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IVCCD Board considers early retirement incentive policy

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors’ gave first reading to a voluntary early retirement incentive plan when it met last week in Iowa Falls. There are 59 eligible employees who will receive the offer of this early retirement package if approved at the Dec. 9 board meeting in Marshalltown.  Qualified employees age 55 and older as of June 30, 2016 who have been employed by IVCCD for the most recent 10 consecutive years will have until April 30, 2016 to decide if they want to request early retirement, which would be effective June 30, 2016.

In outlining the proposed policy, IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree said the Board’s early retirement incentive policy sunsets each year and the Board determines whether a package will be offered in any given year. The monetary payout schedule (paid in 36 monthly installments) reflects that qualified retirees employed by the District for 20 or more years receive 100% of their final annual salary. Those employed 15-19 years will receive a 90% payout, and those employed 10-14 years will receive an 80% payout. The policy also includes an insurance contribution up to $500 per month of the employee’s full-time premium (pro-rated for part-time staff) for single health insurance.

The IVCCD Board accepted a new $143,173 Region 6 Job Driven National Emergency Grant to get dislocated workers involved with apprenticeships. Qualified individuals who have been laid off or experienced the closure of their place of employment will be contacted by the local Iowa Workforce Development staff about apprenticeship opportunities, particularly in the service industry.

Linda Hanson, Associate Dean of Health Occupations, gave a presentation about the history and current state of nursing training at both Marshalltown and Ellsworth Community Colleges. Key changes to the nursing programs have included online instruction and the use of simulation and other high-tech equipment in the classrooms. Hanson said her staff is currently working to help students and graduates transition from RN to BSN credentials, as well as exploring additional service learning opportunities.

In other matters, the Board: approved five contracts for snow removal services on the District’s campuses in Marshalltown, Iowa Falls and Grinnell; approved changes to select course fees in the Automotive Technology, Health Occupations, Gunsmithing and Paralegal programs; set a public hearing date of Dec. 9 for the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimated cost for the Marshalltown Community College student union remodeling project; and approved a contract with Iowa Falls Community School District to provide college level instruction to high school students.

The Board accepted gifts to the District, including movie poster backing and wrapping from Nancy Adams to the Orpheum Theater Center and a donation of $1,500 from Iowa Falls Church Women United to the Iowa Falls High School Equivalency Diploma and English as a Second Language programs.

Marisol Aguero, Marshalltown Education Partnership (MEP) Coordinator, was recognized by the Board for presenting at the Iowa Latin@ Education Initiative Conference in Ankeny. Also involved in planning that conference were Dr. Robin Lilienthal, MCC Provost; Barb Jennings, Assistant to the Chancellor/Board Secretary; Jennifer Wilson, Director of Adult Literacy Programs; and Dr. Chris Duree.

The next meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 4 pm in the IVCCD Administration Building in Marshalltown.

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