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Northeast Board Sees Firsthand What’s Happening in South Sioux City

Northeast Board Sees Firsthand What’s Happening in South Sioux City

SOUTH SIOU CITY, Neb. – Northeast Community College is doing some great things at its South Sioux City Extended Campus.

The Northeast Board of Governors had an opportunity to hear about the activities and learn more about the strengths, challenges and barriers that exist as the board conducted its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at Northeast’s largest extended campus.

While the college has routinely held meetings at its extended campuses in O’Neill, South Sioux City and West Point, it is now holding at least one meeting each year at each of the extended campus sites.

Prior to the meeting, Katherine Towler, director of the South Sioux City Extended Campus, shared some information about what has been happening and where the community would like it to go.

“We really feel like we champion student success here through different avenues,” Towler said. “Early College is a program we have where high school students can access college tuition for free through Northeast Community College.”

Other programs include Workforce Development, which includes providing ways to help growth in South Sioux City and the region, Building Partnerships through collaborations and community outreach, expanding Adult Education opportunities, including ESL classes, and Degree and Certificate completion.

A sampling of courses being offered in South Sioux City this fall cover such subjects as general biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, criminal justice, various math offerings, introduction to music, applied statistics, nurse aide, introduction to psychology, introduction to sociology, various welding classes, print reading and symbols, fabrication equipment and operations lab and more.

One of the best aspects of the South Sioux City campus is that it has enabled students to continue their education while working and not having to leave the region, Towler said.

Towler introduced Kristy Sandman, who is the associate director of the South Sioux City Extended Campus. Both Towler and Sandman have been in their positions for nearly a year.

While they are a new team, they can advise students and make sure that they are taking the right classes that will benefit them, Towler said.

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Leah Barrett (center), Northeast president, introduces members of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors ahead of a roundtable discussion with South Sioux City community leaders prior to the board meeting on Wednesday, June 12. (Northeast Community College)