EICC Success Stories

Inspiring stories from our community.

Turning Dreams into Reality: Pedro Gomez's EICC Success Story

January 22, 2024

Struggles in life are real, but when you couple a dream, hard work, education, and a never-ending stream of inspiration, a new path appears, as it did for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ (EICC) graduate Pedro Gomez ‘06.

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Breaking Barriers: Jennifer Solis Takes a Giant Leap Towards Her Legal Career

September 1, 2023 | Dawn Neuses

Jennifer Solis is one step – really, two years – closer to a degree in criminal justice and her future career as an immigration attorney.

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From Cancer Diagnoses to Commencement: Briana Hesse's Resilient EICC Graduation Story

August 18, 2023 | Dawn Neuses

Briana Hesse knows the vital role support and encouragement play when striving to reach a goal. And she got lots of it, at home and at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC).

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Rekindling Learning: Crystal Forest's Vet Tech Degree Pursuit at EICC

August 18, 2023 | Dawn Neuses

There’s always more you can learn and do, even if it’s in a field in which you already hold some expertise. The desire to do just that is what spurred Crystal Forest to return to the classroom after 20 years and earn a third college degree.

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Turning Passions into a Degree: Gunter Schlueter's Success Story from EICC's Graphic Arts Program

August 18, 2023 | Dawn Neuses

Gunter Schlueter found more than a path to a degree at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC), he found so many opportunities to excel.

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A Father's Motivation: Ronald Epping's Pursuit of a Culinary Arts Degree

August 18, 2023 | Dawn Neuses

Words sparked action, and what followed for Ronald Epping was a great achievement and a great example for his children.

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Seizing opportunities leads to many rewards for first-generation MCC graduate

August 10, 2023 | Dawn Neuses

Fernando Carrillo is an expert at embracing new opportunities and the unexpected rewards that follow.

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EICC Empowers Grad to Think Globally

March 8, 2023 | Nicole Eastern

TRIO is a nearly 60-year-old set of federal programs designed to help America’s low-income and first-generation college students gain access to and complete their higher education.

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Woman in Charge

March 17, 2022 | Griffin Wagner

EICC graduate finds success in Supply Chain program Karen Bell is a busy woman. As a manager for Promotion Fulfillment Center, a local product fulfillment and promotional services company, she’s on the go 24/7. “We’re a third party center,” she said. “Clients send their inventory and we ship it out. We work with leading brands…

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Ready to Rock

March 17, 2022 | Griffin Wagner

Metallica’s All Within My Hands grant is music to students’ ears Yes, you read that right. The Metallica. The Metallica that has sold over 125 million album copies worldwide. The Metallica that has received nine Grammy Awards. The Metallica that has over 17.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Add yet another thing to that list…

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