A big federal grant that is headed to community colleges throughout the state is good news for the Iowa Valley Community College District, specifically programs on the Marshalltown Community College campus.
Iowa Valley will get a $700,000 chunk of the $13 million grant to enhance skilled workforce training in Iowa.
A discussion on the grant was held during the monthly meeting of the Iowa Valley Board of Directors Wednesday in Marshalltown.
MCC will use the money to upgrade equipment and programs in welding and machine trades. The equipment will keep up with demand and industry standards, according to college staff.
"It's a really fantastic award for the state," said Iowa Valley Chancellor Chris Duree.
There was even more positive financial news for Iowa Valley discussed at the meeting. Kathy Pink, chief financial officer with the college district, said the general fund budget is looking healthy, even amid lower student enrollment revenue this year.
"We're pleased right now with how our general fund budget is looking," Pink said.
The next regular meeting of the college board is at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.