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eicc_good_newsAuto collision repair student places 3rd in Skills USA Competition

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Riley Pegorick, far right top row, SCC Auto Collision Repair Student, at the Skills USA award ceremony.

Riley Pegorick, a student in Scott Community College’s Auto Collision Repair program, showed off his flair when he placed 3rd in the Skills USA Competition in June in Louisville, Kentucky. During the competition, students work against the clock and against each other, proving their expertise in the knowledge, technology and artistry of their specific program area. In all, there were 32 state champions entered in the event. “It is a huge accomplishment to take third in such a rigorous contest,” explains Ed Valle, Coordinator of the SCC Auto Collision Repair program. The contestants had to complete many tasks including a welding test, structural analysis, plastic repair, metal straightening, estimating, a job interview, and two written exams. “We couldn’t be more proud of Riley. He was a great representative of our college and our program,” Ed added. “This was a really awesome achievement.”

Welding student outside the box

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Devon Ramirez (right) with Blong Technology Welding Instructor, Bruce Baldwin.

Devon Ramirez, a student in the Welding program at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Blong Technology Center, was looking for a unique project to put his welding skills to the test.  Another student and an empty barrel inspired him to try his hand at making a smoker. “I like smoked food so it seemed a good idea,” says Devon. “I bought the barrel, made a cradle to hold it, and used an old firebox my instructor (Bruce Baldwin) was going to scrap. With some support from Bruce, I made some modifications to all the pieces and ended up with the finished product. I had a lot of fun building it!”

Devon, a graduate of Davenport North High School, completed his welding diploma and a number of welding-related certificates as well. “I chose EICC for a lot of reasons,” he explains. “I knew I could afford it. I lived close so I could stay at home and not pay room and board. I really liked going into the lab and learning things I didn’t know how to do.” His future plans include working in the welding field.

“It’s a career I know I’ll enjoy. And I’ll miss going to school at EICC because
I had so much fun.”

Work begins on new urban campus of Scott Community College

urban-campus-long-view-v3forgoodnewsEastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) has a longstanding commitment to downtown Davenport. Our presence in a thriving downtown Davenport has been and remains a key part of who we are.

We are pleased to share that work is beginning to develop the north half of the West Third Street block between Main and Brady Streets into a new Scott Community College Urban Campus. A complete renovation of the First Midwest Band and First Federal Bank buildings will result in an attractive, purpose-built, full-service college campus in downtown Davenport. The facility will be able to house 1500 students and a full range of college services, including continuing education designed to meet the needs of area employers. For more information, visit eicc.edu/urbancampus

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