Blackhawk Profiles


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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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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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