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Education & Training Center success recognized

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MARSHALLTOWN – Staff and students at the Iowa Valley Education & Training Center, 206 E. Church St., were pleased to learn during a recent visit from the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) that they have some of the highest success rates in the state. DOE officials said Iowa Valley’s Post-Test Rate of 76.94% and Educational Functional Gain Level of 53.75% are the best in Iowa. The DOE sets annual goals for each community college adult education program, and the ETC has now achieved 100% of its goals for three consecutive years.

The Iowa Valley ETC provides Adult Basic Education/High School Completion, English as a Second Language, and Citizenship classes for area residents.

The Post-Test Rate of 76.94% far exceeded the ETC’s own goal of 60% and was 7 percentage points higher than the next highest rate of 69.94 at Northwest Iowa Community College. The rate is based on ETC students’ improvement from their initial placement test scores to the post-test scores after they’ve attended classes for at least 40 hours. ETC students are tested up to three times each year to document progress and encourage students to stay in classes and complete their personal educational goals.

The Educational Functional Gain Level (53.75%) is calculated as students move within the programs to higher levels; for example, when an ESL Level 1 student moves on to Level 2, 3, etc.

“We keep track of these numbers from month to month,” explains Iowa Valley’s Director of Adult Literacy Programs, Jon Nunez. “The Department of Education visits regularly and shares how we compare to other colleges in the state. The numbers show that our staffs’ and students’ hard work is really paying off.”

The Iowa Department of Education visits each of the community college Adult Basic Education centers across the state every three to four years. The purpose of the visit is to fulfill requirements for the Iowa DOE to monitor the federally funded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) for performance, fiscal management, and policy compliance. During the visit, the DOE met with ETC teachers/staff and core partners in the community. They also met with ESL and HSED students to learn about their experiences and successes. Nunez said the DOE was particularly impressed with the relationships between the students and their teachers, with one student declaring that “this school is like my second home.”

“It has taken a lot of teamwork to get these results,” says Nunez. “I think during the DOE visit we demonstrated how much everyone has been involved at all levels to achieve this kind of success.”

DOE representatives thanked the ETC staff for their hard work, dedication, passion, and adherence to DOE program policies.

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