Celebrating 50 Years of Fulfilling Our Mission to Serve the Community
Ask almost any of our students or graduates and they’ll tell you a pretty compelling story of how Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) changed their life. How a professor inspired them. How services, like tutoring and supplemental instruction were instrumental. How their plan to transfer core classes worked perfectly. How EICC was exactly what they needed it to be.
It’s been that way since we opened our doors as a formal district of community colleges 50 years ago. It’s our mission to educate, enrich and empower students. We believe in the transforming power of education for each of our students. We know education is the key to success for students and, in turn, our community.
Building on the rich history of Muscatine Community College (opened in 1928) and Clinton Community College (1946), Scott Community College and the Eastern Iowa Community College District came to be in 1966. Combined, our three colleges have touched the lives of literally tens of thousands of area residents.
Making Dreams a Reality
Statistics show that education is the route to a viable economic future.
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges are here to serve the community. We’re here to provide opportunities for students to reach their goals and to answer the needs of local businesses with an exceptionally qualified workforce.
How do we do that? We bring together advisory committees made up of area leaders who advise us on what they’re seeing in their businesses every day, what employees need to know to excel, and what the future holds for students to be competitive. We know what’s happening in the real world of business and industry by maintaining these connections. Thus, we use this information to create a better fit between skill sets and jobs.
Additionally, EICC partners with local high schools to promote early college success and pathways to higher education.
Building Partnerships with Innovation and Flexibility
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ ability to adapt to a changing work place has opened doors for local people to train for emerging industry. Training programs are put in place to excel products, programs and personal productivity in areas such as technology, critical thinking, teamwork, communication skills and overall workforce development. To meet the widest breadth of needs, EICC offers both degree-seeking training courses and skill building courses provided through our Continuing Education Division.
Community Benefit of Student Success
EICC students stay and work in our community, rebuilding the local economy one day and one job at a time. Their education enriches their lives and adds to the quality of the community.
It’s not just students who reap the benefits of EICC. Altogether, the average annual added income due to activities, employees, and students amounts to millions of dollars in the area economy. In addition, state and local governments see a rate of return on their support for EICC, primarily due to lower social program costs and reduced crime rates. Together this positively impacts our community and local economy.
Education is Key
EICC gives students permission to dream, and then prepares them to achieve those dreams. By helping students develop a taste for learning and by providing experiences that will lead to opportunities, we’re helping prepare the nurses, welders and scientists that this region needs. At EICC, we know education is the key to success.
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Our Eastern Iowa Communities:
We invite you to celebrate Eastern Iowa Community College’s fifty years of service to our communities spread across Eastern Iowa, from Clinton to Muscatine, Maquoketa to Columbus Junction, and all places in between.
Don Doucette, Chancellor
We actually have a complicated history. The Eastern Iowa Community College District was formed by the Iowa Legislature, effective January 1, 1966, and that is the date we celebrate. However, our district was formed by joining together Muscatine Junior College, founded in 1929, with Clinton Junior College, founded in 1946, and Davenport Area Technical School, which combined in 1979 with Palmer Junior College to become Scott Community College. Together, this family of colleges became the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges by passage of Senate File 550, which also established funding mechanisms and operational rules for Iowa’s 15 community colleges.
So, although we are celebrating 50 years, we have been providing high quality education and training and supporting the economic development and vitality of our communities for much longer.
While we enjoy looking back and celebrating our growth, development and success in the past, we enjoy even more the great things we are doing today, and the exciting prospects we have to look forward to in the future:
We look forward to breaking ground on the construction of the Scott Community College Urban Campus in Downtown Davenport this summer. We anticipate opening the 80,000 sq. ft. campus, built by renovating historic properties in the heart of downtown, in late 2017.
We look forward to the renovation of the Kahl Building in 2018 into market-rate apartments designed for students and young professionals, along with the renovation of the Capitol Theatre into a multi-purpose movie theater and venue.
We anticipate soon launching major renovation projects for our libraries at Clinton and Muscatine colleges.
We are in discussions to bring an international training program for virtual reality applications development to our Quad Cities campuses to match the newly launch Information Technology Programs in Infrastructure Management and Computer Programming.
We are expanding our economic development efforts as a major service provided to small and medium-size manufacturers through the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, and will soon launch a Digital Manufacturing Program.
We will continue our support of business development with Venture School in partnerships with the University of Iowa and our Small Business Development Center.
We continue to support environmental education with programming at the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Center for Energy and the Environment (ATEEC), and at the expanded Nahant Marsh and newly-acquired Bickelhaupt Arboretum.
All in all, there is so much to look forward to in the next 50 years that we barely have time to look back.
Nonetheless, at our core is our commitment to the success of our students, and to meeting the needs of our business and industry and communities. We know we will only be as successful as our students, and only as strong as the communities we serve.
We are your community colleges. We have been for more than 50 years, and we will be for 50 more. Come celebrate those who have come before us even as we plan more celebrations for the great things we do together.
With great optimism and enthusiasm,