District Blog: Partnership with ICCC Provides Student Opportunities
by Kevin Astor, FDSH Assistant Principal
Partnerships provide opportunities. Opportunities are how students find their passion and success. The partnership that FDSH has been able to establish with Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) over the past few years has been tremendous.
We have been able to coordinate having multiple ICCC classes taught right here on the Senior High campus. These classes range from core academic courses that will transfer to a four year institution to industrial technology and culinary arts courses. Forty-two ICCC classes are being offered at Senior High this fall. This allows our students the opportunity to earn free college credits right at the high school. Through our partnership, students from Saint Edmond, Webster City and Humboldt also come to Senior High to take these college courses.
In collaboration with ICCC and several area high schools we have established a Career Academy in Eagle Grove. The Career Academy gives our students access to courses that we would not otherwise be able to offer. The students can use these classes to transfer not only to Iowa Central but other colleges as well depending on the career pathway that they choose. There are currently five career pathways that the students can choose from at the Career Academy: Bio-process Technology, Business, Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology and the Teacher Academy. There is also a General Education Transfer program that allows students who are unsure what they want to major in take general education courses now. They also have the ability to obtain national credentialing where available and applicable, such as the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and OSHA 10.
Another opportunity our partnership with ICCC provides is the Career Fair. On October 22 our students, along with those from Saint Edmond, participated in this event coordinated by ICCC and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. Approximately 100 speakers from area businesses gave small group presentations on various career pathways. This provided students the opportunity to speak with people currently in the field(s) they are exploring as career options. We also had break out sessions on financial literacy, social media usage and engagement opportunities.
These partnerships that we have developed are invaluable to the students here at Fort Dodge Senior High. It provides them opportunities to complete college level work and the ability to network with people in the career pathways they are interested in pursuing. We are grateful for the relationship with ICCC and look forward to continuing our partnership to provide these outstanding opportunities to our kids.