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IVCCD Board Meeting Minutes – April 22

IVCCD Board Approves Jobs Training Agreements

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors learned about hands-on education opportunities available to students through two jobs training programs available with local businesses. All opportunities were approved by the Board.

The Board learned the benefits of continuing a jobs training agreement between ASI Signs in Grinnell, Iowa and Iowa Valley Community College District. ASI Signs/Latimer Associates, Inc. has 78 employees and specializes in architectural signage and digital graphics including wayfinding. This is the 9th contract with ASI Signs, dating back to May of 1992. They plan to train 33 employees on topics including leadership training, skill assessment, color management, LogoJet operator training, 3M LG graphic installation training, PD workflow improvement, field installer training, certified CPR training, and marketing.

The Board also learned the benefits of a jobs training program with Barnhart Electric in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Barnhart Electric has 17 employees and provides electrical, plumbing, and HVAC installation to residential, agricultural, and commercial businesses. They plan to train 9 employees mainly to get state-approved CEUs for plumbing and mechanical and electrical. This is the 6th contract with Barnhart Electric, dating back to April of 2006, but they haven’t had a contract with us since 2015.

Additionally, the Board learned the benefits of continuing a jobs training agreement with Montezuma Manufacturing in Montezuma, Iowa. Montezuma Manufacturing has 171 employees and specializes in supplying metal stampings and robotic weld assemblies to the automotive industry. They plan to train 42 employees on many different trainings including all levels of Excel computer training, Link/Press Safety, PLC training, Motor Controls, Auto CAD, Siemens Training Suite, Rockwell Safety PLC, Power BI/Power Query, National SHRM Conference for Human Resources Manager, and Link Electric & Safety Control OSHA Seminar. This is the 6th contract with Montezuma Manufacturing. The first contract was May of 2002.

IVCCD Board Reviews Information Gathering Request for IT Infrastructure

The Board also heard a request for network assessment services by DataVizion. A full network assessment will be conducted to determine the current state of the District’s network (wired and wireless). The results will be used to develop an updated network design that follows industry best practices. This design will be incorporated into a request for proposal (RFP) for the bond referendum network infrastructure refresh project.

Responding to COVID-19

The Board heard details of the CARES Act, which provides funding for students and the college to offset the financial impact of COVID-19. Funds will be awarded to students in the form of grants, and the college will use funds to improve distance learning opportunities. Chancellor Dr. Kristie Fisher shared an overview of how each department in the IVCCD has collaborated to ensure that educational outcomes are maintained while distance learning.

Bond Issue

Work groups have begun meeting with OPN Architects to discuss the scope of the renovation to the campuses in Marshalltown, Iowa Falls and Grinnell locations.

The IVCCD Board went into closed session to discuss collective bargaining but took no action upon returning to open session.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be Wednesday, May 13, at 4:00 p.m. via video conference.

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