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Winterfest concert is Jan. 27 at the Orpheum

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center will feature three bands in one night of great progressive rock music during its second annual Winterfest concert on Saturday, Jan. 27. Anthony Worden, Halfloves and Land of Blood and Sunshine/LOBAS will perform in the Orpheum’s Black Box Theater from 6:30 to 9 pm. Winterfest will begin with a set…

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Orpheum Theater report highlights Board meeting

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors heard about upcoming events and fundraising efforts for the Orpheum Theater Center when it met this week in Marshalltown. Bob Untiedt, Director of the Orpheum (which is owned and operated by IVCCD), reported that grant writing and fundraising by the non-profit Friends of the Orpheum…

Cindy Schulte

The Importance of the Iowa Skilled Worker & Job Creation Fund

By Cindy Schulte As Iowa moves forward to implement Governor Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa (FRI) initiative, Iowa’s community colleges stand ready to play a key role. The goal is to prepare 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce with an education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. The FRI recommendations will focus on low-income…

Sandy Supianoski

Sector Partnerships + Career Pathways = A Healthy Local Economy

By Sandy Supianoski There’s a lot of jargon in education … just like there’s jargon in every industry. Because education is vitally important to nearly every industry (e.g. healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, finance, communications, agriculture and more), I’d like to review some of the current lingo and talk about what it really means for our local…

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IACCT discusses legislative priorities

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors heard about statewide community college issues and legislative priorities when it met this week in Marshalltown. Rich Gaumer of Ottumwa, Chairman of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT), said the organization is highly focused on advocacy for Iowa’s 15 community colleges. IACCT is…

MaryAnne Nickle

The value of concurrent enrollment in high school

By MaryAnne Nickle A research article was published in September by the Community College Research Center looking at the long-term results of concurrent enrollment across the country. The study showed that of the students who have the experience of taking college classes in high school, 51% (Iowa students) will graduate from college with either an…

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College Board learns about TRIO program

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors heard from Ellsworth Community College TRIO Student Support Services staff and students when it met this week in Iowa Falls. ECC TRIO Director Molly Hippen and Coordinator Jessica VanHove told the Board about the basics of the TRIO program, which serves students who are first…

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Orpheum hosts The Maytags on Nov. 11

This Saturday, Nov. 11, the IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center hosts a performance by The Maytags from 7 to 9 pm in the Orpheum Black Box Theater, 220 E. Main St., Marshalltown. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased in advance by calling 641-844-5921, or by visiting the Orpheum Theater Office. Tickets can also be purchased…

Dr. Lisa Breja

Why accreditation matters

By Dr. Lisa Breja Accreditation is important to educational institutions and to college students and their families. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that an institution has met and is maintaining a high level of standards set by an accrediting agency. While accreditation may not be at the top of the mind of students,…

Jacque Goodman

The evolution of Iowa Valley Continuing Education

By Jacque Goodman For years, Iowa Valley Continuing Education (IVCE) was the place to go for personal enrichment classes such as dance and yoga. At one point in history we were the only game in town! Now, you don’t even need to leave your home for these conveniences. In fact, you can live-stream this type…

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