Success Stories Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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