Lifelong learning is essential in today’s changing world, and Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their personal and professional goals. Whether students need to refresh math skills or obtain their GED, IVCCD offers courses to help in Tama, Grinnell, Marshalltown and Iowa Falls. English as a Second Language is also available in several communities to assist in reducing language barriers. The philosophy of the IVCCD Adult Literacy Education program is to enhance the skills of individuals within our communities to better suit both their needs and the needs of our local employers.
Specifically, the Iowa Valley Community College District Education & Training Center (ETC) in Marshalltown has expanded into a community resource and training center. The purpose of the ETC is to provide resources, training, and technological services to the Marshalltown community so individuals can obtain better employment opportunities. By creating a highly skilled labor force through our various educational programs our community will be able to compete globally. Some of the programs and classes offered at the ETC are basic computer instruction, keyboarding, and Pre Certified Nurse’s Aide classes. In addition, there are ongoing technical classes ranging from welding, electrical, plumbing, and video production.
The Education & Training Center has exceptional instructors who design their classroom curriculum to meet the needs of the students while making learning fun. Our staff uses an assessment process to help students develop an individualized education plan so they can achieve their work or education goals. Development of new courses and evaluation of current courses is an ongoing process throughout our Adult Literacy programs. This helps to ensure that we continue to provide excellent services and deliver current curriculum that is aligned to the present educational trends.
Recently, the ETC underwent a building expansion project. This has allowed the development of several new programs and additional student and teacher resources. IVCCD plans to re-design current GED classes to incorporate new curriculum that will support the common core requirements and align students to career and college readiness standards.
By 2013 all students will be required to take their GED tests via the computer. Our new classrooms have allowed us to adjust our GED instruction to meet the needs of those students who lack the necessary keyboarding skills for GED completion.
Although many changes are coming for our educational programs, one thing stays the same: IVCCD is committed to helping our students succeed. If you have questions or would like to know more about the services and programs offered at IVCCD please call 641-754-1348 or visit our website: http://www.iavalley.edu/.
Subjects: Adult Education