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IVCCD Board action focuses on partnerships

July 27, 2010
By Gloria D. Stewart, Supervisor, Media Relations Iowa Valley Community College District
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - MARSHALLTOWN – When the Iowa Valley Community College Board of Directors met July 14, many of its action items reflected a portion of the District’s mission statement that places a priority on building community partnerships.

The board approved an agreement with the Solid Waste Management Commission of Marshall County (SWMCMC) to provide “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” education in the service area that includes all of Marshall County, and the cities of Collins and Whitten.

Pam Blake is employed by the District for 19 hours a week with the salary reimbursed by SWMCMC. Joe Robertson, SWMCMC manager said the 17-year partnership has been a great benefit to the Commission and it appreciates the support IVCCD gives the program.

An agreement with the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors to provide a work activity program at the Poweshiek County Career Development Center was approved. This partnership had been serving the community for more than 30 years and currently has 16 adults enrolled in the Grinnell program.

The IVCCD Board approved another year of a partnership that started in 1994 with the Iowa Falls Community School District to provide alternative education program for high school students and dropouts.

Chris Duree, IVCCD Chancellor, noted that the program serves students who choose to take a different path to get their education. The Board also approved another partnership with IFCSD, for use of the football and baseball fields and related support facilities for Ellsworth Community College athletics.

The Board approved an agreement for the construction of a residential dwelling through the Marshalltown Community College carpentry program during the 2010-2011 academic year for Michael and Kristen Needham in the rural Melbourne area.

Since 1976 the Tiger Tots Child Care Center has been located on the MCC campus and is operated by Marshall County Child Care Services. The 3-year agreement with Tiger Tots benefits students enrolled in the MCC early childhood education program as well as the convenience of on-campus childcare for college students.

Board president Conrad Dejardin added that having the children on campus provides the opportunity for multigenerational activities such as the Creative Retirement program by the Blank Park Zoo.

Six agreements were approved for 260F Iowa Jobs Training for IVCCD to provide employee training in response to the needs of community businesses.

Iowa Select Farms in Iowa Falls plans to train 10 employees in Microsoft Office software, swine technology, swine management, swine maintenance and general swine production. RS Stover Company of Marshalltown has requested training for 19 employees on business and technical writing, negotiations, safety, management training and CPA recertification.

Ryerson of Marshalltown plans to train 14 employees in welding, safety and Microsoft office software. Barnhart Electric of Iowa Falls, will train six employees in HVAC/Mechanical code, Plumbing & Electrical Code and safety.

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company in Grinnell plans to train 150 employees on a Learning Management System, Management /Leadership, Negotiation and Underwriter Coverage Training. InterFace

Sealing Solutions of Marshalltown plans to train 25 employees in ISO, management, lean and Microsoft Excel.

The board set a date to award bids for the plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated cost for the Reg Johnson Roof Replacement on the ECC campus for Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. in the District Office Board Room.

It also approved the substantial completion of the 2009 drainage project at IVCCD Grinnell that will ensure the facility’s safety in the event of a flash flood as experienced in 2008.

In other business, the board approved an agreement with McGladrey and Pullen, LLP for auditing services in FY 2010-2011.

The board also approved an invoice for software from EZ Facility for a point of sales system for the Dale Howard Family Activity Center to track membership.

The original software accommodated the anticipated membership of 300, however, membership has grown to 2,700 persons, requiring a more efficient method of tracking activity.

The IVCCD Board will meet on Wednesday Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. in the District Office Board Room in Marshalltown.



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