IVCCD approves $4.75 million industrial new jobs training agreements
The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved substantial industrial new jobs training agreements totaling $4.75 million for three companies in Marshalltown and Tama when it met last week. A $4.145 million agreement with Iowa Premium Beef of Tama will create 605 new jobs, a $425,000 agreement with Caleris of Marshalltown will create 118 new jobs, and a $70,000 agreement with Iowa Choice Harvest of Marshalltown will create 14 new jobs.
Iowa Valley’s Vice Chancellor of Continuing Education, Jacque Goodman, explained to the Board that all three projects are not only significant for Iowa Valley and for the three companies, but for the local economies of Tama and Marshall Counties. Iowa Premium Beef in Tama is a meatpacking plant; Caleris is a business processing outsource service providing inbound call center services, social media monitoring, help desk technology support, and related services; and Iowa Choice Harvest flash-freezes apples and corn produced by local farmers/growers for distribution in retail grocery stores.
In other significant action, the Board approved a new Culinary Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree to be offered starting this fall at the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus, pending approval by the Iowa Department of Education. MaryAnne Nickle, Dean of Iowa Valley Grinnell, said the new three-year program will be combined with a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship for 6,000 hours. The program will partner with Grinnell College, which will act as a training lab as well as one of the apprenticeship sites.
In other matters, the Board: added/revised a small number of course fees to reflect actual costs to the Colleges (Ellsworth Community College and Marshalltown Community College/Iowa Valley Grinnell); approved a three-year lease agreement with the Ellsworth College Board of Trustees for several buildings on the ECC campus; and gave first reading to several proposed policy changes/updates, which will be presented for approval at next month’s meeting.
It was noted by MCC Provost Dr. Robin Shaffer Lilienthal that MCC welding instructors Mary Means and John Sly have prepared extensive paperwork qualifying Marshalltown Community College/Iowa Valley for a May 29 site visit to become an American Welding Society (AWS) certified testing facility. MCC will be only the second certified welding lab in Iowa. Dr. Lilienthal explained that the certification is part of the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) initiative funded by a federal grant on behalf of all of Iowa’s community colleges.
Two gifts were accepted by the IVCCD Board, including $1,000 from Church Women United of Iowa Falls for the high school completion and English as a Second Language programs in Hardin County, and $250 from Flint Hills Resources of Iowa Falls for the Read Across America program hosted by several Hardin County libraries, including the Osgood Library at Ellsworth Community College.
A closed session was held to conduct the Board’s annual performance evaluation of Chancellor Duree; no action was taken upon returning to open session.
The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, June 11, at 4 p.m. in Grinnell.