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George Johnson

Reflections as MCC’s May 10 graduation approaches

By George Johnson Even though I’ve taught for 32 years at Marshalltown Community College, I still get emotional about one of the greatest events in any student’s life: Graduation. That night, graduates march in and the memories begin. They cross the stage all smiles for family and friends, and as the emotions flow, so do…

Jon Nunez

The journey toward success

By Jon Núñez The meaning of the word “success” depends greatly on the individual and his/her circumstances. No matter who you are, where you come from, or your skill level, the Iowa Valley Education & Training Center (ETC) is here to help you gain the skills you need to achieve your educational goals. For some…

Larry Johnson

Open letter to the voters of Iowa Valley Community College District

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Iowa Valley Community College District I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support in the most recent bond referendum.  A special thank you to those who were supportive.  We would also say thank you as well to those who, for their…

Dr. Chris Duree

IVCCD’s Bond Referendum: A Critical Need

By Dr. Chris Duree On Feb. 13, the Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling for a special election on April 2, 2019, for voters to approve a bond issue not to exceed $32 million (cost is $3.38 per month extra for an $100,000 assessed home value)….

Rachael Koehler

The making of an Edventure

By Rachael Koehler Edventure, Iowa Valley Continuing Education’s course schedule, contains course offerings that enhance career development and deepen personal enrichment. Our mission is to provide courses that increase your skills and knowledge to boost job productivity and career potential or fulfill personal desires. As an IVCE Program Developer, I look for courses that are…

Cindy Schulte

The legislative priorities of Iowa’s community colleges

By Cindy Schulte After the Iowa Legislature adjourns, Iowa’s Community College Presidents and Trustees review the activity of the past session and look to the future to identify issues that impact the statewide system before they prepare for the upcoming session. The list of legislative priorities are established based on the critical needs of the…

Angie Redmond

MCC is focused on Student Success & Retention

By Angie Redmond The issues of student success and retention are something on which all colleges across the United States are focused. The goal of retention is to have students remain enrolled from fall to spring semester and from first year to second year. Retention and student success are campus-wide strategic initiatives at Marshalltown Community…

Jennifer Rice

PACE turns educational dreams into reality

By Jennifer Rice Returning to school, whether for your high school equivalency diploma (HSED) or a college degree, presents numerous barriers for many students. Financial concerns – not just how to pay for school, but how to pay all of the everyday bills – can make attending school seem like an impossibility. Then there are…

Bob Untiedt

Orpheum asks for an exchange of commitments

By Bob Untiedt Earlier this year, a senior manager at a large company, new to town, mentioned that he and his family came to a movie the Orpheum had offered for free to his child’s elementary school. He said that he was not looking forward to this very much, but his kid really wanted to…

Dr. Robin Lilienthal

Financing a college education

By Dr. Robin Lilienthal For most people a college education is a significant financial commitment. According to a Lumina Foundation report, only 25 percent of American adults believe that college is affordable for all. The Iowa College Aid Commission reports that because of the perception that college is too expensive, many potential students don’t even…

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