General Information for High Schools and NICC
Rural Iowa needs high schools that work together to offer students the same opportunities that students in urban parts of the state enjoy. The Regional Acdemy for Math and Science (RAMS) is a concept that opens doors for many northeast Iowa students. The vision for RAMS includes a rigorous and relevant curriculum in the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). RAMS provides a challenging curriculum for high school and college students and serves as a summer regional center for gifted and talented programs. RAMS also partners with the regent universities to offer summer coursework for teachers.
Oelwein Community School District and NICC are in their fourth year of operation as a regional academy and we are very pleased with the progress. We continue to partner with Starmont, West Central, Wapsie Valley, and East Buchanan.
HIgh School Students are primarily involved in concurrent credit classes, which means a student can get high school credit while also getting college credit. This option is becoming very popular as the school pays for the college credit and students can earn several credits before they leave for their post secondary pursuits. The classes are primarily upper level math, science, and technology but there is a diverse array of general education classes as well.
Science and Math
One of the unique features of the RAMS center is the summer program for high school students. Highly popoular hands-on classes are offered for students in the areas of math and science.
Meetings held at RAMS include: AEA, OCSD staff and administrators, NICC staff, area HS principals and counselors, to name a few
Trainings – as arranged by Iowa Works for displaced workers
Trainings - for local industries including management skills, CPR/First Aid, and computer.
GED classes are held for area residents wishing to earn their GED. GED classes are held on Tuesdays from 2:00pm – 8:00pm
CNA – Open enrollment CNA (Certified Nurse’s Assistant) classes are offered at RAMS. Both adults and HS students participate in these classes.
HS Chemistry Hybrid
Iowa has long been known for hybrid corn. Today we are becoming known for our hybrid classes. A hybrid class combines traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning and gives students the benefits of learning both with an instructor in the room and learning online at their own pace and at a time that works for them.
High School students can now enroll in a hybrid Chemistry class at the RAMS center where they meet with instructor, Marcia Powell, for two class periods per week. The remaining three class periods per week are spent online. Individual student help is also a hybrid with Mrs. Powell available for face-to-face individual student help or online with Skype.