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John Lawless and Pam Westendorf

ECC nursing student has chance encounter with scholarship donor

Evelyn Oppold Lawless’ life was coming to a close, and Pam Westendorf’s was just beginning when the two women met in a chance encounter this fall. Evelyn, a 99-year-old farm wife who’d raised five children and found her passion in nursing, was admitted to Hansen Family Hospital on Nov. 10. She was weak, and was…

Dr. Martin Reimer, Kelbey Barbadillo and Joerg Rochlitzer

Barbadillo picked for European Union internship

Kelbey Barbadillo of Salt Lake City, UT, is the fourth Ellsworth Community College student to be selected for an eight-week summer internship in Brussells, Belgium, with Dr. Peter Jahr of the European Union. This week she’ll fly from Iowa to Brussells, returning to the U.S. in mid-July. “I have never been overseas, so I cannot…

Germany exchange program

Two more Ellsworth students heading to Germany

Ellsworth Community College sophomore Thomas Newhall of Dumont and freshman Blane Bark of Nashua have started preparing for the experience of a lifetime … they leave March 20 for two-month agricultural work/study experiences in Germany! Newhall and Bark were notified last month that they are the second-year recipients of Todd Welden Memorial Scholarships, which are…

ECC Students at Iowa Legislature

Provost, students visit Iowa Legislature

Representatives from the Ellsworth Community College Student Senate accompanied ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer to the IACCT 28th Annual Student Legislative Seminar in Des Moines last week. ECC Student Senate representatives included Kelbey Barbadillo, Terry Martin, Marcus Thompson and Carlin Whelpley. The four ECC senators were among 250 students from the 15 Iowa community colleges…


Staff & students celebrate MLK Day of Caring

Lots of Ellsworth Community College faculty, staff members and students took part in five different volunteer opportunities in celebration of the MLK Day of Caring on Monday, Jan. 18. The projects, organized by Maurie Tomke, ECC Coordinator of Student Engagement, included setting up for Iowa Falls Winterfest at the Boat Club (cancelled due to extreme…

Nursing students sort desserts

ECC Nursing students volunteer at Bethel Mission

ECC Nursing instructor Monica Warburton took her Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students to volunteer at Hope Ministries’ Bethel Mission homeless shelter in Des Moines earlier this month. In two short hours the ECC students sorted 600 bread donations, sorted and stacked 500 desserts, shelved 67 crates of food, and helped serve 157 meals in the…

Kendra Pintar at Royal Vista Southwest

Kendra Pintar transitions internship into dream job

Ellsworth Community College graduate Kendra Pintar of Hoffman Estates, IL, made a U-turn in her career plans a couple of years ago … at age 22 she quit her job as a hairstylist, enrolled at ECC, and “moved to Iowa to play with horses.” She landed a dream internship with Royal Vista Southwest in Purcell,…

Jacqueline Kenyon

Jaccie Kenyon named to Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team

Ellsworth Community College sophomore Jaccie Kenyon of Alden is one of 18 students named to the fifth Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team (CAT). Kenyon, an ECC Agriculture major, is the daughter of Herb and Jacqueline Kenyon. She is a 2015 graduate of Iowa Falls-Alden High School. The Iowa Corn CAT is sponsored by the Iowa…

Brian Klein

Brian Klein was “driven” to attend Ellsworth

“It’s a funny story how I ended up at Ellsworth Community College,” says Brian Klein of Sanborn, Iowa. “I was looking for a college with a GPS (global positioning system) program so I googled ‘GPS College’ and Ellsworth was toward the top of the list. I looked into ECC and some other colleges, but ECC’s…

Dr. Martin Reimer

ECC students dive into fall activities

By Dr. Martin Reimer There is a lot to be excited about this fall at Ellsworth Community College! Academically and athletically our students have been hard at work both on- and off-campus. Here’s what’s been happening: On Sept. 11, 13 of our Equine students and two faculty members traveled to the World Conformation Halter Association…

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All-Iowa Academic Team-ECC

Two ECC students named to All-Iowa Academic Team