Friday, March 30, 2007

Reconnecting With Top Quality Educators at Western Iowa Tech Community College

Wednesday morning, March 28th, brought us to the Sioux City campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College. Bursting through the doors to welcome me with open arms was Helen Lewis. Helen (pictured at left) is a Humanities instructor at WIT and the WIT rep on ISEA's Higher Education standing committee. Helen did an awesome job of notifying members to visit over coffee the first two hours of our day.

Penny Schempp (at right) is a Counselor at WIT. Penny shared with me her responsibilities include both personal and career counseling.

A welcome face to stop by was that of Donnin Custer. Donnin (at left) is vice president of the association and a member of the Negotiations team. I first met Donnin on my first visit to WIT two years ago and got to see him work his magic--standing before his Electronics classroom and leading instruction!

Also able to join us was Bea Houston. Bea is an instructor for Spanish. She shared her excitement for her upcoming trip to Spain this summer where she will complete work on another Master's degree.

Dr. Pat Simmons (at left) an adult Reading instructor for those with special challenges shared how every student is given a test to check for reading and math skill level as they enter WIT. Dr. Simmons heads the program for providing developmental education.

The final WIT HEEA member to stop by for conversation was president of the association Brian Smith. Brian (seated at right) is an instructor for Cyber Crime Investigations. Isn't it exciting to know that our Iowa Community Colleges continue to provide the most up-to-date curriculum to meet the needs of Iowans?!

Thanks Team ISEA leaders at Western Iowa Tech Community College for your continued leadership in the classroom and in the association!

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