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IVCCD keeps tuition hike lower than state average

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors set tuition, housing rates and meal plan rates for 2018-19 when it met this month in Grinnell. Next year’s tuition increase of $5 per credit hour continues the District’s trend of keeping its tuition raises lower than the state average for eight consecutive years. “We are…

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IVCCD Board pledges support to Bobcat Ready! initiative

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors learned about and declared formal support of Marshalltown Community School District’s “Bobcat Ready!” initiative when it met this month. MCSD Superintendent Dr.Theron Schutte explained to the IVCCD Board that the research-based Bobcat Ready program identifies multiple college readiness and career readiness indicators that will put MHS…

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New ECC Nursing Club makes an impact

The Iowa Valley Community College District nursing programs continued to impress this month when Ellsworth Community College nursing faculty and five students told the IVCCD Board of Directors about their new Nursing Club. Last month the District’s nursing instructors were recognized by the Board for having recently been named the #1 Practical Nursing program in…

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IVCCD approves ECC Math-Science remodeling bid

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors has approved low bid of $1,347,722 from Woodruff Construction of Ames for a renovation of the Math-Science Building at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. The bid, approved at a special Board meeting on Mar. 27, includes three alternates for additional lighting, replacement of electrical…

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IVCCD approves 2018-19 budget, new Orpheum Coffee Shop vendor

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved a 2018-19 budget of $49.2 million after receiving no comments during a public hearing. The District’s property tax asking next year will be reduced nearly 37 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation, which marks the 9th consecutive year that the local community college property tax…

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Wheels in motion for building renovation, football field resurfacing

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors met in special session this week to move forward with a building renovation project for Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and to approve an agreement for resurfacing and shared use of the Iowa Falls Community School District’s football and soccer field. No comments were…

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Tax levy reduction, ECC remodel project top Board agenda

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved a budget estimate for 2018-2019, 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 FY19 budget estimate and explained variances from the FY18 estimated budget. One of the…

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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…

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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…

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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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IVCCD Board nomination papers due July 30