50 Years of Innovation

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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 jobs. Since 1966, the college has graduated more than 50,000 students, with 94 percent staying in Iowa.

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 jobs. Since 1966, the college has graduated more than 50,000 students, with 94 percent staying in Iowa.

1966

Hawkeye Institute of Technology established.

Travis Martin hired as first superintendent.

004-005 Anniversary001Waterloo Community School District transfers operation of the Waterloo Area Vocational School to Hawkeye.

State of Iowa provides $1.25 million to Hawkeye, the second largest allocation in the state.

Voters pass tax levy: $1.75 million raised over five years.

1967

The mission of Hawkeye Institute of Technology is defined as: “Teach for the future.”

Hawkeye is the only technical school in the State of Iowa.

1968

004-005 Campus GroundbreakingConstruction begins on the first building on Hawkeye’s Main Campus.

1969

Hawkeye dedicates Butler Hall and Buchanan Hall.

1973

Hawkeye creates the Gates Department of Business, taking over several business programs from the closed Gates Business College.

1974

Black Hawk Hall is dedicated.

004-005 Child Development CenterHawkeye dedicated an addition to Black Hawk Hall in 2005. In 2015, a portion of the building was remodeled to house the expanded Child Development Center. The center was moved from its previous location on the south side of East Orange Road to expand services for Hawkeye students and their families. The center includes four age-appropriate child development classrooms, along with a kitchen, office space, and restrooms. There is also a new playground on the west side of Black Hawk Hall. The new location increases the center’s capacity by 43 percent and now includes services for infants and young toddlers. The center currently serves 45 children from birth to age five.

1975

Hawkeye celebrates the opening of Bremer Hall.

1976

Dr. John E. Hawse becomes the college’s second president.

1978

Hawkeye celebrates the opening of Hawkeye Center.

1983

Grundy Hall is dedicated.

004-005 Virtual HospitalToday, Grundy Hall is home to the state-of-the-art Van Gerpen Patient Simulator Lab. Dedicated in 2012, this virtual hospital provides students in the college’s health programs with hands-on experience to deal with numerous real-world scenarios. The virtual hospital is outfitted with more than 18 patient simulators, replicating scenarios from birth through all stages of life. The manikins exhibit vital signs, clinical signs, and symptoms, controlled behind the scenes by computers running patient care scenarios. Patient care results are displayed on a bedside screen.

1985

Fayette Hall is dedicated.

Hawkeye’s Metro Center opens at 844 West 4th Street, Waterloo. Programs and services offered include Adult Basic Education, GED, ESL, Senior Companion programs, Independent Learning Center, and GRAD program with Waterloo Community School District.

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1991

Hawkeye receives approval to become a comprehensive community college with arts and sciences transfer programs.

Workforce Development, Region 7, becomes a part of Hawkeye.

1992

Dr. Phillip Barry becomes the college’s
third president.

1993

005-1993-Newspaper-ClippingThe Hawkeye Institute of Technology officially becomes Hawkeye Community College.

Enrollment increases by 66 percent.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center is dedicated at 515 Beech Street, Waterloo. Programs and services include GED, college courses, a summer program for grade school children, non-credit computer courses, and career workshops.

1995

Hawkeye leases land to the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, which features a variety of gardens and more than 450 trees. It serves as a living museum showcasing Iowa’s agricultural heritage.

1996

Dr. William Hierstein becomes the
college’s fourth president.

1999

005-Library PhotoHawkeye opens its Cedar Falls Center, offering business and industry training in addition to college credit courses.

Hawkeye dedicates a new Library, more than twice the size of the previous facility.

2001

Dr. Bettsey Barhorst becomes the
college’s fifth president.

2003

Hawkeye dedicates the Independence Center, which offers credit and non-credit courses and serves high school students in Jesup, Independence, and East Buchanan school districts taking college credit classes while still in high school.

2005

010-012-Program Listing-AGRICULTUREThe Hawkeye Foundation receives its largest single contribution, from the estates of William Fennemann and Edna Fennemann. The college dedicates the Fennemann Center on its farm, featuring classrooms, computer labs, and the farm office. With more than 400-acres, Hawkeye’s Farm Lab utilizes up-to-date technology, facilities, and equipment to provide students hands-on experiences in crop and livestock production and management.

Greg Schmitz becomes the college’s sixth president.

The Brobst Center for Teaching and Learning Services opens, named in honor of long time Hawkeye instructors and administrators, Dr. Dan and Carol Brobst.

2008

The student center on Main Campus is dedicated and named after Harold Brock.

2009

Hawkeye fall enrollment is a record 6,343.

2010

Hawkeye opens its Western Outreach Center near Holland, Iowa.

The center serves students from the Aplington-Parkersburg, Dike-New Hartford, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, and Grundy Center community school districts. During the 2014-2015 school year, 154 students enrolled in concurrent classes at the Center.

2011

004-005 CEO AwardHawkeye opens the Health Education and Services Center on Main Campus.

Dr. Linda Allen becomes Hawkeye’s seventh president.

In 2015, Dr. Allen received the National Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. Dr. Allen was recognized for her knowledge, innovative spirit, and servant leadership on the local, state, and national levels.

2012

005-Added Info PhotoHawkeye is the first community college in Iowa to use BodyViz, a 3D MRI visualization software that allows students to explore the human body through the use of a Xbox 360 controller.

Hawkeye dedicates the Regional Transportation Training Center, located at 6433 Hammond Ave, Waterloo.

004-005 RTTC001The Regional Transportation and Training Center includes a driving range with open driving area, 26-foot wide road, inclines, and left and right turns. The center also houses four virtual driving simulators, providing students with real-world driving scenarios from high winds to road obstructions, all in a risk-free environment. Training is offered in the Truck Driving and Transportation Training and Construction Equipment Operation programs, as well as in continuing education driving courses for school buses, motorcycles, truck driving, driver education, and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

2013

The Advanced Technology and Business Center is open on Main Campus.

2015

The Dislocated Worker Transition Center opens on Main Campus. Iowa Workforce Development, Hawkeye Community College, United Auto Workers Local 838, and John Deere partnered to implement a National Dislocated Worker Grant to assist 650 workers with obtaining new job skills and training.

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