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Iowa Valley Board receives more Utility Technician program funds

January 2, 2013
By Robin Anctil - Director of Marketing, Iowa Valley Community College District , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

MARSHALLTOWN The IVCCD Board approved receipt of an additional $47,500 in state funding for Iowa Valley's successful Utility Technician program at its December meeting.

IVCE Vice Chancellor Jacque Goodman told the Board, "Our Utility Technician program is so successful that we were encouraged by the state to apply for this additional funding, which has to be spent by June 30, 2013." It was reported that graduates of the technical training program have a 75 percent employment rate, and that the majority are employed in Iowa.

"Word is spreading about this program, and enrollment continues to be strong," explained Lori Wildman, IVCE Workforce Education Coordinator. "The energy sector employers are active promoters, even doing mock interviews with our students they certainly want more of our graduates. And the graduates are making as much as $32 an hour, which is a great wage!"

In other matters, the Board approved an early retirement incentive policy for qualified employees reaching the age of 55 by June 30, 2013, and having been continually employed by IVCCD on at least a half-time basis for at least the most recent ten consecutive years.

The retirement incentive policy, which sunsets as of July 1, 2013, applies only to qualified employees retiring as of June 30, 2013. The Board also approved a standard modification to the Workforce Investment Act/WIA Region 6 Master Agreement; approved agreements with CAL Community School District and South Hardin Community School District to provide college-level instruction for their high school students; and approved fee changes for the MCC Dental Clinic due to increased costs.

Numerous donations were accepted by the Board, including: $5,000 worth of HP servers donated by Fisher Controls International to the MCC Computer Networking program; a $750 in-kind donation of accommodations, food and travel for a guest of the Jean Seberg International Film Festival; $300 in labor donated by 9th Street Gallery to frame the key for the Jean Seberg presentation; and $200 donated by Dr. Christopher and Brenda Duree for the purchase of a Christmas Tree for the Orpheum Theater Center. Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center donated $5,000 and Terry Kluck (for Zeno's Pizza) donated $1,000 for the Orpheum's Martha-Ellen Tye Matching Grant Fund. Several individuals also made personal donations to the Orpheum's Matching Grant Fund.

IVCCD Board Chairman Conrad Dejardin noted that, "All the gifts and support to the District and its programs are very impressive, and greatly appreciated."

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the IVCCD Administrative Office in Marshalltown.



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