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SCC hosts college fair Oct. 8 at WB campus

September 24, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WEST BURLINGTON – Southeastern Community College will host College Representative Day on Tuesday, October 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Loren Walker Arena on the West Burlington Campus. Area high school juniors, seniors, and [Read More…]

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Central Lee to get $12.9M facility upgrade

September 10, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR DONNELLSON – Central Lee voters bucked a local trend of voting down school bond referendums and have passed a referendum to spend $12.9 million to upgrade facilities at the campus just [Read More…]

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Central Lee bond absentees now available

August 10, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article LEE COUNTY – Denise Fraise, Lee County Auditor, announces that absentee ballots for the Special Central Lee Community School District Bond Election to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 are now available [Read More…]

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FMCSD gets “clicking” with computer science initiative

July 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

District using $50K award to rollout new K-12 computer science initiative BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A focus on a district-wide computer science learning model is underway at Fort Madison schools after Richardson [Read More…]

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HTC transitions to new leadership structure

July 18, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – “This is the greatest show.” The affable HTC Elementary Principal Michael Sheerin compares Holy Trinity Catholic’s transition to split leadership at the HTC High School and brand-new elementary [Read More…]

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Holy Trinity releases final honor rolls

July 16, 2019 Kelsey Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Schools has announced its fourth quarter and second semester honor roll for the 2018-2019 school year. Pen City Current joins our advertisers and readers in congratulating these students on [Read More…]

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SCC officials could have FM facility news this year

July 10, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The president of Southeastern Community College told a group of Fort Madison business and economic development leaders today that the community college could be making an announcement on [Read More…]

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Students get glances at possible careers

March 13, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR WEST BURLINGTON – Holy Trinity eight graders were part of a Lee County career exploration day at SCC on Wednesday morning. As part of a three-day Career Exploration sponsored by Greater [Read More…]

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SCC scholarship deadline approaches

February 24, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

 WEST BURLINGTON – The Southeastern Community College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for students who plan to attend SCC in the fall of 2019. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m., March 1. The Foundation [Read More…]

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HTC announces first semester Honor Roll

February 16, 2019 Lee Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Schools has announced its first semester Honor Roll for the 2018-2019 school year. Pen City Current joins our family of advertising partners in congratulating these students for their academic [Read More…]

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FMHS to celebrate career, technical education efforts

February 9, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – National data shows that students taking career and technical education courses in high school are faring better in earnings and career readiness that those who excel academically, but [Read More…]

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STEMFest returns to SCC on Feb. 23

February 7, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WEST BURLINGTON – The sixth annual Southeast Iowa Regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Festival (STEMFest) will take place at SCC’s West Burlington campus on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event [Read More…]

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FMCSD associates hit new quality benchmark

February 1, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With Fort Madison school teachers embarking on all kinds of personal development programming including guiding coalitions and teacher leadership groups, the associates that support teaching activities are being [Read More…]

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Balbort to host FMCH health education seminar

January 4, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) will host the second session in their new monthly health education series in January. The second session entitled “Stop the Scratching” will take place on [Read More…]

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FM schools rank above state watch list

December 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A freshly released report that identifies state school districts’ performances against federal benchmarks has given Fort Madison School District something to celebrate this holiday season. According to [Read More…]

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Alliant accepting STEM Scholarship applications

December 9, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – Alliant Energy is now accepting applications through Feb. 15 for the company’s Alliant Energy Innovations Scholarships in Iowa and Wisconsin. Apply by February 15, 2019, for one of 25 $1,000 Alliant [Read More…]

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HTC inducts 17 into National Honor Society

November 1, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic hosted an induction ceremony for the newest members of National Honor Society on Wednesday. The students newly inducted include: Taylor Boeding, Connor Holvoet, Yulu Zhang (honorary), [Read More…]

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Test Kitchen growth comes from programming

September 4, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Rolling over four years of helping local students with specialized studies and exposing them to culinary arts, the Elliott Test Kitchen is seeing growth beyond founder Kumar [Read More…]

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McKay takes over as Richardson principal

June 19, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Fort Madison will have a familiar face leading one of its elementary programs in the fall. At Monday’s regular meeting of the Fort Madison Community School District’s [Read More…]

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HTC year end honor rolls

June 18, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON –  The following is the 4th quarter and second semester honor rolls submitted by the Holy Trinity Catholic school system. Pen City Current congratulates all the students on their academic success this past [Read More…]

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HTC 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls

April 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic schools released the 3rd quarter honor rolls this week. Pen City Current congratulates all the students below on their academic achievements. 3rd Quarter Honor Roll 2017-2018 [Read More…]

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FMMS releases 3rd quarter honor rolls

April 9, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

The following is the 3rd quarter honor rolls for the Fort Madison Middle School. The Pen City Current congratulates all these students for their academic achievements. Middle School Honor Roll – 2017-2018 Q3 Principal’s Scholar: [Read More…]

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Area science kids take over Westland Mall

March 1, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR WEST BURLINGTON – More than 183 students took over Westland Mall on Thursday morning as part of the 38th annual Southeast Iowa Superconference Science Fair. Junior and senior high students [Read More…]

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HTC qualifies nine for state speech

February 26, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – The Holy Trinity Speech team delivered stellar performances at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s District Contest on Saturday at Tri-County High School, earning nine “Superior” ratings along with [Read More…]

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Grassley talks agriculture, business, and guns at town hall

February 23, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR PILOT GROVE – As part of his annual 99-county tour, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) stopped in Pilot Grove at Steffesmeier Welding & Manufacturing Thursday afternoon to meet with about [Read More…]

Lee County News

New state funding cuts look better for Lee County

February 22, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR DES MOINES – With a new budget de-appropration bill passed out of the senate, a threat to Lee County’s courthouses has been drastically reduced. The Iowa Senate passed Senate File [Read More…]

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Central Lee wants to bond for facility, security upgrades

February 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR DONNELLSON – Central Lee school officials will be holding community meetings starting this week to talk about a $9.8 million referendum to update district facilities. Projected improvements in the district [Read More…]

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FMCH announces scholarship opportunities

January 6, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Community Hospital Auxiliary and the FMCH Foundation have announced two scholarship opportunities The FMCH Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the Health Career scholarship sponsored by [Read More…]

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FM preschools still have open seats

October 24, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Fort Madison school officials are trying to figure out what is leading to the reduced enrollment in the district’s free 4-year-old preschool program. According to Kim Harmon, [Read More…]

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Governor outlines Future Ready Iowa plans

October 17, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced new Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations Tuesday. The recommendations are a major step forward in achieving the Reynolds/Gregg administration’s No. 1 goal: 70 [Read More…]

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Students get techish at Test Kitchen

October 17, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – About 12 Fort Madison middle school students partnered with students from the high school to work up some robotic technology and programming…and then had some Cuban sandwiches. [Read More…]

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Concannon Industrial tech scholarship deadline Oct. 1

September 18, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF WEST BURLINGTON – The SCC Foundation is seeking applications for one of its newest scholarships, the James Concannon Industrial Maintenance Scholarship. This $1000 scholarship is open to students enrolled or intending to [Read More…]

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Workforce specialist encourages skills/education mashup

May 23, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A nationally recognized education and workforce specialist spoke to about 130 business and education representatives on a different approach to preparing our students for careers. Dr. Kevin [Read More…]

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