Northeastern Community College honored two individuals for career and post-graduate achievement.
Walter Aschoff of Osmond and Brandi Price of Pierce were inducted into the Northeastern Alumni Hall of Success. Recognition is given to individuals who have achieved significant professional achievement, demonstrated exemplary civic qualities, or who have made significant contributions to their communities and/or public causes. They were inducted during the annual Northeast Achievement Awards recently at the Center for Lifelong Learning in Norfolk.
“Whether they have made significant contributions to this institution, the community college system as a whole, or they have successfully made outstanding contributions to their local communities, the honorees here tonight demonstrate the qualities we hold dear here in the Northeast,” she said. Leah Barrett, President. Northeast. “Mr. Aschoff and Ms. Price exemplify qualities that are valued here in the Northeast. We congratulate them.”
Ashoff received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Northeastern Community College in 1993. He worked as a builder at West Hodson Lumber in Osmond and started his building business from a room in his home after graduating from college. He is currently the owner/president of Aschoff Construction Inc. in Osmond, specializing in the construction of concrete, structural and steel buildings.
In addition, he and his wife Michelle, also a Northeastern graduate, recently built a robotic dairy farm across the street from their family home. As owners of equipment supplier Lely Dairy, they showcase their experience in the industry on a par with other dairy farmers.
Ashoff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Community College Foundation and the Board of Directors of Osmond General Hospital. His social work includes being included in the Norfolk Daily News’s “30 Under 30” list. Over the past 18 years, Ashoff has received several National Dealer of the Year awards for Sentinel Buildings and 11 Chairman’s Club awards from Sentinel Buildings. His company received the Lester Buildings Eagle Award and was named “Business of the Year” by the Madison Chamber of Commerce.
His mother, Edith Aschoff, was the first female member of the Northeast’s board of governors, serving from 1979 to 1982.
The nominee Jeanne Reigl said that she sincerely respects Walter Aschoff.
“Whether he acts in his role as husband, father, son, brother, cousin, employer, volunteer, board member, or friend, Walter does it with deep conviction to do his job the best he can,” Reigl said. . “Once I asked him about his willingness to participate in several communities, he admitted that he had a desire to leave the city better than he found it. The world needs a lot more Walters.”
In accepting the award, Aschoff said the education he received at Northeastern Community College was the foundation of his construction company’s success.
“The real reason I come to work every day is to help people—whether it’s helping clients make their dreams come true, helping an employee grow and prosper, or helping a church, school, or community. Helping those around me is the surest measure of success for me,” Aschoff said. “I also learned along the way that it’s vital to surround yourself with great people.”
In the family of Walter and Michelle Ashoff are the children of Makayle (Brandon) Brazel, Robert, Kelly, Charlie and Bennett Ashoff, as well as grandson Dax Brazel.
Price received her Associate of Science degree in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Community College in 2004. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearny in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and holds a Nebraska State Teaching Certificate.
Price has been the licensed owner of ABC 123 Home 2 Kindergarten in Pierce since May 2002 and is expanding his business. From 2010 to 2018, she managed two offices for her business. In addition to ABC 123, she also ran two other child care centers in Osmond for one year. Price is an independent contractor who has been providing continuing education courses for young children since 2005.
In addition to work and family responsibilities, she is a senior member of the Nebraska Early Childhood Group and is President of the Nebraska Northeast Chapter of the Nebraska Early Childhood Education Association (NeAEYC), Inc.
Price was a past president and member of Pierce Elementary PATS (Parents and Teachers for Students), was a member of the Norfolk Conference Committee on Early Childhood for 18 years, was a Girl Scout leader for nine years, and was a member of Pierce Rescue for 15 years. where she serves as captain and secretary. She is a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce.
The nominee, Lisa Günther, said that Price’s grit, determination, success and accomplishments made her eligible for this award.
“Brandi combines a busy family, caring for children, the educational programs she represents, and volunteer work with joy and dedication,” Gunther said. “She returned to college to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree after earning her degree in early childhood education from Northeast. She works to be the best in her field and to be as qualified as possible. Brandi is a Northeast Community College Hall of Success nominee and deserves this award for her work and achievements in quality child care in Northeast Nebraska.”
In accepting the award, Price said she appreciates her time in the Northeast and is impressed with how the preschool program has grown since she was in college.
“My greatest memory of the Northeast is the people I met. I made many friends and connections that helped me succeed in creating a quality program for young children, ”said Price. “I am thrilled with where the Northeast Early Childhood program has come in the past 18 years and I really want it to continue to grow. Childcare is important and I’m glad that Northeast really understands this by offering a great and quality program. We need these qualified teachers.”
Price’s husband, Derek, is also a Northeastern graduate. The couple have five children: Isabelle, a high school freshman; Easton, sixth grader; Sofia, third grader; and Stella, 10 months. The family lost a child (Bentley) at birth.
Northeast Media Arts – Broadcasting broadcast the awards ceremony live. It can be viewed on demand at team1sports.com/northeastcc/.