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Rick Michaelsen

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101 ACT Drive

Iowa City, Iowa 52243

United States

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ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is the nation's leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessmen ... more

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Nebraska ACT State Organization


General Advisor
Mid-Plains Community College

Student Advisor
McCook Community College

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Rick Michaelsen, Student Advisor, McCook Community College

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Rick Michaelsen, after 45 years in education, announced his retirement Friday after spending the past 23 years as a student advisor at McCook Community College.

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Rick Michaelsen's career as an educator has been like a steady, satisfying river adventure. For 45 years he's thoroughly enjoyed the upstream challenges -- the changes in the current, navigating academic landscape changes, the inevitable rapids and eddies along the way. Now he says it's time to go with the currents - he's ready for the ultimate river adventure --downstream.

Michaelsen, after 45 years in education, announced his retirement Friday after spending the past 23 years as a student advisor at McCook Community College.
In his job of advising students, Michaelsen said he's been fortunate to be surrounded in the MCC Welcome Center by a group of co-workers who "have been super to work with. He cites the dedication of Deb Cummings, Janelle Hartzer, and Lana Stewart.
Michaelsen began his teaching career in the Iowa towns of Emmetsburg in 1969 with stops in Farragut and Anita before coming to Nebraska in 1990 to teach in Dodge, Greeley-Wolbach and Silver Lake High School.
In that time he taught social studies, business, and physical education before eventually becoming a guidance counselor, elementary principal and high school principal.
"In high school I always enjoyed sports and I thought one way to continue that was to get into education, Michaelsen said. "In college I started out as an accounting major, but it didn't take long to realize I wanted a career where I could be more active, be around students, and have the chance to continue my love of sports."
During his 22-years in K-12 school systems, he coached junior high football, track, high school football, boys and girls basketball and girls golf. In his time at MCC he was once in charge of intra-murals and also spent some time as an adjunct faculty member.
While in Silver Lake as a guidance counselor in 1990 he got to know McCook Community College recruiter Glenn Haney who spoke with Rick about an opening at MCC he though Rick might be interested in. Michaelsen came to interview for a counselor job. Now, 23 years after landing that job, he's sure he made the right choice.
"I think the educational aspect at MCC was great when I came," Michaelsen said, "Sure a lot of great people have retired, many of them are still here, but I think we've done a pretty good job of replacing quality instructors with quality instructors - and there has been very little turnover beyond retirements. There's a lot to be said for that continuity which allows us to concentrate on the important things like providing the best educational opportunities for our students that we can."
He also believes that MCC is extremely fortunate to have the amount of support the college receives from community.
Most of the changes he's seen over the past two decades at MCC involve the improvements made to buildings and programs.
"Sure the new Event Center has been a fantastic addition for campus and the community - especially for a school our size - but if you look around campus you can see where we've made improvements and upgrades in almost every aspect and every building on this campus."
Satisfied with the current "state of the college" Michaelsen said he decided it was a good time to enjoy other aspects of his life.
Rick and Betty will celebrate their 48th anniversary in September. Then he plans to spend time fishing at their cabin at Harry Strunk Lake this fall.

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Rick Michaelsen 1205 East 3rd Street McCook, NE 69001 (308)345-8102

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Rick Michaelsen 1205 East 3rd Street McCook, NE 69001 (308)345-8102

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