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Vickie Lock brings 20 years of experience in higher education to her role as a coach for Achieving the Dream. She has served as the core team lead for a Leah Meyer Austin Award–winning college, as associate dean in academics, as dean in student services and as grant writer and project manager. She began her work in higher education as an instructor for the University of Iowa. These roles have helped her to see the student expereince from a holistic perspective.

Vickie has completed leadership training from the Chair Academy, led local, state, and national grant projects, presented at multiple conferences, and led workshops on a variety of student success topics.

M.A. (American Studies); B.A. | University of Iowa

Past Experience
Dean of Student Success | Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)

Associate Dean, General Studies | NWTC

Dream Core Team Lead | NWTC

Grants Manager | Mid-State Technical College

Instructor, American Studies and Rhetoric | University of Iowa

How has education changed your life/your family?

I was a first-generation college student at the University of Iowa and the first in my family to graduate with a degree. Higher education (as a student and employee) has shaped my views of the world, helped me to achieve a solid career, and instilled in me a love of learning. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures, meeting new people, and hearing their life stories.

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