Life.Changing. Times 04-24

Good news for IHCC’s Medical/Insurance Coding Program

Indian Hills’ Medical/Insurance Coding program has been approved by the Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) Council, through April of 2020. Sarah Cottington, Health Informatics Program Director, said the PCAP Council commended IHCC for its commitment to the development of an outstanding coding certificate program. IHCC’s Health Information Technology program has been accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education accredited for many years. Students in the coding program complete the first four terms of the HIT program. Cottington said holding our coding students to the same high standard of quality and excellence was evident in the PCAP application. There are currently 28 PCAP-approved coding programs in the nation. According to the PCAP-approved school directory, IHCC is the first PCAP-approved coding program located in Iowa.

Indian Hills sixth at Disc Golf Championships

The Indian Hills Disc Golf team has put together “back-to-back top-six finishes on the national stage, which coach Victor Streeby says only a handful of teams in the country can boast. The IHCC squad came in sixth in the recent National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships in North Augusta, Ga. Indian Hills, second in the national tourney last year, was led by Derrick Helling (Fort Madison), who finished seventh overall in singles and earned first-team All-American status after shooting 13-under par for his two singles rounds. The IHCC team also included Ryan Anderson (Ottumwa), a first-team All American in 2016; Colin Poe (Wapello); and Brock Dowell (Burlington), also a first-team All-American last year and the winner of this year’s Long Drive Competition. Ferris State from Michigan won the 2017 championship, finishing 98-under par for the four-day tourney, which combines both singles and doubles. “To put the level of competition in perspective,Ferris State’s score was 16 strokes better than last year’s winning team,” Streeby said. The IHCC coach said that Indian Hills’ ability to compete nationally as one of the few two-year schools against major four-year colleges and universities is a testament to the quality of the IHCC players. “While we wanted to finish higher than we did, especially entering the tournament ranked No. 1, we had a solid week and represented Indian Hills and our generous community of supporters extremely well,” Streeby said. The sixth-place finish means Indian Hills has an automatic bid into next year’s championship field, bypassing the need to qualify through one of the many national qualifying tournaments.


Busy time for IHCC Fine Arts students
Indian Hills Performing and Visual Arts venues will be busy during the first two weeks of May.

• The Annual IHCC Student Art Exhibit will debut on Monday, May 1, with an artists’ reception from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the art gallery. The exhibit will feature art works of all mediums that Ottumwa and Centerville campus students have created during the past academic year. The show will close on Thursday, May 11.

• Crop tops and bell bottoms is the theme for the Spring Pops Choral Concert on Sunday, May 7. The  concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. in St. John Auditorium. Under the direction of Dr. Janene Sheldon, the various groups will sing music of ‘70’s and the 2000’s. Admission is free.

• The Indian Hills Jazz Band, led by David Sharp, will host a ballroom swing dance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Hills Dining Room. Those in attendance will be able to dance the night away to classic ballroom, swing and poprock tunes. The evening will begin with free dance lessons at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

• There will be a Student Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in St. John Auditorium. Indian Hills music students will perform classic, pop and world music. Admission is free.


New employees at Indian Hills

A number of new employees have been hired recently at Indian Hills. 

Paul Barnes is a full-time Security Officer. He earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Indian Hills and had worked in the Centerville Police Department. Barnes previously served Indian Hills as an evening Security Officer and returns to that position. 

Dominic Murphy is a part-time Project Manager, Optical Measurement Technician. He has a Ph.D. in Optical Interferometry from WIT in Waterford, Ireland. 

Edrick Speer is working as a custodian. 

Brandt Smith is an adjunct Truck Driving Instructor. 

The Human Resources Department has also announced three changes in assignment. 

Jennifer Diorio has started her job as a Promise Jobs Training Facilitator at the Des Moines location. She had been working as an Administrative Assistant for Promise Jobs. 

Steve Allison will start his new role as Business Liaison with Continuing Education and Workforce Solutions on May 30. He currently is a Business Coordinator, Customized Learning.

Lori Reeves will begin her new duties as Coordinator, Continuing Education on May
30. She currently is the Department Chair of the Rural Health Education Partnership.


Foundation Auction this weekend

Final preparations are underway for the 40th Annual Indian Hills Foundation Scholarship Auction that will be held on Saturday, April 29, on the college’s North Campus. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for persons to begin shopping at the various booths, and the auction will begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be setting up for the auction and the booths beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28. Anyone who would like to help in this task is welcome.

You can still donate your treasures through Friday. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.


Indian Hills Nearing Post-Season Play

The spring sports season is heading into its final stages. The Indian Hills men’s golf team is competing at the District III Championship at the Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kan., Tuesday and Wednesday (April 25-26). The Warrior softball team will be traveling to Council Bluffs to compete in the Region XI Tournament this coming Friday-Sunday, April 28-30. In its first season of action, the IHCC sports shooting team is preparing for the SCTP Iowa College Conference State Championship that will be contested at the Stockdale Gun Club in Ackley on Saturday, April 29. The men’s and women’s track squads will be heading to Council Bluffs a week later for the two-day Region XI Championships on May 6-7. The baseball team will host the Region XI tourney on May 12.