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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Ashley Crutchfield | Medical Assistant

When I was younger I didn't ever see myself going to college. Then when I had my children, I realized I wanted them to have a better life. I knew that college is what I needed to do. SCC was the choice for me. Once I graduated, I immediately found a job as a medical assistant. SCC was everything I imagined it to be and a little more.

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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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Sean Eno | SCC Drafting Technology Student

I went to University of Northern Iowa and earned my Bachelor's degree in Graphic Communication with a minor in Electronic Engineering. After graduation, I wasn't enjoying my career in graphic communication so I took some time to figure out what I wanted to study. I began taking drafting technology classes at SCC and discovered my passion for architectural drafting

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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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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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Jeffy 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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Lois Roth | Business & Accounting Instructor, Danville High School

Our high school works a lot with SCC faculty and staff, and so we see first-hand the positive impact SCC has on our students and graduates. If you have a goal to work in a career that requires less than a four-year degree, why would you want to go to school for at least two more years, spending tens of thousands of dollars more for something you don’t need? If you have the option to attend a college of equal value and quality – and SCC certainly fits that bill – there’s no reason to not choose the less expensive option.

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