|Dan Nietzel, Fighting Chance Solutions President|
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Four Muscatine Community College (MCC) alumni and current Muscatine middle school educators are working to make schools
a safer place.
The four, Dan Nietzel, Edwin Colón Jr., John Lawrence and Mike Morgan, along with a fifth partner, Jame Hayes, have developed a product titled The Sleeve which can securely lock classroom doors from the inside in the event of an active shooter scenario.
The Sleeve was officially introduced to the public during a June 10 press conference at MCC. Nietzel, Colón, Lawrence and Morgan are all MCC graduates while Hayes is a Southeastern (IA) Community College alumnus.
The Sleeve is a simple but effective device that slides over the closing mechanism located at the top of many classroom doors, as well as doors in other public buildings. (That large v-shaped mechanism that keeps doors from slamming shut.) Produced in Muscatine it is laser-cut from solid 12 gauge carbon steel, weighs just 2.11 pounds and has been tested by engineers at Carver Pump to withstand more than 550 foot-pounds of pressure.
In an emergency, anyone in the room can easily slide The Sleeve over the arms of the mechanism, restricting the door from opening and, in turn, sealing the door shut.
Following Tuesday’s press conference the team hopes to begin sales of the product throughout the United States. Their website is www.fightingchancesolutions.com
After graduating from MCC, one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, all four of the partners furthered their educations at four-year colleges and universities before eventually returning to Muscatine.
Nietzel has served as a classroom teacher for six years. After graduating from MCC, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree from Saint Xavier University.
Colón has served as a middle school counselor for 10 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cameron University and his master’s from Western Illinois University.
Lawrence has served as a classroom teacher and secondary administration for 25 years. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of Iowa.
Morgan, has served as a classroom teacher, athletic director and secondary administration for 21 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa Wesleyan College and his master’s degree from Drake University.
Hayes, the graduated from Southeastern Community College, has served as a K-12 art instructor for 16 years. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa.