U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Establish Workforce Regional Training Center in Osceola, Iowa

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Establish Workforce Training Center in Osceola, Iowa
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to Clarke County Development Corporation, Osceola, Iowa, to support construction of a workforce training center in Osceola.

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Students and Industry Collaborate to Create Bike Repair Stations

Student fabricating bike repair station

(OSCEOLA, IA May, 2, 2022) Clarke Community Schools’ students use their skills to design and manufacture bicycle repair stations in Osceola, Iowa. The students of the Clarke Community High School welding class is working with local manufacturers to create bicycle repair stations on the different trails around

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You Just Can’t Ignore Osceola, Iowa

(OSCEOLA, IA – NOVEMBER 9, 2021) It’s well known that rural Iowa takes the brunt of many economic downturns. From business closures due to staff shortages to unpredictable battles like a pandemic, rural areas seem to suffer worse than their metro counterparts. Over the past decade, though,

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Clarke Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

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Clarke Community High School senior John Reynoldson has been named a National Merit semifinalist. Reynoldson, son of Robert and Elisabeth Reynoldson of Osceola, is one of the 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship

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Clarke Community Schools ‘We’re Back!’

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Students and staff at Clarke Schools are past the doldrums that come with the end of summer and are settling into a familiar routine. As a sense of normalcy descends, faculty and kids alike are back to being excited about what they’re doing and are looking forward

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Join Clarke Schools and Community Partners for Back to School Wellness Fair

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Clarke Schools will hold their 3rd annual Back to School Wellness Fair this Thursday, August 12, from 4-7pm in the Clarke Elementary Gym. This event is an opportunity for students and their families to learn about resources and services available, ranging from dental, vision, and hearing screenings

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Meet the City of Osceola’s Summer Intern & Future Trailblazer, Sophia Hicks.

Sophia Hicks Osceola Iowa City Hall Intern

Amidst ACT tests, summer volleyball, and work at The Junction Creamery, Clarke senior Sophia Hicks is gathering some practical experience this summer as the latest intern for the City of Osceola. Sophia and her family moved to Osceola when she was in the third grade. Over the

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Tough Decision-Making: Insights from the Clarke Schools’ Superintendent Hiring Process

Clarke school board hires new superintendent

In a recent announcement from the Clarke Community School Board, the decision was made to hire Dr. Alan Dykens, currently the Pre-K – 12 Principal at Lamoni Schools, as the new superintendent for the district. While many outside the halls of Clarke Community Schools were unaware of

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Lampe Announces Retirement After Long Career With Clarke Schools

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Brad Lampe, long-time Clarke High School Band Director who has performed as an Instructional Coach for the district for the past five years, will take retirement from Clarke Schools at the end of the 2020 – 21 school year. Coming to Clarke Schools in 1987 as the

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Clarke Schools Asking for Public Input in Selection of New Superintendent

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The Clarke Community School board is looking to the public for guidance and input regarding the selection of the next district Superintendent. The board of education has partnered with McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, Executive Recruitment and Development to assist in the important job of finding qualified superintendent

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2021 CCDC Director’s Award Focuses On Future Heroes

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Each year, the board of the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) awards a local business or organization the CCDC Director’s Award. This honor goes out to those who excel in their efforts to promote and sustain business and employment throughout Clarke County. Past winners include Hormel (Osceola

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Clarke Senior, Kennedy Bland, Shines at 2020-21 State & National Speech Contests

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According to studies, upwards of 75-78% of the population suffers from Glossophobia, the fear of speaking in public. But for Clarke Community Schools’ senior, Kennedy Bland, that’s where she truly finds her voice. Even in a season as challenging as 2020-21 has been, Bland walked through this

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Clarke Schools’ Superintendent Seid Opts for Retirement After 2020-21 School Year

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Clarke Schools will bid farewell to Steve Seid this summer as he steps down as superintendent and into retirement. Having served over his thirty-seven yeas as an educator, 31 as a school administrator, Seid held positions around central Iowa including Des Moines, Saydel and Keota. With a

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Teacher Leaders Shine In Spite Of Dark Pandemic Days

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(OSCEOLA, IA – Tuesday, JAN. 19, 2021) What can be said about the state’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) program? That it teams up mentors with new teachers to make them better educators quicker? Or that students’ academic deficiencies disappear faster? Or that it enables teachers to

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Clarke Industrial Tech Students Continue to Excel in Manufacturing Internships

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The Clarke Community Schools’ Industrial Technology program continues to help introduce talented Clarke students and local manufacturers, making life-changing opportunities for the students and community alike. Whether in the form of in-class, academic and curriculum advancement, or through finding the real-world experiences of internships and job shadowing,

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