IVCCD Board Report – August 10 Meeting


MARSHALLTOWN –The IVCCD Board of Directors approved the contract between the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance and Jason Tetlak to install a mural on the wall of the Orpheum Theater. The mural, part of a city-wide beautification effort, is funded entirely by the Arts and Culture Alliance and is supported by the Marshalltown Community School District which will take ownership of the building this fall. Though IVCCD still owns the Orpheum, it is currently used by the Marshall County courts for overflow court proceedings.


The Board voted to continue the partnership with two health service providers on the Ellsworth Community College campus. McFarland Clinic will continue to provide nursing services to students on campus, including, but not limited to vaccinations for faculty/staff and students as well as health education seminars and sports physicals.

The Board also approved a continuation with Achieve Mental Health Inc. to provide mental health services for students. This is the third year they have provided mental health services to students, and their services can be accessed in The Hub or via telehealth.


IVCCD’s strategic action project this upcoming year expands work-based learning initiatives by increasing internship and apprenticeship opportunities for students. MaryAnne Nickle, Dean of Iowa Valley Grinnell, and Jacque Goodman, Vice President, Business and Community Solutions presented and emphasized the importance of business engagement and K-12 involvement for successful initiatives. The examples that were shared include the Alliant Energy Pre-Apprenticeship program, the Building and Grounds Leadership program with Marshalltown Community School District, the Paraeducator Apprenticeship with multiple school districts and the JBS IGNITE Industrial Maintenance Program.

In addition, high school students have significant opportunities for career exploration through career academies and work-based learning courses for college credit. In the past two years, MCC has added career academies in construction, culinary, and early childhood education. At ECC students have an opportunity to explore careers in healthcare through a partnership with Hansen Family Hospital and a culinary practicum in the Iowa Falls-Alden Cadet kitchen. All of these projects emerged from workforce needs in the business community. MaryAnne and Jacque ended the presentation partnership opportunities requested within the last week for the meat processing industry, broadband industry, and advanced manufacturing specific to robotics.


With the renovations nearing completion on both campuses, the District is inviting the public to visit campus. A Grand Reopening and Open House is scheduled in Marshalltown on September 15 from 3:30-5:30 pm, and will feature updates to the conference center and Dejardin Hall, the renovated BJ Harrison Library, the Ray Frederick gallery, and new Esports computer lab. The Grand Reopening and Open House at Ellsworth will happen on September 14, and will feature updates to the Dittmer Athletic Complex. The event is scheduled from 3:00 – 5:00 and will precede the Board Meeting.


The next regular board meeting is scheduled for September 14, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom.