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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...