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IVCCD Board sets MCC student union renovation in motion

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors’ held a public hearing to approve the plans, specifications, form of contract and $1.12 million estimated cost for the student union renovation project at Marshalltown Community College when it met this week. Construction bids will be opened Jan. 12 and approved at the Jan. 13 Board meeting. The project is being financed by a $1 million donation from the William Faust estate.

MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal told the Board that a $120,000 HVAC rooftop unit replacement that’s part of the project will be paid for with District funds. The College plans to reuse existing furnishings in the renovated area. It’s anticipated that work will begin this spring and will be completed before classes begin in the fall.

The Board received an update on the District’s PACE/GAP/Intermediary projects from the team of employees that manages those programs. The PACE/GAP funds, a new allocation from the state of Iowa, are designed to support students with incomes at or below 250% of the national poverty level as well as those who are low-skilled, unemployed, underemployed, or dislocated workers. Sandy Supianoski, Employer Relations Supervisor, told the Board that IVCCD has one of the highest PACE/GAP participant employment rates of any community college in the state.

As an example of the PACE program support, Jennifer Rice told the story of an MCC student who broke a leg and arm earlier in the semester. Because he couldn’t drive or access public transportation, the PACE program was able to pay for PeopleRides to take him to and from campus each day, enabling him to continue his studies.

The Intermediary program helps the community colleges serve as a liaison between the K-12 schools and area businesses to provide work-based learning opportunities. Assistance includes establishing student job shadows, student internships, worksite tours, interactive speakers, and professional development for teachers.

In other matters, the Board approved: a Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Plan that may impact 59 eligible employees; an updated Board policies for Student Activities: Honors, Awards and Scholarships and Tuition & Fee Payments for IVCE; an agreement to provide college-level instruction to students at Eldora-New Providence High School; FY2016 student activity budgets for MCC, ECC and Iowa Valley Grinnell; and 2016 dental services and fees for the MCC Dental Clinic. It was noted that the Dental Clinic is open 13 days during January through March; the new service provider will be Marshalltown Family Dentistry.

The Board also approved two Iowa Jobs Training Agreements, each for $20,000 with Fisher Controls International and Manatts, Inc. The training for 67 Fisher employees will cover ASME-Nuclear Certification and Front Line Labor Relations. The training for 65 Manatts employees will cover Safety, Computer programs, Wellness, Business skills, and Spanish.

The Board accepted an extensive collection of Jean Seberg memorabilia given by Kendall Natvig to the Orpheum Theater Center. IVCCD Board President Yvonne Mallory gave Natvig special thanks for the generous gift of photos, magazine articles, press kits, postcards, movie posters, and more.

The next meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4 pm in the IVCCD Administration Building in Marshalltown.

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