High school students ‘Explore’ NIACC


MASON CITY, Iowa – North Iowa Area Community College held the Explore! 2016 event on Thursday for high school students to experience what it’s like to be in college.

There were more than 30 sessions for students to participate in across campus.

West Fork High School junior Zachary Rocheleau said he plans to study basic mechanics in college. He said being in the NIACC auto department gave him a little more knowledge on cars.

“Tires, engine changing, filters and changing bodies and all that and refurbishing them.”

Rocheleau said everything he learned at the event is thanks to NIACC students like Jordan Cantu who had the chance to be the instructors.

“It really gives us an opportunity to take matters into our own hands and use our knowledge our instructors gave us to teach them,” said Cantu.

St. Ansgar High School sophomore Maggi Steele said she wants to work as a music teacher or performer. She said she was excited to see what it’s like to sing with peers outside of high school.

“Experiencing singing at NIACC and not just like my high school choir because I think it will be a little different,” said Steele.



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