|Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) Dave Carson, left, received
the Iowa Community Colleges Online Consortium (ICCOC) STARS
award at the recent ICCOC state conference. The award recognizes
outstanding service for online students. Carson serves as transitions
advisor at EICCS’ Muscatine Community College. Also nominated for
the award was EICC Online Student Advisor Tom Rathmann.
An Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) faculty member and a student advisor brought
home the top awards from this year’s Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC)
Beth Wood, math instructor at Clinton Community College, received the e11 Excellence in Online Instruction award, while Dave Carson, transition advisor at Muscatine Community College received the STARS award. Also nominated for the STARS awards was Tom Rathmann, EICC online student advisor.
ICCOC is a statewide consortium of community colleges who have partnered to provide online education for students not only in the state of Iowa, but from around the world.
The awards received by Wood and Carson are considered the highest achievement for the consortium. The e11 award is presented annually to the instructor who is viewed to be the best instructor in the state. The STARS award recognizes the top individual in student services areas who are "Striving To Achieve Retention and Success" for students.
Wood has been teaching online classes since the early days when EICC first began its online program. In addition to teaching online classes, she also serves as a mentor for other instructors assisting them in getting started and helping answer questions.
Carson works with both online students and MCC students who are enrolled in the college’s traditional classroom-based classes.
Several EICC instructors attended the state consortium where they received advanced training in teaching students online.
Thanks to the ICCOC consortium, EICC offers a full Associate in Arts Degree online. In addition, the college offers online programs in Health Information Management, Cancer Information Management, and Health, Safety and Environmental Science. The college also offers many short-term career and continuing education classes online.
For more information go to www.eicc.edu/online or call toll free 1-888-336-3907.