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Dejardin retires, Mallory is new IVCCD Board President

Conrad Dejardin photo

Conrad Dejardin

It was an emotional and action-packed Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors’ meeting this month as retiring Board President Conrad Dejardin bade farewell to his colleagues, new and re-elected Board members took the oath of office, and a moment of silence was observed for the victims of last week’s shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

As he presided over his final Board meeting, Dejardin began with a moment of silence for Umpqua Community College. He then thanked the Board for his farewell celebration, for the planting of an Autumn Blaze Maple tree in his honor, and for his time with Iowa Valley. “I started (working) here in 1966, and Peggy and I celebrated our 60th anniversary last week. When I see a good thing, I stick with it!” Dejardin asserted.

“This is my second retirement from IVCCD,” he continued. “I remember saying at my retirement in 1996 that it’s all about relationships, the people we work with and for. It has been a pleasure to share some great memories today, and during recent days as this day approached, with the many people who played a role in this process. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on this Board, and I am proud to have played some small part in this noble educational endeavor. Best wishes to you all for continued success.”

The IVCCD Board presented Dejardin with a plaque in recognition of his 17 years of service, nine of those as Board President.

Yvonne Mallory photo

Yvonne Mallory

As the new Board of Directors was organized, Yvonne Mallory of Toledo was elected Board President and Larry Johnson of Iowa Falls was elected Vice President. New Board member Chris Brodin of Marshalltown (who replaces retiring Board President Dejardin) and re-elected Board members Johnson, Paul Pohlson (Grinnell), and Deb Crosser (Eldora) took their oaths of office. Board Secretary Barb Jennings and Treasurer Kathy Pink were also administered their oaths of office.

The Board accepted a $25,000 grant from the National Fluid Power Association’s Education & Technology Foundation, which will be used to defray part of the cost of a hydraulics troubleshooting trainer for Marshalltown Community College’s Electro-Mechanical Systems Technology program. Grant writers MCC Provost Dr. Robin Shaffer Lilienthal and Faculty Member Jack Aker were thanked for their efforts to secure the funding.

In other recognitions, the Board congratulated Abby Von Fumetti and Rebecca Peterson, faculty members who completed National Quality Matters certification for their online classes; Barbara Hall, Grinnell faculty, for becoming the campus Blackboard champion and working with high school instructors and students to familiarize them with the new online learning platform prior to the start of fall term classes; Michell Klinker-Feld and Katie Johnson, Iowa Valley Grinnell Student Success Specialists, for accomplishing six student orientations this fall; and 64 MCC faculty, administrators, students and staff who helped with MCC’s Oktemberfest Parade entry.

The Board approved three Iowa Jobs Training Agreements: 1) a $15,000 agreement with Hawkins Electrical Service of Marshalltown to train 14 employees in safety, apprenticeship, computer and technology training, welding and electrical; 2) a $20,000 agreement with JBS Swift of Marshalltown to train 100 employees in industrial maintenance and welding; and 3) a $15,000 agreement with Bruin Manufacturing of Marshalltown to train eight employees in technical tool & die, CNC, safety, and computer use.

Also related to new jobs training, the Board approved a resolution for a $160,000 260E Iowa New Jobs Training Agreement with Menards in Marshalltown. Menards is building a manufacturing facility on South 18th Avenue where wooden floor and roof trusses will be built, and the agreement will provide training for 43 new jobs.

The IVCCD Board also approved a resolution on the publication of notice for the proposed issuance of the Iowa New Jobs Training Certificates, both for the Menards project and for a training project with Jeld-Wen of Grinnell (approved at the Board’s September meeting) not to exceed $1 million. Electronic bidding procedures were established by the Board, and the issuance of the certificates will be voted on at a special meeting on Nov. 4.

In other matters, the Board also approved: a new Board Policy granting college credit for prior learning through assessment; an agreement with Haila Architecture (Ames) for renovation of the MCC Student Union (being funded by a private $1 million gift to the college); a gunsmith repair fee schedule; a lease agreement with Buena Vista University; and contracted services agreements with two area high schools for college-level training.

The next meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be a brief special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 4 pm in Marshalltown to approve a bond sale for economic development projects. That meeting will be followed by a Board Retreat at 4:30 pm.

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