Blackhawk Profiles

SCC touches the lives of thousands of people every year. 
Here are the stories of just some of them.

Students & Alumni

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Raegan Frazier | Respiratory Therapy

I first became a CNA and enjoyed working in the medical field. I wanted to go back to school but wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Then as I worked more and more with respiratory therapists, I realized that was for me. About a week before graduation, I found a job in my career field. It was a big step but I felt confident that I was ready to take it on. I never imagined that SCC would help me land my dream job so quickly and prepare me to hit the ground running.

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Tammy Reichelt | Director of Professional Development and Student Success Strategies, American Association of Community Colleges

Tammy Reichelt, SCC '99

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Erin Wagner | Mom, wife, college grad

I was very fortunate to have parents who said, "You've got some choices to make. You can have a hard two years or you can have a hard life. It's all about choices."

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Faculty & Staff

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Carl Snipes | SCC Chemistry Instructor

I started at a community college before earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi. I furthered my education at Ole Miss and earned my Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering which helped me land a job as a chemical engineer for the International Paper Company.

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Jodi Cook | SCC English and Drama Instructor

Before I started taking classes at SCC, I spent years working in retail. I knew I didn’t want to do that anymore and so I kept reaching for something to do. I decided to enroll at SCC, and when my English instructor asked me what I wanted to do after SCC and I told him that I wanted his job. Six years later, I got it.

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Tamika Miller | SCC alum, Nursing Faculty

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Jenny Steffensmeier | Owner, Steffensmeier Welding

When I took over my late husband's business I knew that we weren't being efficient and that we were losing money. We started working with SCC's Center for Business in 2014 to incorporate LEAN training and that has made a huge impact across the company. The LEAN program has taught us to be more efficient and save us time and money. SCC staff worked with us not only on the training but even funding so that we could afford the training. But honestly, the benefits far exceed the costs. LEAN is a journey that I'm glad we started and I really look forward to continuing.

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Josh Reid | Plant Manager, Winegard Company

As Winegard Company grew and we got more complex across departments, I knew there had to be a simpler way to run our business. That's when SCC's Center for Business became instrumental in our growth. I knew their instructors had lived a manufacturing life. We reduced our inventory by over half a million dollars, and through the knowledge I've gained from SCC, I've learned there's a better way to do business.

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Greg Smith | Principal, Fort Madison High School

From the time I went to SCC in 1985 to my job as principal, I know that SCC is a vital part of our community. SCC made a huge impact in my life back then and now it makes a huge impact in the lives of my students today.

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