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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…


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…


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…


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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IVCCD Board nomination papers due July 30