Iowa Central is an educational treasure

Graduates leave the college well-prepared to be successful in their future endeavors

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa.

Not only does the college provide affordable educational opportunities, but it also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers.

Today, about 600 students will graduate from Iowa Central during a commencement ceremony that begins at 4 p.m. at Hodges Fieldhouse.

One of the many measures of success for a college is the number or students who do more than simply take a few classes. When a significant proportion of the enrollees actually complete degree and/or assorted certification programs that is a strong indication that the institution is achieving its mission.

According to college Registrar Courtney Kopp, there are 405 declarations for associate of arts, associate of science and associate of general studies degrees for spring 2019 and summer 2019.

She added that there are 468 declarations for certificates, diplomas, associate of applied science, associate of applied arts and associate of professional studies degrees for spring 2019 and summer 2019.

All those declarations are, of course pending completion of all coursework.

Altogether there is a potential of 1,081 credentials that will be issued this academic year.

Some of these Iowa Central graduates will continue educational pursuits at four-year colleges. Others will enter the workforce or undertake further work-related specialized training. Whatever comes next, they leave Iowa Central well-prepared to be successful in their future endeavors.

The Messenger congratulates the graduates. We also take pride that such an outstanding educational institution is part of our community. Iowa Central Community College is without a doubt an educational treasure that is helping our town and region thrive.

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