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It’s been a transformative year at Iowa Central

College starts the new academic year as a strong, vibrant institution

August 29, 2010
Messenger News

Over the past year, Iowa Central has seen some major transformation that has made us an even stronger institution. This wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the help from our Area V constituents, our business partners, and our private supporters. It is thanks to you that Iowa Central Community College continues to be one of the top educational institutions in Iowa.

Bioscience and Health Sciences Building

Last fall we opened a state-of- the-art Bioscience and Health Science facility with modern chemistry, microbiology and biofuels labs. This building also added new lab space for the Medical Lab Technician, Medical Assistant and the Radiologic Technician programs, which has allowed us to strengthen our health science programs. Moving those programs to the new space has allowed us to totally remodel the old nursing area on the second floor of the Applied Science and Technology building, which will be completed by this fall. Our nursing and nurse aid students will benefit from the upgrade by having three classroom/labs equipped with beds, wall mounts, to mock a hospital setting. We also purchased new mannequins. The fourth lab with an adjacent observation room will see the addition of high fidelity simulators later this year.

In collaboration with the University of Iowa, we have added Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resource Imagery (MRI) programs to bring the much needed technicians to our service area. We are also exploring the addition of two new programs for the fall of 2011 - Pharmacy Technician and Physical Therapy Assistant.

The new bioscience labs have enabled us to work with Boehringer Ingelheim to customize coursework to allow their employees to further their education and to develop new skills. The continued success of Boehringer Ingelheim in our community will require a highly skilled work force and a strong partnership with Iowa Central to provide the education needed for an ever-changing work force.

In July we received word that our Fuel Testing Laboratory achieved a BQ-9000 certification. This is the first fuel testing laboratory to receive this certification. This lab will provide timely and cost-effective fuel testing services to U.S. Department of Agriculture and private businesses.

Crimmins Center

Iowa Central has made a major investment and improvements to the Crimmins Center. This fall we will open our new and expanded welding lab for our welding program. The new welding area includes construction of 30 booths, a computer lab and an addition of classroom space. Plans are now in the works for the addition of a new program in the fall of 2011 - auto restoration, which will also occupy space in the Crimmins Center. Not only have we made major improvements inside the building we continue our beautification plan around the building to include newly planted trees, which line 11th Avenue Southwest. We will also be adding additional parking and new lights during the upcoming year.

Student Resource Center

Construction of the new Student Resource Center was completed this summer. This new center is a much-needed space for both our commuter and residential students.

The Student Resource Center will host our new combined library, student success center and testing facility on the east side. The new combined resource center will not only help students, but will also take care of a concern the accreditation team had about accessibility and age of our old library.

The 6,000-plus students who either commute or live on campus will - for the first time in many years - have adequate and welcoming space to study, relax or socialize in their student center.

Webster City Center

Iowa Central is a driver of economic development in our region and we will continue to work with our region to retrain displaced workers for re-entry into the work force. Iowa Central partnered with the Iowa Workforce Development to hire a trade program specialist, to work directly with individuals who have been displaced from their current position and assist them in training into a new career. Currently we are working with 280 Trade Act students so that we can continue to build the needed skilled work force for our region.

Iowa Central is also committed to grow our Webster City Center. The addition of a 30-person computer lab and 24 additional notebooks will boost the center's technology. New computer classes will help improve computer skills for those entering the work force or continuing their education. In addition, we added new exterior lighting to improve safety and secure accessibility to the center.

This fall, Iowa Central will partner with the Webster City High School building and trade classes.

Students will construct an ADA bathroom at the center and extend a garage at the center.

Our nursing program continues to be a strength as 22 graduated from the Webster City/ Goldfield center this year.

Storm Lake Center

Iowa Central continues to grow at the Storm Lake Center. We are remodeling space in the AEA building to allow for new classrooms for our GED and ESL programs. Enrollment at the Storm Lake Charter School continues to be strong, as students have the opportunity to earn college credit through Iowa Central.

Our partnership with Buena Vista for the nursing program continues to prosper. This June, the Storm Lake Center graduated 19 health care professionals.

Working with Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Iowa Central developed a short-term truck driving CDL class, MIG wire welding and office secretarial classes to develop a skilled work force for the area.

On Aug. 17, we had a grand opening to celebrate the completion of the Student Resource Center and other campus improvements.

We invite you to come onto campus and reacquaint yourself with "your Iowa Central." This year we will host our first-ever homecoming and alumni weekend on Sept. 17-19.

Dr. Dan Kinney is president of Iowa Central Community College.



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