Public Hearing will be Dec. 11 for MCC renovation project
The IVCCD Board of Directors scheduled a Dec. 11 public hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated cost for the 2013 facility renovation project at Marshalltown Community College. The hearing will be held as part of the Board’s regular monthly meeting at 4 pm in the IVCCD Administrative Office in Marshalltown, at which time project details and preliminary drawings will be shared.
ECC agriculture professor Kevin Butt and two students in his Precision Agriculture program provided an update on ECC’s Mobile Precision Ag Lab, which was established with a USDA-SPECA challenge grant in 2011. Professor Butt talked about what precision agriculture involves and how it’s being used in today’s farming landscape. He explained the history of ECC’s Precision Ag degree program, its accomplishments so far, and the bright future ahead for Precision Ag graduates.
In other matters, the Board: approved a $20,000 Iowa Jobs Training Agreement with Manatts Inc. of Brooklyn for training 75 employees; approved the addition of a $375 fee for the Bench Metal II course in the Gunsmith Technology program; approved a snack vending agreement with Automatic Beverage Company and a beverage vending agreement with Bottling Group, LLC (Pepsi) for the ECC and MCC campuses; approved one-year lease agreement between with Marshalltown Girls Softball Association for usage of facilities and equipment on the MCC campus; approved four agreements for college-level instruction at area high schools (BGM, Grinnell-Newburg, AGWSR and CAL); approved snow removal contracts; approved a three-year farm lease with Saak Family Farms, LLC of Grundy Center to rent 100 acres of farmland on the MCC campus; and gave first reading to a revised Board policy on the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Plan.
Four donations were accepted by the IVCCD Board: $1,000 from Church Women United of Iowa Falls for the Iowa Falls GED/HSED and ESL programs; miscellaneous items from Fisher Controls International, Inc. for the MCC Machine Tool Technology program; a photo from “Song of the South” to the Orpheum Theater Center gallery from Nancy Adams; and a donation of $50 from Dr. and Mrs. James Heddens to the Orpheum Theater Center.