MUSCATINE, Iowa–Bob Allbee started his own education in Muscatine, graduating from Muscatine High School in 1975 and Muscatine Community College in 1977. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Allbee returned to Muscatine and eventually found himself back at Muscatine Community College.
Over the course of his 35 years with Muscatine Community College and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the consortium Muscatine Community College belongs to, Allbee served in many capacities, including working in business and industry training, two years working as the director of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Tech Training Center in Davenport, and even as the president of Muscatine Community College.
Looking back at his many years in education, Allbee has particularly fond memories of working in business and industry training, assisting students in finding careers suited to their interests and helping ensure that local businesses had the skilled workers they need to deliver high quality goods and services. “I enjoyed working with students, especially advising them as they prepared for a job; it was always a big deal when they would find employment in their chosen field,” he reminisced. “I like seeing them and catching up with them to this day.”
In retirement, Allbee has continued to keep busy in the community, volunteering at the Muscatine Community Y, providing some advising to the Fueling the Future collaboration regarding Muscatine Community College’s welding and CNC program, and working in the Muscatine Center for Social Action food pantry. In 2020, Allbee started volunteering for the food pantry as a driver, taking food to people in need in the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. In November of that year, Muscatine Center for Social Action Director Scott Dahlke asked if Allbee could help inside the pantry on their distribution days, and he has ever since. “I enjoy my coworkers here at MCSA; they are a hard working and caring group of people,” he shared.
A public servant throughout his career, Allbee values all the opportunities he has to give back and strengthen his home town. “Many people helped me as I was starting out, and this is my way of thanking them and continuing the engagement they taught me.”