Kelsey VenHorst
Great Summer!

Wow… It’s been a great summer.  I had so much fun getting to know the students and families who attended Eastern Iowa Community Colleges summer camps and events!  I hope you enjoyed the activities.  Let’s recap some of the fun!

Students learned a lot at the camps this summer. Camp themes ranged from Zombie Survival Camp, Wilderness Camp, and Culinary Camp to a College Connections Camp, where student participated in a bridge building competition.  It was exciting watching students work together to develop their ideas for the bridges. 


 Here is one of the bridges students made during the College Connections Camp at Muscatine Community College.

Recently, all three Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (Clinton, Muscatine and Scott) hosted a free outdoor movie night showing “Captain America 2, The Winter Soldier”.  Attendees received free pop and popcorn and the kids got to take home a Frisbee! The weather was perfect and we had a great turn out.  Can you spot yourself in the picture?


 Outdoor movie night at Scott Community College.

Along with other events, we had an Advanced Manufacturing Open House at the Blong Technology Center. Many people came to learn about our programs and tour the facility. Make sure you visit our website at  to view upcoming events!

I hope to see you all again soon and thanks for visiting us!

Kelsey VenHorst


I hope you all enjoy the summer break and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!  Like me, I’m sure your summer is busy and you have a lot of fun things planned.

Summer is a busy time, but I don’t forget about the summer classes you registered for! Summer classes can be intense with the shorter timeframe, so it is important that you stay focused.  I took summer classes in college and I’m really glad that I did.  Here are a couple things I did to make sure I was successful in my summer classes.

 I would wake up refreshed and study in the mornings. The temperature is typically cooler and I was able to get a lot done before the heat and events of the day took over.  Switch out the magazines you read by the pool for a textbook or go over flashcards and notes instead.  Sitting at a baseball game? Get out your flashcards and quickly flip through them between innings.  Try to find that balance between summer class and summer fun.  

Avoid procrastination! Time management is very important.  During the summer unfinished assignments will add up quick. Make a schedule and set aside specific time for class work.  You will have a better college experience and a better summer if you stay current in the class.

Hang out at the college after your class is done to study. If I went home right away after class I would get busy doing other things. So I started to hang out at Scott after my class to study.  There are a ton of great spots to study on campus. My personal favorite spot was in the Student Success Center and Cafeteria. Where is your favorite study spot on campus?

You may have to make a few sacrifices, but it is totally worth it in the end when you graduate! See you in the fall.



First, I would like to congratulate LaDrina Wilson on being the 2014 Young Professional of the Year winner! LaDrina is the Assistant Director of Enrollment and Customer Service at Scott Community College.  Congrats on this wonderful achievement!

Secondly, I would like to say congratulations to those students graduating! Graduation will be here in a couple weeks and your late nights of studying and hard work have paid off. I am excited to watch you all walk across the stage on graduation day. I wish you much success and good luck to you!

Here are some tips for success:

  • Keep setting and progressing towards your goals
  • Stay positive and be enthusiastic! Enthusiasm is contagious, you will inspire yourself and others
  • Surround yourself with a great support group. This group should be able to provide you advice, guidance, and keep you on track towards reaching your goals and being successful
  • Look for ways to build experience on your resume. This can be done through volunteering, odd jobs, extracurricular activities, clubs and projects
  • Do more of what makes you happy. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing make a change.

Please contact me at 563-441-4007 and let me know how I can assist you. - Kelsey VenHorst

Attention High School Seniors!

Have you found a creative way to ask that special person to prom or found the perfect dress and jewelry?  This can be a busy time for you with prom, graduation and college right around the corner.

Don’t worry because I am here to help!

Here is a checklist to make sure you have everything you need for prom.

- Dress, suit, shoes, jewelry, purse, wallet

- Hair, nails  and makeup professionally done

- Flowers, corsage and boutonniere

- Transportation

- Dinner Reservations

- Picture location before prom & tickets

Tip: I had long French tip nails put on for my prom. They looked good in pictures but were more annoying than anything else.  I remember having the hardest time texting, cutting my food and snagged them on my dress. If you aren’t used to long nails, keep them short and natural.

Don’t Forget!  During this busy time you should also be planning for college. There are important deadlines to know. Here is a helpful checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything for college.

- April 1st   -  Financial Aid deadline

- April 1st  -  Scholarship deadline

- April 8th  -  Advising Day

- April 14th - New Student registration begins

- Apply for college

- Send us your  transcripts

Tip: Complete as much as you can for college earlyto avoid the last minute rush that can be stressful and busy.  Stay organized and get signed up early for your New Student Orientation.

Simply make note of the checklists and you will be on your way to having a great prom and a successful transition to college.  I hope this helps you and have fun!!!   Kelsey VenHorst

It feels great to be back at Scott!

Attending Scott Community College was one of the best decisions I have made.  I am thrilled to be an Admissions Coordinator at the college.

As a student I chose Scott Community College because of the affordability, quality education and convenience. The instructors knew my name and were available to help me outside of the classroom. I also liked that I was able to get involved on campus with activities and events that were hosted. The flexible class schedule allowed me to work and go to school at the same time. Now as an employee, I have learned that the college has a lot more to offer.

There are over 50 career programs to choose from making the options students have after graduation endless. Anyone can be a college student at our campuses. There are many options whether students want to take online classes, transfer after receiving an Associate in Art Degree or enroll in our Continuing Education classes.

Scott has many resources available for their students.  There is free tutoring available in the Student Success Center.  Located one mile from the Belmont campus is student housing at The Villas.  Our library has a wide variety of books that can be checked out and our bookstores are partnered with Barnes & Noble, ensuring that students have access to any materials they may need for classes.  Students at Scott can also get discounts at area businesses when they show their student ID.  

Visit Scott Community College and see what we can offer you!  Please attend one of the Campus Visit Days or contact me to schedule a personal tour. I would love to meet you and discuss your college goals!    

Kelsey VenHorst Bio

Educational Background:
Associates Degree from Scott Community College and a Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University (QC) in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Why Community College?
The affordability, convenience, quality, class size and strong support system are just a few reasons why I chose Scott Community College. From my experience I can express that the dedicated faculty and staff truly care about the future and success of the students.

Best things about working with students:
When I meet with students I can feel their excitement and energy about attending college and I am happy to be apart of that.  I also find it rewarding to help students meet and exceed their academic goals.

Other information about me:
After graduating from Western Illinois University (QC) I worked as a Staffing Coordinator in Davenport. I helped people develop their skills, find employment and recruit for employers. I am proud to be a Scott Community College employee and to serve the students in the Quad Cities.

In my free time I love to cruise around on my bike (complete with a basket and bell), play volleyball and eat fresh vegetables from my garden. Happy Joes Pizza and Whiteys Ice Cream are some of my favorites.  I also enjoy being with my family and friends.