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Can You Transfer from a 4-Year School to a Community College?

Choosing which school you will attend to pursue your education and career goals is a big decision, and you might not get it right the first time.  In fact, this 2015 study found that nearly 38% of college students transfer to another institution during their college career.  So if you find yourself wondering if you are at the right school, you’re not alone.  Many assume that students will transfer from…

Ask the Academic Advisor: How Can I Improve My GPA?

Is your GPA not quite what you want it to be? Here are some quick tips you can try to increase your GPA and your all-around academic performance and carry throughout your college education. Small things make a big difference There are somethings that may seem too easy to help your GPA but in the…

9 Questions to Ask on a College Tour

College visits are exciting and fun! It’s easy for you (or your student) to get caught up in the moment during your visit, checking out the on-campus sites. Make the most of your time on campus by jotting down a few questions beforehand. While you are there, as a parent, here are nine questions to…

Why Hands-On Learning Makes a Big Difference

Some people are like sponges and easily absorb information they’re given, whether that is through a lecture or by reading course material. Others learn better with a hands-on approach by incorporating music or task repetition. The classes at Ellsworth and Marshalltown can be customized to fit your learning style, from in-person classes to options entirely…

How to Overcome the November Slump

The semester is drawing to a close and winter break is just around the corner.  Before you get the light at the end of the tunnel you have final papers, projects, and exams.  It can be a little intimidating for even the most diligent student.  Here are our tips to finish the semester strong and…

How to change colleges after 1 year or even a semester

Are you finding the cost of the college you are attending to high? Classes and campus to big? Taking online classes and want to save money by living at home? Your first choice college may not be what you stick with, and that’s okay. You can make an easy transition and finish your first two…

What Are the Most In-Demand STEM Careers?

STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is the educational buzzword you have probably heard recently. STEM coursework is built by combining two or more of the subjects together and talking about the real-world implications of this class. In other words, math class alone isn’t necessarily a STEM class, but when you combine…

Unique Programs You Can Find at Iowa Valley

The average person will spend a third of their life working. Picking a career that you are passionate about and something you love is important and will make the time you spend at work more enjoyable. Do you ever look at certain careers, though, and wonder how the person learned their trade? Not many 4-year…

Essential Workers

Keeping America Running: Why the Skilled Trades Are So Essential

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t survive without the people doing the skilled trades. From the linemen who restored power after severe weather to the truck drivers and supply chain workers that have helped us replenish when supplies were scarce, our skilled workers deserve a lot of credit for keeping America…

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