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Sector Strategies align programs with workforce needs

By Jacque Goodman Iowa Valley recognizes the importance of bringing together community partners to identify and align programs and strategies to meet current workforce demands. For the past three years, IVCCD has been involved in the implementation of sector partnerships. Sector partnerships align education, economic, and workforce development systems to address industry recognized labor market…

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Student success relies greatly on student engagement

By Chris Brees Marshalltown Community College (MCC) recognizes the impact of students’ broader experiences, not restricted to those shaped by curriculum only. It is through these experiences that encouragement of interaction between fellow students, faculty and staff begins. MCC understands the direct relationship between a positive student experience and retention. Iowa Valley Community College District…

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Iowa’s Community Colleges should be a top priority

By Cindy Schulte and Kathy Pink This year, Iowa’s Community Colleges will celebrate 50 years of exceptional dedication in providing high quality educational programs and services accessible to all Iowans. Iowa’s Community Colleges have provided a great rate of return on the investment of state funding by training a highly-skilled workforce that meets the demands…

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ECC TRIO program is getting results

Ellsworth Community College recently received approval for a federal TRIO-SSS grant for the 2015-2020 funding cycle. TRIO is a program designed to improve retention and graduation rates among first generation, low income, and disabled college students. Historically, these populations have been particularly vulnerable in higher education as they often enter college without the personal resources to…

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Iowa Valley’s mission to meet workforce needs

By Deb Hawks & April Forbes Pre-employment training is a proven method to identify the best applicants and train potential employees on key skills needed for a job. Iowa Valley Continuing Education’s pre-employment programs include assessment of applicants specific to the needs of the employer and development of customized training. A number of pre-employment training…

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Measuring student success in community colleges

By Dr. Lisa Breja Local students enroll in community colleges for a variety of reasons. Many students enroll with the intent to complete a degree or certificate while others enroll to meet a personal or educational goal – transfer to a four-year institution, find a job, or obtain a specific skill. Over the past three decades,…

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A new year and a renewed commitment

By Dr. Chris Duree For those of us who work in the field of education, August defines the return of students, faculty and staff. Our parking lots and buildings come alive with the excitement of starting another school year. There is no better time for everyone throughout our college district to renew their commitment to…

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Developing a college-going culture

By Dr. Chris Duree, IVCCD Chancellor I recently had the privilege of listening to New York Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, who emphasized the importance of our country maximizing the enormous amount of human talent that we have coming out of our high schools. He noted what those of us who work in Iowa’s community…

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Will President Obama’s ‘America’s College Promise’ proposal survive?

By Dr. Chris Duree, IVCCD Chancellor In January, President Obama delivered a bold proposal entitled “America’s College Promise: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students.” Needless to say, the proposal caused a ripple effect of seismic proportions. President Obama’s basic philosophical premise is based on the idea that the first two years of college should be…

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Career- and College-Ready: Did you know?

By Dr. Chris Duree, IVCCD Chancellor As a parent, I believe most of us want our children to be successful throughout their lifetime. I have yet to meet a parent who says, “I want my child to fail in school and live a life of poverty.” Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends and students ……

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