Faculty have returned to our campuses, our admissions offices are working feverishly to register students, and all of the last minute details are in full swing as we launch another academic year at our colleges. Next to graduation, the return of our students and the excitement generated from everyone being back is a time to celebrate and remind ourselves of why we do what we do.
Iowa Valley Community College District has received some nice recognition over the last few years: we garnered outstanding accreditation reviews, we've been named one of Iowa's Top Workplaces, and we've helped our graduates moving on to four-year colleges achieve the most successful transfer rate of all the Iowa community colleges.
The accolades our colleges have received can only happen if we have a highly dedicated workforce committed to our institutional mission to provide quality learning experiences and ensure the success of our students, and a belief in our core values of Educational Excellence, Leadership and Communication, Partnerships, Recognition & Success, Growth, and Quality. In fact, our recognition of the outstanding performance of our employees during our annual All Staff Day is grounded in these core values. Nominated by their peers, the following individuals were this year's recipients:
Ambassador of the Year: Marshalltown community members Matt and Paula Pisney and Matthew and Satomi Hoven for their service and commitment to MCC's international students over the last five years.
Educational Excellence: Marshalltown Community College faculty member Nancy Adams for her commitment to providing a stimulating environment, accommodating different learning styles, valuing diversity, and preparing students to be successful citizens in a global society.
Leadership & Communication: Ellsworth Community College faculty member Greg Hodak for his leadership in working with faculty, staff, and administration to promote Ellsworth to the Iowa Falls community.
Recognition & Success: MCC plant services employee Antonio Marquez for his commitment to IVCCD's core values and ensuring our internal and external customers have a pleasant experience on our campuses.
Quality: Our entire IVCCD Plant Services team for their teamwork and commitment to continuously quality improvement and their dedication towards enhancing our buildings and grounds.
Chancellor's Award: ECC Plant Services Supervisor Byron Steiber for going well above and beyond in everything he does for IVCCD.
We are proud of our employees and their commitment to why we exist our students. IVCCD is off to a great start for the new school year, and we will strive to advance our mission in the coming year!