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IVCCD receives clean FY16 audit report

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors received a clean audit report from Schnurr & Company on the District’s FY16 financials when it met this week in Marshalltown.

The auditors reported to the Board that there were no significant or unusual practices, no audit adjustments, no disagreements with management, no significant issues, and no difficulties encountered when working with the IVCCD Business Office to audit the 2015-2015 financial reports. They presented an “unmodified opinion,” which they explained is the best possible opinion an auditor can provide.

In other matters, the IVCCD Board approved Iowa Jobs Training Agreements with Metal Tech Industries of Iowa Falls ($14,039) and Manatts of Brooklyn ($15,000). Deb Hawks, Director of Business & Industry Training, explained that Metal Tech will train 16 employees on safety, quality, leadership and computer skills. The agreement with Manatts will be used to train 60 employees in safety, computer skills, business skills, and wellness.

The Board also approved a $25,000 consulting agreement whereby Hays Companies will review the District’s health and prescription drug plan history and claims data, assess possible self-funding arrangements, and recommend a comprehensive strategic plan for future health plan benefits in the best interests of the District and its employees. Approvals were also given on a one-year contract between Youth for Understanding (YFU) and Ellsworth Community College; an amendment/modification adding $225,511 for FY17 expenses to the master agreement with Iowa Workforce Development; and revisions and updates to Board policies relating to adjunct faculty, whistle blowing, and jury duty of employees.

Gifts accepted this month by the Board included thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment and supplies given by Central Iowa Family Planning for use by the Medical Assisting programs at MCC and ECC. IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree said the CIFP donation was unprecedented, and that the colleges and Medical Assisting students and faculty are very grateful for the extraordinary generosity shown. Other donations included a 2-year-old bay filly given by Sue Schwaller to the ECC Equine program and monetary donations given by Connie Gardalen, George Johnson and Steve Muntz to the MCC Tiger Athletic Club.

The Board also accepted a $100,000 grant from the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services Division of the Iowa Department of Education. The IVRS received federal funds for vocational rehabilitation services, and IVCCD will provide those services to high school students (age 21 and younger) with disabilities who are receiving educational services through an IEP or 504 Plan.

The Board heard a report about the Intermediary Virtual Job Shadow Program. IVCE Intermediary Network Coordinator Terri Hungerford and Pathway Navigator Molly Hippen demonstrated how the virtual job shadow program works online to help (mostly) high school and (some) middle school students learn about various career fields and job opportunities. The students are able to use the online tool once they’re registered by a school guidance counselor. Hungerford said Iowa Valley has a license to serve 5,000 students with the customized website, and nearly 2,800 students from 15 area school districts are currently registered.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 4 pm in Marshalltown.

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