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New college websites launched July 7

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Marketing Office launched new College websites on Tuesday, July 7. The District is now operating four separate (but linked) websites for IVCCD, Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College/Iowa Valley Grinnell, and Iowa Valley Continuing Education.

“Users will notice immediately the dramatic new look and feel of the websites, as well as improvements in site usability,” says Robin Anctil, IVCCD Marketing Director. “In addition to transitioning from one shared website to four separate (but linked) sites, we’re now using a responsive website design that makes all the pages on all four sites accessible and user-friendly whether the viewer is on a computer, a tablet, or a cell phone. Since our last website redesign was six years ago, this is a huge leap in terms of technology and user-friendliness.”

Anctil said a site Search feature will be activated later next week, enabling website users to search whichever site they’re on. The delay in activating the Search feature is necessary to allow Google and other search engines to crawl and catalog the content on all the new sites.

“The new websites have been in the works for more than a year, and we owe a debt of thanks to the students and prospective students who participated in our focus group and user testing studies,” said Anctil. “Our goal has been to improve the looks and the functionality of our website content, and prospective students have told us we’ve achieved that goal. We look forward to hearing from our other friends and stakeholders, who are also frequent users of the sites.”

The new websites can be viewed at the following URLs: District Administration site = www.iavalley.edu; Ellsworth Community College = www.EllsworthCollege.com; Marshalltown Community College = www.MarshalltownCC.com; Iowa Valley Grinnell = www.IVGrinnell.com; Iowa Valley Continuing Education = www.IowaValley.com; and Orpheum Theater Center = www.OrpheumTheaterCenter.com.

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