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IVCCD approves new Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree program

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved a new Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree to be offered by Marshalltown Community College when it met this week. The new 72-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program will be available starting this fall.

According to MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal, the new degree combines coursework from the Welding and Machine Tool Technology programs to prepare graduates for employment in industries where metal is cut and shaped into precision parts and tools or fused to complete manufacturing operations.

“This new program is based on feedback from the industry professionals who serve on our Welding Advisory Committee and Machine Tool Technology Advisory Committee,” says Lilienthal. “Advanced Manufacturing provides a broader understanding and skill base in machine tool and welding technologies, enhances opportunities for employment, and strengthens prospects for advancement in the manufacturing sector.” She said that since the new program is a hybrid of two existing MCC programs, no additional courses need to be developed, and existing faculty can teach the required courses.

In facility matters, the Board accepted a bid to clean, repair and tuckpoint masonry of Reg Johnson Hall at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls from low bidder MTS Contracting Inc. of Ankeny. The base bid was $120,500, and the Board approved an alternate of $2,050 to change the sills from brick to stone. Also related to that building, the Board voted 5-2 to accept a bid of $187,782 from Reliable 1 of Iowa Falls for HVAC equipment replacements and upgrades. Architect Justin Sorensen of TSP Inc. said that although it was disappointing not to have bidding competition, he feels the bid is fair based on current market prices.

In other matters, the Board approved the following:

  • A one-year employment contract for Dr. Kristie Fisher, incoming IVCCD Chancellor, at an annual salary of $225,000 plus insurance, fringe and leave benefits as provided for administrators by District policy. The contract has a July 15 start date.
  • A resolution of not to exceed $400,000 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates for workforce training projects. The sale and delivery of $330,000 in certificates was awarded to low bidder Bankers Bank of Wisconsin at an interest rate of 3.1365%.
  • ECC and MCC Student Handbooks for 2019-2020.
  • A 260F Iowa Jobs Training Agreement in the amount of $4,999 with Natural Products Inc. of Grinnell to train 13 employees in safety and chemical test training. This is IVCCD’s fourth training contract with Natural Products since 2007.
  • A 260F Iowa Jobs Training Agreement in the amount of $17,782 with Fisher Controls International Inc. of Marshalltown to train 14 employees in hydraulics and pneumatics. This is Iowa Valley’s 19 training contract with Fisher since 1992.
  • A contract to provide college level instruction for 2019-2020 to students at Montezuma High School.
  • A one-year sub-lease between Iowa Workforce Development and IVCCD to provide office and classroom space for the WIOA staff at 204 ½ W. State St. in Marshalltown.
  • Revisions to 2019-2020 course fees for nursing program testing, BIO132 Animal Care & Rehab (a new course), BIO917 Captive Animal Husbandry (a new course), DSL837 Commercial Driver’s License & Tools, PEH142 First Aid, and several Welding course fees, which went up due to the increased cost of steel materials for the program.
  • Academic and holiday calendars for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • A five-year merchandising agreement with The Graphic Edge for apparel purchases for the ECC Panther athletic teams.
  • An agreement for athletic trainer services between ECC and McFarland Clinic. The agreement calls for two full-time certified athletic trainers to serve ECC at a cost that is less than the current year, when the College has had one full-time trainer and a second on an hourly basis as needed.
  • A subscription to Facilities Management Express for online management of facilities work orders and project requests.
  • A partnership between Morningside College and ECC for the articulation and transfer of ECC graduates interested in Agriculture and Food Sciences baccalaureate degrees. Dr. Martin Reimer said many ECC graduates are from northwest Iowa, so this transfer agreement will benefit them greatly.
  • A five-year contract with DIGARC for an online college catalog using the Acalog hosting service. The annual cost of the contract will be $12,000.
  • A certificate of substantial completion for work done by Woodruff Construction on the ECC Math-Science building. It was noted that about $18,000 is being held back until doors are fully installed.
  • A policy regarding Freedom of Expression, which is mandated by the Iowa Legislative as part of the passage of SF274. Dr. Lilienthal said the new policy does not represent a change for Iowa Valley.

A closed session was held to discuss collective bargaining strategy, but the Board took no action upon returning to open session. The next meeting of the IVCCD Board will be Wednesday, June 12, at 4 pm at Iowa Valley Grinnell, 123 6th Ave W in Grinnell.

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