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IVCCD Board approves MCC athletic trainer contract

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors approved a three-year agreement with Select Physical Therapy of Des Moines to provide two full-time athletic trainers for Marshalltown Community College when it met this week. The athletic trainers will provide on-campus physical therapy for student-athletes and instruct MCC’s Athletic Training program classes.

Nick Harvey, MCC Coordinator of Sports Information & Events, said the new agreement is a 3.61% savings over the 2017-18 contract with another provider, and that the College will have two athletic trainers instead of the previous one. Board members were informed that it is a requirement of the National Junior College Athletic Association to provide qualified athletic trainers for student-athletes during all intercollegiate events held on campus.

In other matters, the Board approved the following:

  • An agreement with Iowa Falls School District for Ellsworth Community College’s (ECC) use of the high school football and baseball fields for intercollegiate athletics. The rental of the football field will be $1/year due to the District’s financial support of a new turf-grass project for Cadet Field; rental for the baseball diamond was increased 3%.
  • Renewal of a lease agreement with Iowa Falls School District for use of ECC’s Trades & Industries building for the Greenbelt Alternative High School, with rental increased 3%.
  • An agreement with East Marshall Community School District for providing college level instruction to high school students.
  • Renewal of an agreement between ECC and Youth for Understanding USA, whereby ECC will host a YFU exchange student from China in the coming academic year.

The Board also accepted a gift of $1,500 from JBS USA Food Company/UFCW Local 1149 to be used for scholarships and assistance for JBS employees pursuing English as a Second Language, High School Completion, and Citizenship coursework. IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree said that JBS is a strong community college partner and has provided significant funding for employee scholarships over the past several years. Employees take the classes at the Iowa Valley Education & Training Center on East Church Street. “We’re thankful for the JBS partnership and their ongoing commitment to employee education,” said Dr. Duree. “It’s a wonderful program.”

Colleen Springer, IVCCD Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, gave an overview of the classification study undertaken by the District beginning in 2016 and now being deployed. The study involved establishing a District compensation philosophy, compensation procedures, and market-based standardized wage ranges for non-faculty employees. Springer said Iowa Valley has never undergone a comprehensive, objective evaluation of its compensation activities.

In collaboration with Northeast Iowa Community College, IVCCD worked with Management of America, Inc. on the compensation project. All employees completed job content questionnaires as part of the process, and the Board learned about the compensation philosophy and procedures during its meeting. Springer said new job descriptions for all employees will be rolled out in the coming year.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 4 pm at the IVCCD District Administration building, 3702 S. Center St., Marshalltown.

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