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Education Briefs: Feb. 13, 2010

Fairmont wins Trojan speech tourney

WORTHINGTON -- Twenty area schools attended the Worthington Trojan Speech Tournament Feb. 6 at Worthington High School. Fairmont placed first, St. Peter placed second, and Farmington placed third.

The following members of the Worthington Trojan Speech Team also placed in their individual categories: Daniel Anderson, second place in Creative Expression; Ashly Kingery, sixth place in Humor and third place in Informative; Jeremy Clark, first place in Extemporaneous Speaking; Sameera Nalla, first place in Original Oratory; Erin Pomranke, fifth place in prose; Jacki Martin, first place in Storytelling; Isaac Waas, third place in Storytelling.

Scholarship apps available

WORTHINGTON -- Applications for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota's Elam Baer and Janis Clay Educational Scholarship are now available for students with epilepsy or seizure disorder.

Applications are due April 1. For more information, call Stephanie at1-800 779-0777 Ext. 2312; e-mail Application forms are available online at

Adminstrators present at conference

WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College administrators President Richard Shrubb, Provost Diane Graber and Vice President of Instruction Jeff Williamson recently presented "A Moment of Epiphany" at the 2010 Student Affairs/ Diversity and Multiculturalism Conference in Minneapolis for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Systems.

The presentation addressed the multiple cultures and innovative strategies used to provide access and student successes at Minnesota West.

MW to host nursing public meeting

WORTHINGTON -- The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) will conduct a site visit at Minnesota West Community and Technical College on Feb. 22- 25. Minnesota West is seeking NLNAC accreditation for its associate degree nursing program.

The accrediting commission site team invites area health care professionals and the public to a meeting at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 in the theater of the Fine Arts Building on the Worthington campus of Minnesota West, 1450 Collegeway.

MW course catalog online only

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Community & Technical College Customized Training Services winter/spring 2010 course catalog is only available online at

Individual class brochures will still be mailed out.

MW Jackson BPA raffles computer

JACKSON -- Business Professionals of America (BPA) members who are students at Minnesota West Technical and Community College, Jackson, hosted a live raffle drawing on Jan. 28 to raise funds for their chapter.

First prize was a computer, which was custom-built by the Jackson campus students in the computer careers department. Studentcrafted an ideal computer system that included six gigabytes of RAM, a 500 gigabyte hard drive, Windows 7 operating system, wireless keyboard and speakers.

Students involved in building were Anthony Thiessen, Jeremy Orlikowski, Micah Hopper, Mike Schowalter, Gary Goodwin, Chris Cain, Earl Page, Ron Jensen and Rob Pohlman.

The winner of the computer was Tammy Ling, Worthington.

The raffle proceeds will help defray expenses at the BPA State Leadership Conference in Alexandria in late February.

NCC donates $1,500 for Haitian relief

SHELDON, Iowa -- Bob Kirschbaum, Public Relations and Development Specialist from the local Red Cross Chapter, visited Northwest Iowa Community College recently to accept a check for $1,500 for the Help Haiti fund.

NCC's Student Government Association (SGA) challenged NCC's campus community to raise $750 in donations. Because that goal was met, SGA matched the $750 to bring the total to $1,500 for Red Cross Haitian Relief.

NCC sees recordbreaking enrollment

SHELDON, Iowa -- Northwest Iowa Community College has enrolled 1,588 students this spring, about a 24 percent increase over last year's spring enrollment of 1,279.

The college's new programs include photography, biotechnology lab technician program and the high voltage grid technician. There have also been increased enrollments in long-standing programs such as electrical and nursing programs.

Worthington man to perform in opera

WAVERLY, Iowa-- Kyle Fleming, Worthington, will play Superintendent Budd in the Wartburg College Opera Workshop performance of "Albert Herring," a comic opera by Benjamin Britten.

Fleming is the son of Kevin and Pamela Fleming of Worthington.