Success Stories

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…

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Jeanne Hammen

Describe your background briefly (where you grew up, interests growing up, hobbies, where you went to high school..etc.) I was born in Evansdale, Iowa and spent my school years from 5th grade on in Carroll, Iowa. I went to parochial schools there. I always loved to read and write. I also was into music. I…

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Cody Schmitz

High School Baxter High School graduate Received the “Director’s Scholarship” from MCC MCC 2014 MCC Graduate Graduated with Honors Student Ambassador Resident Assistant Success Center Tutor Participated in the ISU Partnership Iowa State University 2016 Graduate Graduate in the top 2% of his class B.S. in Finance Employed Financial Advisor at Lucasian Wealth Management, INC…

Joshua Benda

Joshua Benda

“After only two semesters here I can honestly say my experience is even better than I thought it would be! I would have to say my favorite thing about MCC is the instructors. Not only are they knowledgeable in their respective fields, they truly do take the time to get to know you as a person,…

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Kathleen McHenry

“MCC made the transition from high school to college a lot smoother. The smaller class sizes here are similar to high school, except it’s college-level courses. My advice to anyone considering college is to be open about different options. Some people have a negative outlook on ‘community college’ for some reason. But in reality, community…

Kolton Gonnerman

Kolton Gonnerman

“MCC has definitely shaped my work ethic. I’m a more mature individual now and am ready to take the next step in my education. I was worried about college-level courses when I first arrived here. But I’ve learned as long as you communicate with your instructors, put in the work, and ask for help when…

Kari Smith

Kari Smith

“MCC has helped me prepare for the next step, and the transition from high school to college. I love the atmosphere here. You’re treated like an adult, and it’s helped me continue on the path to adulthood. MCC has also helped improve my communication skills because class sizes are smaller and you can interact with…

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…

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