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Training agreements create jobs, educate workforce

MARSHALLTOWN – The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved three job training agreements with area companies when it met this week. JBS Swift & Co. of Marshalltown, Montezuma Manufacturing of Montezuma, and Engineered Plastic Components Inc. of Grinnell will receive a combined $192,105 in training for their employees.

At $160,000, the largest of the three training agreements is an Iowa New Jobs Agreement with Engineered Plastic Components Inc. of Grinnell. The new jobs training agreement will create 47 new jobs for the global company, which has been in business since 1994. With plants in Iowa and eight others states, as well as Mexico, EPC manufactures plastic components, primarily for the appliance and automotive industries. Iowa Valley Continuing Education Vice Chancellor Jacque Goodman said her team has been working on this new training agreement for about a year, and that Iowa Valley is excited to be working with EPC.

The other two Iowa Jobs Training Agreements will provide training for existing employees at the companies. JBS Swift & Co. will receive $20,000 to train 35 employees in industrial maintenance and safety. Montezuma Manufacturing will receive $12,105 to train 17 employees in safety, leadership and continuous improvement. These are Iowa Valley’s 7th and 5th contracts with JBS and Montezuma Manufacturing, respectively.

A public hearing on IVCCD’s 2017-2018 certified budget was conducted, with no comments received from the public. The FY18 certified budget sets the level of expenditures for Funds 1, 2 and 7 and the local property tax rate for the coming year. IVCCD Vice Chancellor of Finance/CFO Kathy Pink noted that the local tax rate will decrease by nearly 38 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation. This marks the 8th consecutive year that the District’s local property tax asking has been decreased.

In other matters, the Board approved: a contract with Cost Advisory Services to calculate indirect cost rates, which are required for a variety of applications for federal funds; renewal of a 28E agreement with the Solid Waste Management Commission of Marshall County to provide Reduce-Reuse-Recycle education; and revisions to 20 Board policies. The Board went into closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy, but took no action upon returning to open session.

The Board also accepted a gift of $1,500 from Iowa Falls Church Women United. The money is earmarked for support of high school equivalency diploma and English as a Second Language classes in Iowa Falls. Duree made special note of the donation, saying that the District is “grateful to continue to receive these exceptionally generous donations from Iowa Falls Church Women United.”

M.J. Dolan, Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT), reported to the Board about IACCT activities. Dolan gave a legislative update, highlighting several bills that will impact Iowa’s community college: the gun bill, the election bill, the immigration bill and a bill regarding Certified Nurse Aide licensure. She also distributed and discussed new IACCT marketing materials.

IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree recognized Kathy Pink and Chris Bland (Marshalltown Supervisor of Plant Services) for their efforts in securing approximately $100,000 in road funds. Allocated by the Department of Transportation and Department of Education, the funds will be used to pay for public road improvements on the Marshalltown campus.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be Wednesday, April 12, at 4 pm at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.

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