Community College Shadow Experiences
Did you know that Kirkwood Community College's Workplace Learning Connection offers virtual and in-person shadow experiences? Our Colleges offer these options as we want our training and education to be accessible to as many students as possible.
Early Childhood Education Concurrent Enrollment at SCC
These students from Central Lee High School are taking an Early Childhood Education class through Southeastern Community College, earning College credit while they are still in high school. They worked in small groups with the 3-year-old preschoolers during their visit, also checking out the SCC Learning Lab, Corse Childcare/Preschool site, as well as the Head Start site.
Governor Reynolds Awards $4 Million in Grants to 4 Community Colleges
Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education awarded $1 million competitive grants to selected Community Colleges. NIACC, Iowa Lakes Community College, Des Moines Area Community College, and Iowa Western each received $1 million to "increase access to career academy programs in high-demand fields." Students will benefit from "industry partnerships, earn high school and college credit and gain technical and academic skills offered through career and technical education programs." Congratulations, everyone!!!!
Student Legislative Seminar
2022 Student Legislative Seminar, January 26
7:30 AM Iowa State Capitol Rotunda
Invites will be sent to all Senators and Representatives so students can talk with them over coffee and donuts, and group leaders are also encouraged to schedule meetings with their legislators and take tours of the Capitol. Arrive early as you will want to catch Legislators before they gavel in for the day!
10:00 AM Curate Event Space - 322 E Court Avenue Des Moines
Shuttle vehicles should drop off their students at Curate and then park their vehicle at IACCT. Students will meet as one group for presentations with lunch being served around noon. Programming will run until 2:00 PM
What to Bring & Wear
Since we will all be gathering at the State Capitol before we meet as a group, please provide name tags for your attendees with their name and College. Of course, matching College shirts always have a great impact!
Please reach out if you have questions or need recommendations for hotels!
Below are links for scheduling tours at the Capitol, the legislators’ email directory, and additional legislative resources.
IACCT Event Link
ACCT National Legislative Summit in Washington D.C. Feb. 6-9
Preparing for NLS
Aligning Credit and Noncredit for Equity Online Workshop
Nationally, most Community Colleges offer non-credit workforce programs and credit-based programs that operate separately. While there are reasons for the separation of programs and some distinctions are in fact beneficial, other differences are simply default or arbitrary. And so, the two systems often exist separately, causing potential content duplication, lack of communication, and missed opportunities to collaborate and build pathways. Students enrolled in these programs are particularly impacted. Students in non-credit programs do not often have a direct pathway to continue their education on the credit side toward a degree. They are unlikely to receive credit for the learning that occurred in their non-credit program and unlikely to have access to financial aid or other means of funding for their education. The student experience in non-credit workforce programs is inequitable to that of students in credit programs in terms of their access to services, visibility, and representation across the institution. (From “A More Unified Community College,” ESG, 2020)
Iowa Community Colleges teams are invited to a special Zoom workshop on Friday, March 28th designed to help all Iowa Community Colleges identify a set of action steps or priorities to get started on aligning noncredit and credit programs on their campuses. The workshop, led by Education Strategy Group will include:
- Making the case for how aligning noncredit and credit programs is an equity issue;
- Aligning with current equity initiatives at the colleges and the association, among others; and
- Specific breakouts for those colleges that have begun aligning noncredit and credit and for those that aspire to, but have not yet started.
Register for this special session exclusively for Iowa Community College leaders today. Registration is free. Suggested attendees include presidents, vice presidents, academic deans or department heads, noncredit programs or department heads, registrar, advising, financial aid, institutional research, noncredit faculty, and credit faculty.
Education Strategy Group (ESG) is a mission-driven, national consulting firm specializing in K-12, higher education and workforce solutions. In 2020, ESG released, A More Unified Community College, a guide that details resources and best practices for community colleges to better align their noncredit and credit programs. ESG has a track record of presenting on this framework at national conferences and upon request to state systems and colleges. Past clients include the Association of Community College Trustees, Achieving the Dream, the National Council on Workforce Education, the Hawaii Community College System and the Texas Community College Association.