center Aims to Expand Services, Opportunities for Students

Bethany Shadow didn’t graduate from high school.  Now and then, she would start working toward her High School Completion Diploma (HSED), but never followed through. Then Bethany became a mother, and she had a shift in perspective. It wasn’t just about finishing her diploma, it was about providing a good example for her daughter. [caption id="attachment_1353" align="alignleft" width="300"]...

Hawkeye Community College Guide to careers

Your Goals. Our Mission. For nearly 50 years, Hawkeye Community College has been educating thousands in Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Grundy, Fayette, Floyd, and Tama counties. High-quality, affordable college education that’s close to home is at the core of Hawkeye’s mission. Look over the full range of options in this Hawkeye programs listing to find a degree or...
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Study Abroad Programs Offer Global Learning Experiences

College is a place where students gain knowledge, skills, and connections to prepare them for success. For students at Hawkeye Community College, the study abroad program provides the opportunity to make those connections span the globe. [caption id="attachment_1165" align="alignright" width="320"] Jacob Fitzpatrick and Amanda Grunklee assist Haitian university students with soil quality testing...

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 of your choice. Hawkeye can show you the path to a bachelor’s degree. Begin Now! First stop for transfer planning: Student Services – provides the resources to...
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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 influenced their college choice. This sentiment has grown steadily since 2010, when the recession was declared over. These findings, from the Cooperative Institutional Research...
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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 up to 650 workers with career and employment-related services and training. “Hawkeye Community College has a long history of serving the workforce...
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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, but lacked the English skills and technical training for a skilled job. He was working the production line at Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., and taking English classes at the Hawkeye Community...

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 six years, working at Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., the entire time. He learned about the CNC Machining program while in his English Language Learning class and came to the program without...

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 children’s playhouse or helping his daughter with an Invent Iowa project that developed into a patented insulated window system. For many years, invention was a fun but...

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 Africa also improved a few other skills. “I learned English a lot, because English (is) my second language,” said Minekpo. He was...
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Guide to careers

Your Goals. Our Mission. For 50 years, Hawkeye Community College has been educating thousands in Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Grundy, Fayette, Floyd, and Tama counties. High-quality, affordable college education that’s close to home is at the core of Hawkeye’s mission. Look over the full range of options in this Hawkeye programs listing to find a degree or transfer...
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A Heads-Up on Financial Aid

Headache-saving changes are coming Changes are coming to the financial aid process that will make it easier to apply for help and plan ahead for college. Beginning October 1, 2016, students will be able to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 year. This pushes the application date up by several months from the current January 1 opening date. Students will also...
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GAP Tuition Assistance Program Removes Barriers to Career Training

When Toney O’Neal was laid off from his job at Bridgestone/Firestone in Des Moines, he came back to his hometown to get back on track. He was able to enroll in the short-term Industrial Maintenance program at Hawkeye Community College, the first step on what ultimately would be a very rewarding journey. “I’m a big fan of the whole program,” O’Neal said. “I didn’t realize how much...

50 Years of Innovation

Since Hawkeye opened its doors in 1966, it has focused on meeting the needs of the community, providing quality, affordable training for learners at all stages of life. First opened as Hawkeye Institute of Technology, today Hawkeye Community College serves more than 25,000 individuals and awards almost 1,500 diplomas and degrees annually. Hawkeye has a community impact of $106 million and 1,400...
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Advanced Skills for Today’s Workforce

Industrial Automation Technology program prepares students for in-demand careers Manufacturing today is increasingly more advanced, with more sophisticated equipment and more technical skills needed to operate it. “It takes a skilled technician to work on equipment,” said Dan Utley, instructor in Hawkeye’s Industrial Automation Technology program. “You can’t just hire someone off the...
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Building a Tiny House

Unique construction project provides valuable hands-on learning Tiny houses are a big deal these days. The quaint, sometimes quirky micro houses offer the concept of simple living, with everything you need and nothing you don’t. While the houses might be small, building them is still a big undertaking. For students in Hawkeye’s Sustainable Construction and Design program, this provided a...
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