Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Outstanding Alumni Nominations are now being accepted

Nominations are being accepted through April 1, 2014 for this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
This award was established in 2013 to recognize distinguished alumni who have attended Scott Community College. 

Nominees must have attended 5 years or more prior to their induction and must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Outstanding success in their career
  • Made a significant contribution to the community or society
  • Demonstrated significant accomplishments in business or professional life
  • Distinguished human service

Persons wishing to submit a name for consideration as a SCC Outstanding Alumni inductee must send a letter of nomination to:
Scott Community College Foundation
c/o Outstanding Alumni Award
500 Belmont Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

In the letter, please indicate how the nominee meets the criteria above and the reason why the individual should be considered.  Please provide the nominee’s current address, telephone number, and a brief biography or resume of the individual being nominated.  Nominations received will be added to the pool of nominees from previous years.  This year’s recipient will be honored on April 22, 2014, at the annual SCC Awards Banquet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Foundation Office at 563-441-4063.

Octavio Hegouet

Otavio Hegouet the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient
Learn more:  Outstanding Alumni Awards

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Upcoming PAVERS Opportunities

At Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, we are blessed to have so many dedicated faculty and staff who have paved the way for others.  To honor these retirees and past employees, the SCC Foundation created PAVERS.  The members of PAVERS have had several opportunities to get together to socialize and stay connected with the college.      

This year the SCC Foundation would like to invite all PAVERS to attend another complimentary cooking class:

100 Calorie Desserts
Monday, March 31st
1:00-4:00 p.m.
West Davenport Center Cooking Lab
Counter space is limited - so please call 563-441-4063 to reserve your spatula by March 21st.

In addition, if you worked at Scott Community College and you have retired, we have another reason for you to come back to campus.  The college would like to honor our retirees with a personalized I.D. badge.  Retirees can pick-up their badge free of charge at the SCC Library or on the 2nd Floor of the Kahl Campus.  This badge will entitle retirees to savings at area businesses. 


SCC Alumni in all 50 states

Where are they now? Currently, Scott Community College has more than 92,000 alumni living in all 50 states and 25% of the current Quad Cities population has attended Scott Community College. 
See for yourself
SCC Alumni 


Danielson Motor Company Scholarship

Scott Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the Danielson Motor Company Scholarship:

Josh BlakeJosh Blake

Auto Collision Repair Student
This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Chester (Chet) Danielson.  The Danielson family has a long-standing history in Fairfield, Iowa.  This scholarship was established to continue the family’s legacy and to help students in the Auto Technology, Diesel Technology and Auto Collision Repair Programs at Scott Community College achieve their dreams.    

Danielson Motor Company was a family business started in 1919 by Frank and Martha Danielson.  It was a family operation with Frank serving as CEO, Martha as the Bookkeeper, Chet as Sales Manager, and Uncle Chuck as the Service Manager.  When Frank passed away the business was turned over to Chet.  Chet served as the General Manager and finally CEO during his 49 years of service to Danielson Motor Company and he retired in 1995.  During those 49 years, Chet and the family-owned dealership were recognized by the local community, AAA motors and Chrysler for their outstanding service and commitment. 

Josh BlakeIf you would like to support this scholarship or learn more about how you too can establish a legacy scholarship, please call 563-441-4063. 


SCC Student honors current SCC Students, Alumni & Donors in her song

SCC student, Angela Meyer wrote and performed her song, “Because of You" in a video for the SCC Foundation.  The video was shown at the annual Foundation fundraiser to showcase the impact SCC has on our community.
Take a look:   Angela Meyer's Tribute Song


SCC Alum Returns to Iowa to Share his Wisdom 

On February 26thCASP (Central American Scholarship Program) alumnus, Jorge Chavez returned to the Belmont Campus to speak to the current international students about his experiences.  Jorge attended SCC from 1988-1990 to study Electronics Engineering Technology.  He returned to Costa Rica after graduation in 1990.  He has been employed for 21 years as a Technician at the Hydro Electric Plant, ICE (Instituto Cosarri Cense De Electricidad) in Costa Rica. While visiting in the Quad Cities he also spent time with his host family, the Schmit’s.  Marlys Schmit (pictured with Jorge), shared that while here Jorge is spending a day with each of her four children, who consider Jorge their brother.

Jorge Chavez with Susan Hess, Tatiana Ballentine and SEED students 2014 Marlys Schmit & Jorge Chavez
Jorge Chavez with Susan Hess, Tatiana Ballentine and SEED students 2014
Marlys Schmit & Jorge Chavez


It’s Time We Connect

Stay connected with Scott Community College and each other through Scott Community College’s public Facebook page.  In addition to all the important college events and activities listed, the Scott Community College Foundation posts valuable information about scholarships, alumni and fundraising activities.

If you have a Facebook account be sure to become friends with Scott Community College. 



There are many ways to get involved in Scott Community College from volunteering as a tutor to sponsoring a college event, being a guest speaker to donating in-kind equipment, or serving on an Advisory Council to sharing the story of Scott Community College with othersClick Here to Get INvolved Now


High Aspirations, High Expectations

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Strategic Priorities 

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) works to keep a constant focus on meeting the lifelong learning needs of area residents.  As part of this process, the colleges work to develop short and long range strategic priorities.  This past year, in addition to the many other factors and data considered, EICC also conducted a series of more than 20 community forums to gather information directly from community members, local business and current students on the future direction of the colleges. 

There were clear themes that emerged from all groups; chief among them, a desire across all participants for EICC to strive to be an organization that supports a culture of ‘high aspirations and high expectations’ for our staff, our students and our communities. 

  • Between now and 2015, EICC will deliver on its mission by focusing on the following priorities:
  • Increase the number of students earning postsecondary certificates and degrees that have value in the marketplace;
  • Prepare a skilled and educated workforce to support the economic development of our region;
  • Provide a high-quality, high-value, smart start for further higher education;
  • Deepen partnerships with K-12 schools to improve educational outcomes in our communities;
  • Continue to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness as a high-performing organization.

As part of our new plan, we’re also pleased to launch our updated college logo (see below) and our newly designed website at  Please visit there to learn more about the many ways EICC is impacting our students, area business, local K-12 schools, and economic development in our surrounding communities. 

To read a full copy of the EICC Strategic Plan, please visit


Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology

America is Back to Building and the Jobs are Coming 

Take a look at any classified section or online job posting these days and what do you see? 

Ads for skilled workers who are ready to manufacture and deliver quality goods.  Take a walk around almost any modern manufacturing facility and you’ll see a very different work environment; one that requires employees with a different set of skills.  And one that is growing again.  With good salaries. 

All of our career tech programs at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) – from welding to engineering technology – work with an advisory board made up of representatives from local companies.  That helps us develop programs and curriculum that allows our students to ‘match up’ with the qualifications those businesses want in employees.

EICC has a range of Advanced Manufacturing-based programs – like our NEW Engineering Technology program – available through all of our colleges.  EICC also offers short-term training options – with tuition assistance for those who qualify – in a number of similar areas.   With specific Advanced Manufacturing facilities located in Maquoketa, Muscatine and Davenport AND with programs offered in 8-week modules with varying start times and a combination of in-class, online and hands-on lab experiences, EICC could be a great fit for your employment future: 

  • Mechanical Design
  • Logistics
  • Engineering Technology (new!)
  • Renewable Energy
  • CNC / Machining
  • Welding

For more information, visit or call the college location closest to you to talk with a staff member about program options and available tuition assistance. 


It’s That Time of Year

High School Seniors Plan for College

As fall turns to spring and we enter a new year, college planning really heats up for area high school seniors.  Choosing a college involves many factors – it’s a big decision! 

Eastern Iowa Community College (EICC) can help.  In addition to on-campus visits to get a sense of college life, EICC also offers sessions where students can learn more about choosing a major, campus activities, paying for college and applying for scholarships. 

We encourage students (and their parents!) to join us for on-campus events.  They are a great way to acclimate to the college environment and see our facilities first-hand. 

For more information on planning for college, check out

- March 7 - Beginning at 9 a.m. – all three main campuses
- April 4 - Beginning at 9 a.m. - all three main campuses

Admissions Officers
Our admissions officers are happy to help new students make a successful transition to college.  They can assist with choosing a major, provide information on paying for college, steps for admission, and help students register for classes. 

Heather Evans, Clinton Community College
(563) 244-7007 

Ben Huntington, Muscatine Community College
(563) 288-6007

Kelsey King, Scott Community College
(563) 441-4007

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