TCC Magazine

Answering the Call

April 20, 2020 | Johnna Kerres

From Business Owner to Medical Student Very few of us know what our true calling is when we’re 18-years-old and tasked with choosing a path. For those who miss the mark, or who don’t figure out their passion until later in life, starting a new career isn’t often an option. Tyler Gibson didn’t always know…

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Lifting Up Families

April 20, 2020 | alaneastern

Training opportunity changes life Miguel Salcedo has a special spark. And no, it’s not from his welding torch. It’s something from deep inside, a flame ignited after an opportunity from Muscatine Community College (MCC) forever changed his life. Just a few short years ago, Salcedo was barely getting by. The father of eight boys, ranging…

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The Art of Healing

April 20, 2020 | Johnna Kerres

Scott Community College alumnus turns passion into purpose On any given day, Kenneth Cunningham can most likely be found with a paintbrush in hand blasting music in his art studio, his cat observing the paint strokes from a table, or even perched on his shoulder, while his dog lays happily at his feet. The scene…

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Planting for Progress

April 20, 2020 | Johnna Kerres

Julia Dieckman is in the business of growing. As a Muscatine Community College Agriculture Instructor, she’s well versed in the science behind nurturing both crops and student potential. This skill recently served her especially well as she shared her knowledge and expertise with dozens of farmers. The main difference in this environment compared to a…

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Watch Me Fly TCC

January 23, 2020 | Johnna Kerres

SCC student, faculty member and local musician make an impact through music Music has a way of expressing how we feel in a way words alone simply cannot. And, when cranked up loud for all to hear, it has the power to amplify – both literally and figuratively. A single lyric or melody can catch…

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Why Not? Life becomes simple question

November 4, 2019 | Johnna Kerres

Life gives us limitations, whether they are physical or situational. Then, there are limitations we put upon ourselves, you know the ones…our own feelings of self-doubt or insecurity. In those instances, changing your mindset from self-doubt to self-belief can be a long, hard road. As recent Muscatine Community College (MCC) graduate Deana Dawson can attest,…

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Job Driven Training

November 4, 2019 | Johnna Kerres

Preparing Apprentices for the Future Here at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, helping students achieve their dreams is what we do. If you’ve read this magazine before, you’ve seen countless stories about students realizing their potential or landing their ideal job. What may come as a surprise are the many ways in which we help students…

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Timeless Tavern

June 26, 2019 | Johnna Kerres

Since the beginning of our society, few things have remained the same. The way we talk, dress, travel and work all look drastically different than they did 100 years ago. But there is one thing that has been a mainstay and it comes in the form of an open room with a tall countertop, serving…

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Building Community, One Small Business at a Time

June 26, 2019 | Johnna Kerres

Joel Youngs is a man always on the go. As the Regional Director of the Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SBDC’s National Conference and Education Chair, and a Venture School Instructor, he spends the majority of his time counseling small business owners. Roughly 350 a year to be exact. In fact, he was…

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Addy Awards

June 24, 2019 | Johnna Kerres

You can’t blame students from Clinton Community College’s (CCC) Graphic Arts Technology program for feeling as if they were on the red carpets of Hollywood as they attended the annual American Advertising Awards gala in Cedar Rapids this spring.

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