Diversity Week at Iowa Western
Iowa Western Community College's weeklong diversity focus brought in trainings, panels, and speakers, including one New York poet.
"I love people, I care about people, and I'm fascinated by learning more about the people that I encounter," said speaker and poet Carlos Andres Gomez during his visit to Iowa Western during Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion week. "More than anything my hope is to go into rooms of strangers and build connections in humanity and empathy between people."
Iowa Valley Powerline Alumni Return: Help with Incoming Class Orientation
Some Community College alumni believe in their program so much, that they return to assist in incoming class orientations. Two Marshalltown Community College graduates of the Powerline program did just that, when requested by Doug Curren, Powerline Technician Faculty.
MCC alumnus Ethan Ronnebaum commented: "Doug makes the program. Under his guidance in just a year, I can see how much it is improving. There is a lot of potential and it's going to continue to improve. MCC's program really is a blessing."
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College Student Mental Health
Statistics show a large portion of our student population deal with a mental health disorder. Treating mental health is incredibly important, and unfortunately stigmas often prevent those suffering from seeking help. The good news is that all 15 of our Community Colleges offer mental health services and are ready to help.
AACC's Community College View
American Association of Community Colleges's President and CEO, Walter Bumphus, discusses a broad view of the challenges and opportunities Community Colleges across the country are facing.
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Taking College Courses While in High School = Positive Impact
According to an Iowa Department of Education report, high school students who take college credit are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education after graduation and earn a degree or credential.
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