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Iowa Valley Board approves Jeld-Wen new jobs training

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved a $655,000 Iowa New Jobs Training Agreement with Jeld-Wen Inc. of Grinnell when it met this month.

Jacque Goodman, Vice Chancellor of Iowa Valley Continuing Education, told the Board that Jeld-Wen is creating 150 new jobs across its customer care, doors and windows divisions. Jeld-Wen has renovated some of its facilities to accommodate the growth, and Goodman says she hopes addition new job training projects will continue to be developed.

The Iowa Valley Board also approved a revised Master Agreement with the Iowa Valley Community College Education Association, covering faculty at Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College, and Iowa Valley Grinnell for the 2015-2016 academic year. Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Colleen Springer told the Board that the new agreement includes changes to the timing of when sick leave for faculty is credited, establishes a study committee to review faculty overload and online teaching, establishes a study committee to review the list of extra duties for faculty, and updates the FY16 salary schedule for faculty. The Board Policy Guideline related to faculty salary schedules was updated at the same time the master agreement was approved.

Steve Muntz, Director of McTV and MCC Broadcast Technology faculty members, told the Board about McTV and its programming, which has been on the air for more than 30 years. McTV is a local access cable channel for viewers in Marshalltown, LeGrand and Green Mountain. It’s operated through Iowa Valley Continuing Education and funded by the city of Marshalltown with cable franchise fees. McTV offers a variety of local programming including Discover Marshalltown and broadcasts of local city council meetings and athletic events. The programming is created and produced by Craig Schwartz, McTV Assistant, as well as Muntz and his MCC Broadcast Technology students.

In other matters, the Board: accepted grants for $220,000 for the ECC TRIO program and $145,350 for the MCC TRIO program from the U.S. Department of Education; approved a grant agreement for partial funding ($252,145) of several Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs administered by IVCCD; approved a license agreement with EverFi to provide annual and ongoing sexual abuse prevention education to all college students and staff; recognized Dr. Martin Reimer, the new ECC Provost, who began his duties on Aug. 10; recognized MCC Bookstore Manager Meghan Finnell-Tomlinson for completing her master’s degree from Grand View University; and accepted the donation of a Jean Seberg print and framing from Nancy Adams.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 4 pm in Iowa Falls.

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