Sheldon, Iowa — 2016 is the 50th anniversary year for Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. Nearly 300 people were on hand Wednesday for a luncheon ceremony honoring the college’s 50th anniversary.
Although NCC President, Dr. Alethea Stubbe, says it was just a coincidence, April 27th is an extremely important day in the college’s history.
Three big supporters of NCC, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds couldn’t be on hand for the celebration, but spoke to the crowd, nonetheless, via video.
Stubbe says the college has had 9 presidents in it’s 50-year history, and 3 of them shared comments with the crowd.
Dr. Drew Matonak, who served as NCC’s 7th President from 2002 to 2005, flew in from his home in New York to share recollections of his tenure at NCC. Dr. Bill Giddings, who now resides in Ames, was the 8th President of NCC, and shared some of his memories of the college. The program concluded with Dr. Stubbe, Ncc’s 9th President, speaking on “Fifty and Forward”, a look into the future of Northwest Iowa Community College.
Following the luncheon celebration, those in attendance were invited to tour the campus of NCC, and see how the college has changed over the years. Stubbe says the college continues to change, and they want everybody to be able to see THEIR community college.
Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon was established as Northwest Iowa Vocational School. In the 1980’s, Stubbe says the name changed to Northwest Iowa Technical College, finally becoming Northwest Iowa Community College in 1993.