College board updated on Tama adult learning center

The new Tama Adult Education and Literacy facility has been open for four months and is off to a good start, said Jennifer Wilson at the monthly meeting of the Iowa Valley Community College District board Wednesday.

Wilson, director of adult literacy for Iowa Valley, told the board they have already had five GED (high school diploma equivalency) graduates and 15 students in the English as Second Language program in Tama.

Wilson said statistics show that 21 percent of those adults from the ages of 18 to 24 are without a high school diploma in Tama County.

“We want to focus on that age group because that is our up and coming workforce,” Wilson said.

The Tama center is receiving more than $200,000 in state funds during the current fiscal year.

In other action, the college board approved setting a public hearing for Feb. 5 for the plans of the renovation of the health occupations and advanced manufacturing labs at Marshalltown Community College.

The project has an estimated cost of $2 million. That hearing will be at 4 p.m. at the next college board meeting, which is at district offices in Marshalltown.

Iowa Valley colleges were closed Monday due to the cold temperatures and wind chills. Brett Purvis, director of plant services for Iowa Valley, said there were nine incidents with broken water lines or heat pumps on Iowa Valley campuses as a result of the weather.