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IVCCD Board approves amendments to grants for dislocated workers

IOWA FALLS – The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors approved multiple amendments to grants and agreements in place with Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) when it met this week in Iowa Falls.

Jacque Goodman, Vice Chancellor of Continuing Education, explained that through the IWD grants, Iowa Valley serves hundreds of dislocated workers (394 in just the past week), and that those numbers may gust up to 1,600 per week during seasonal layoffs. She said the goal is to provide basic employment services to all who qualify, and intensive services to as many as the budget allows. One of the IWD grant amendments related to providing apprenticeship training to dislocated workers. Goodman indicated that there are currently 19 area apprenticeship openings, with 6 now enrolled; she said all apprentices are employed before completion of the internships.

In other matters, the IVCCD Board approved: a resolution accepting approval of completion of the Marshalltown Community College student union renovation project; an early retirement incentive policy similar to the one offered to qualified employees last year; snow removal contracts for campus facilities in Iowa Falls, Marshalltown and Grinnell; a $5 fee increase for Health Certified Nurse Aide criminal background checks; and renewal of an agreement with Marshall County Emergency Management for use of the Marshalltown campus in the event of a catastrophic event at the Duane Arnold Nuclear Energy Facility in Palo.

Gifts accepted this month by the Board included $100 from Dan Key to the Automotive Technology program, a 2002 Ford Taurus from Ron Morrison/Morrison Enterprises to the Automotive Technology program, $1,000 from Iowa Falls Church Women United to the Iowa Falls High School Equivalency Diploma and English as a Second Language programs, $200 from Beryl and Deena Wellborn to the Wellborn Scholarship, and $250 from Central Christian Church to ESL scholarships at the Iowa Valley Education & Training Center.

The Board also heard a report about the new Social Behavioral Science Club (SBSC) at Ellsworth Community College. Soon to be a sanctioned group, the members began meeting last spring to offer social science-related experiences outside the classroom, promote student engagement and success, and respond to diverse community needs through service learning and volunteerism. Psychology Instructor Wendy Valentine and ECC students Brooklyn Benning and Jordan Tjarks told the Board about their recent group activities and plans for the upcoming months.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 4 pm in Marshalltown.

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