MARSHALLTOWN Jennifer Wilson, Director of Adult Literacy Programs, gave an update on staffing, programming and student successes at the new Iowa Valley Tama County Education Center during this month's meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors. Just open since September, the Tama Center has enrolled 10 students in high school completion training, with five of them graduating last month. The Center also has 15 students enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
With 21 percent of the 18- to 24-year-old population in Tama County having less than a high school diploma, the Tama Center has set some significant over-arching goals. Wilson said the goals include increasing the number of ESL services provided, transitioning ESL students to high school completion courses, and transitioning high school completion graduates to post-secondary educational programs and/or job training programs. She explained that newly-allocated state resources will help fund staffing, technology, curriculum development and professional staff development to meet these new goals.
In action items, the Board: set a Feb. 5 public hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated costs for an extensive Marshalltown Community College/Iowa Valley facility renovation; approved a new policy on examination of public records; approved an agreement with Marshalltown Community School District whereby MCC provides college level instruction to MHS students; and approved the Board's 2014-15 annual meeting calendar.
IVCCD Chancellor Chris Duree reported to the Board that a very positive feedback report has been received from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a result of its recent quality check-up visit to Iowa Valley. The HLC, which is the organization that accredits community colleges, raised no questions or concerns in the feedback report. Duree said the HLC examiners were complimentary of Iowa Valley and its quality improvement and strategic planning initiatives. He said they were also impressed with the District's renewed commitment to quality improvement as demonstrated over the past four years. A copy of the HLC feedback report is posted on Iowa Valley's website.
Eight donations were accepted by the IVCCD Board: letters and signage for the Jean Seberg display from Nancy Adams to the Orpheum Theater Center; $100 each from Gary and Monica Fulton and Jim and Bonnie Grimmius to the Friends of the Orpheum Fund; two miter saw stands from Andrew Schmidt to the MCC construction technology program; an oral camera and cart from Fort Des Moines Dental to the MCC dental assisting program; an anonymous $500 donation to the Friends of the Orpheum Fund; and three and nine months' rent, respectively, from Tom and Mary Curley and Dan Kester for costume storage for the Orpheum Theater.
The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 pm in Marshalltown.