Iowa Valley Celebrates Community College Month in April
Wednesday / March 31, 2021
The Iowa Valley Community College District celebrates Community College Month throughout April. The primary goals of Community College Month are to improve awareness of the economic, academic, and equity advantages of attending community colleges.
“The past year has proved beyond any doubt that our college is absolutely vital to our community and our state,” said Dr. Kristie Fisher, Chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District. “Community College Month is an opportunity to reach out into both and to demonstrate not only that community colleges should be the first choice of many college-goers, but why community colleges are first-class institutions that are vital to our local and state economies.”
Public community colleges are a uniquely American educational model that was designed to guarantee access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all people. They are the primary educators of life-saving nursing and other healthcare professionals among many others. They also serve as an onramp to bachelor’s, master’s, and higher-level degrees for many students, and particularly for the most demographically and socioeconomically diverse students. They guarantee fair admissions for all students. They offer supports for adult students who have to work to support their families. And without community colleges, many American students would not be able to access higher education at all.
“Community colleges are engines of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. “They give opportunities to all students, and they support all students throughout their educations, whether they attend to attain an associate degree or certificate, intend to transfer on for a bachelor’s or higher degree, or they take one or a few courses to learn a new skill or expand their horizons.”
Watch the social media outlets of Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College, and Iowa Valley Grinnell for specific events and activities. The hashtag #CCMonth will designate Community College Month activities.