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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…

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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Attitude Check: ‘Tell Me Something Good!’

By Dr. Chris Duree As the Iowa State Fair draws to a close each August, those of us who are passionate about our work in the field of education are anxious for the return of our faculty and students. Throughout Iowa Valley Community College District, there is an obvious renewed sense of excitement as our…

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…

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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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…

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…

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…

Jacque Goodman

Help wanted!

By Jacque Goodman Help wanted … the signs are everywhere! As one walks into the grocery store, convenience store or restaurants, many are looking for HELP. Even with fewer people, organizations try to maintain the same level of service. From this point forward, service is going to be what boosts top companies above the competition….

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IVCCD Board nomination papers due July 30