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Background Information

Employment History

Superintendent

Ottumwa Community School District

Executive Dean

Indian Hills Community College

Dean

Advanced Tech inc

Chair, Sub Group

Southeast Iowa Manufacturing Association and Iowa Work Force Development

Education

North Iowa Area Community College

Master's degree

Education

Specialist's degree

Education

Northwest Missouri State University

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Ottumwa Leadership Academy - Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation

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The Dean for the 2015-2016 class is Tom Rubel. Rubel was born in the small town of Exira in southwestern Iowa. He spent many of his early years on the farm, and like many of his generation he credits this experience with shaping both his strong work ethic and love of rural Iowa. After high school Tom attended North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and then transferred to Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota. Tom started his career in education in 1970 teaching history and coaching. He went back to school at Northwest Missouri State University and earned his Master's degree in Education and Specialist's degree in Education. In his 43 years in education, Tom has served many roles. He has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, high school principal, junior high principal, middle school principal, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, school superintendent, and Executive Dean of Regional Economic Advancement at Indian Hills Community College. He most recently took on the role of Interim Superintendent for Ottumwa Community School District. Tom's career is marked by a strong history of leading collaborative projects and community involvement. When asked what has made his career successful thus far, Tom replied, "A leader has to know that they can't do everything alone. You have to rely on other people. I've been lucky in my career to be a part of some excellent teams. My goal was, and continues to be, to foster a collaborative effort among people working toward a common goal. Members of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy Advisory Board include: Martin Cody, Tom Lazio, Brad Little, Natalie Bolin, Jane Martin and Tom Rubel.


Ottumwa Leadership Academy ...

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Ottumwa Leadership Academy announces 2015-2016 Dean Ottumwa, IA, July 20, 2015: Ottumwa Leadership Academy is excited to announce Tom Rubel as Dean for the 2015-2016 academy year. This volunteer position, appointed annually by the Advisory Board,Read More

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Ottumwa, IA, July 20, 2015: Ottumwa Leadership Academy is excited to announce Tom Rubel as Dean for the 2015-2016 academy year.
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"I've been part of the Advisory Board since the inception of Ottumwa Leadership Academy," stated Rubel. "Leadership development is not some skill you just check off, it's a lifetime endeavor and I'm pleased that I have the opportunity to be engaged in developing leaders for our community."
Rubel was born in the small town of Exira in southwestern Iowa. He spent many of his early years on the farm, and like many of his generation he credits this experience with shaping both his strong work ethic and love of rural Iowa.
After high school Tom attended North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and then transferred to Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota. Tom started his career in education in 1970 teaching history and coaching. He went back to school at Northwest Missouri State University and earned his Master's degree in Education and Specialist's degree in Education. In his 43 years in education, Tom has served many roles. He has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, high school principal, junior high principal, middle school principal, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, school superintendent, and Executive Dean of Regional Economic Advancement at Indian Hills Community College. He most recently took on the role of Interim Superintendent for Ottumwa Community School District.
Tom's career is marked by a strong history of leading collaborative projects and community involvement. When asked what has made his career successful thus far, Tom replied, "A leader has to know that they can't do everything alone. You have to rely on other people. I've been lucky in my career to be a part of some excellent teams. My goal was, and continues to be, to foster a collaborative effort among people working toward a common goal."
"I look forward to having Tom as the Dean for the 2015-2016 Academy," stated Hollie Tometich, Executive Director.


That was the message from Tom ...

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That was the message from Tom Rubel at Monday's meeting of the Ottumwa school board. Rubel is the executive dean of the Indian Hills Regional Economic Advancement program. His department is tasked with getting people together to help in creating a strong southeast Iowa economy. He was not giving the board members all new information, but he was bringing it all together; to do that right, it's going to take cooperation between stakeholders like public schools, four-year colleges, community colleges, specialty schools and businesses.

To begin, he explained, "In order to have a stable economy, you need to have a workforce."
It's not the only thing you need to have, he acknowledged, but it is a portion of the formula that it'd be dangerous to forget.
"We need to have economic development, and you can't talk about economic development without small business. Or without big business," Rubel acknowledged.
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The conversation adults should be having with young people is, Rubel believes, is "what do you want to do with your life?
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"We've made the mistake with too many of our young people, and I do get criticism for saying this," said Rubel, "but when they graduate high school, we tell them all to scurry on up to … a four year college."
He has nothing against four-year colleges, he said. His children just graduated from one, and he went that route. Many people have successfully done so.
But there are opportunities for students who don't want to follow that "traditional" path. Just remember, Rubel and Swanson both stressed, that a good paying job will require some sort of education beyond high school.
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Nearly every graduate of the welding program receives a job offer, added Rubel.
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No, there's not, Rubel said, though nationwide Rubel and other post-secondary educators have been grappling with a weakness in mathematics skills among young people.
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That was the message from Tom Rubel at Monday's meeting of the Ottumwa school board


"We're trying to reflect what's going ...

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"We're trying to reflect what's going on in our society," said Tom Rubel, executive dean of regional economic advancement. "There's a diverse [spectrum] of opportunity out there."

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"We think this ... can help lay the foundation for the future of southeast Iowa," said Rubel, who would like to see educated workers stay in this area.


"We're facilitating some events for the ...

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"We're facilitating some events for the upcoming National Advanced Manufacturing Day," said Tom Rubel, executive dean of regional economic advancement at The Hills.

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Yet that shortage hurts Iowa; Rubel says Gov.
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"Employers are asking, 'Where are we going to get our workers?'," said Rubel. "In this division of the college, advanced manufacturing is becoming a priority."
But, said Miller and Rubel, don't make the mistake of thinking that an out-of-work laborer, or even someone with a history degree, is going to walk into one of these manufacturing plants and score the $19 an hour job that a community college grad is going to get.
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Said Rubel, "There are very few jobs now in our society that pay a sustainable wage without post-secondary education."

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