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Dr. Martin Reimer

Digital Awareness among today’s graduates

By Dr. Martin Reimer Last year I wrote an article that defined student success at Ellsworth Community College. Learning is a lifelong journey, not a destination. The real definition of student success is to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in all phases of their lives. Success means our graduates will go on to…

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ECC students highlight campus activities

MARSHALLTOWN – The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors heard a report on student involvement in campus activities when it met this week at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. ECC Student Engagement & Athletic Coordinator Maurie Tomke and Student Senators Kelbey Barbadillo, Carlin Whelpley and Brooklyn Benning gave the presentation on…

Dr. Chris Duree

Help your kids be ready for college

By Dr. Chris Duree Parents often ask me where the “hot jobs” are going to be by the time their kids finish college. The projections have stayed fairly consistent for several years. According to the Iowa College Aid Commission’s most recent report (2016) on the condition of higher education in Iowa, nearly 70 percent of…

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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…

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IVCE is on a mission

By Jon Núñez & Kathy Siebring Iowa Valley Continuing Education is on a mission to prepare individuals for college and fulfilling careers through English language learning and high school equivalency classes. We offer these important services at five satellite locations: downtown Marshalltown, Eldora, Grinnell, Iowa Falls, and Tama. The staff at each of our sites…

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IVCCD Board approves FY18 estimated budget

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved a budget estimate for 2017-2018 which includes a reduction in local property tax askings when it met this week in Marshalltown. Kathy Pink, IVCCD Vice Chancellor of Finance/CFO, reviewed the FY18 budget estimate and explained variances from the FY17 estimated budget. One of the…

Dr. Martin Reimer

Trip to Germany/France will broaden your perspective

By Dr. Martin Reimer I was blessed to grow up in rural Iowa as a youth. Unfortunately, I did not fully appreciate how lucky I was. I remember reading about far off exotic places and wanted to travel and live in different countries and experience different cultures. After all, in my view, not much was…

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January Board report

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors learned of a possible pending state general aid de-appropriation when it met this week in Marshalltown. IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree told the Board that the state has been mandated to cut approximately $110 million from the current year’s budget, and that the Governor has…

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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…

Dr. Chris Duree

The Future Ready Iowa Alliance: a promising initiative for Iowans

By Dr. Chris Duree My career in the Iowa public education system began in the fall of 1980. Needless to say, I have witnessed a lot of politicians make bold statements of how they would improve Iowa education once they were elected. After 35+ years “in the trenches” from small to mid-size rural school districts…

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