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Lydia Arevalo

Lydia Arevalo

Straight out of high school, Lydia Arevalo was a self-described “shy girl who didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life.” She enrolled at Marshalltown Community College thinking she’d major in Pre-Medicine, but a D- in her first biology class led her to reconsider. She took a psychology class with Dr. Robert Moore…

Vicki McKenna

Vicki McKenna, RN

The International Nurses Association has announced that MCC alum Vicki McKenna, RN, will be featured in a Spring 2017 issue of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Vicki earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from MCC in 1990 and is currently a Staff Nurse and Wound Nurse at Mayflower Homes in Grinnell. Vicki started serving patients at…

Amber Danielson

Amber (Illum) Danielson

A 2009 graduate of Marshalltown Community College and 2011 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Amber (Illum) Danielson is now the Executive Director of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in International Business. Amber said she never really thought about working for a…

Cody Schmitz

Cody Schmitz

Cody is a graduate of Baxter High School, and he received a Director’s Scholarship to attend Marshalltown Community College, graduating with honors from MCC in 2014. As an MCC student, Cody was a Student Ambassador, a Resident Assistant, a Success Center tutor, and participated in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University. He transferred…

Felicia Hoerner Success Story

Felicia Hoerner

Marshalltown Community College Honors graduate Felicia Hoerner was selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Felicia was one of only 90 scholars selected in 2015 to receive the award, out of 2,061 applicants. The scholarship is for up to $40,000 per year and is intended to cover a significant share of the…

Paralegal Graduate Christie Jack

Christie Jack

Christie Jack of Grinnell had a full-time job, a husband, two athletic children, and a household to care for when she enrolled full-time in Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell in January 2011. She already had an Associates Degree in education but the Paralegal program sparked an interest in continuing her education. The Iowa Valley class…