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Amanda Gram

One MCC student’s path to healthcare

MARSHALLTOWN – A quick moment in time can change a person’s life and educational goals forever. Recent Marshalltown Community College graduate Amanda Gram found her path to a healthcare career while vacationing with her family in California. On June 17th, 2018 Gram, was shopping in a Walmart store in California when her mom suffered sudden…

Grace Rohrdanz online with dog

Online success for MCC students

MARSHALLTOWN –Changes around the world have been occurring during the last couple of months due to the Coronavirus, and these changes have influenced how students at Marshalltown Community College are participating in their education. MCC started making changes the week of March 13 while students were still on Spring Break, initially cancelling two days of class….

Bryce DeKoning

MCC alum lands UNI internship with Bergman Tax & Accounting

MARSHALLTOWN – Grinnell resident Bryce DeKoning came to Marshalltown Community College after graduating from high school in 2015. DeKoning was home-schooled and knew he wanted to continue his education, but was unsure about his path. He started taking courses immediately after graduating at Iowa Valley Grinnell, a satellite campus of MCC. He spent one semester…

George Johnson

Reflections as MCC’s May 10 graduation approaches

By George Johnson Even though I’ve taught for 32 years at Marshalltown Community College, I still get emotional about one of the greatest events in any student’s life: Graduation. That night, graduates march in and the memories begin. They cross the stage all smiles for family and friends, and as the emotions flow, so do…

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MCC’s Jose Amaya assists with Hero Street film documentary preview

MARSHALLTOWN – Marshalltown Community College Humanities Faculty Dr. Jose Amaya will participate in a panel session Tuesday, April 23 at St Ambrose University in Davenport following a sneak preview of a Fourth Wall Films historical documentary entitled “Riding the Rails to Hero Street.” Dr. Amaya is a Fulbright Scholar who previously taught US Latino Studies…

Ryota w/ baby turtle

Summer research in Costa Rica wows MCC student

Marshalltown Community College student Ryota Masuko spent the summer working as a research assistant studying sea turtles in Costa Rica with a group from Texas A&M University. A resident of Saitama, Japan, he says the experience was both fascinating and challenging, and that he’s grateful for the opportunity he had. “Our team included four people…

Theresa Orlovsky

Theresa Orlovsky authors book chapter

Marshalltown Community College (MCC) English as a Second Language and Spanish instructor Theresa Orlovsky has authored a book chapter entitled “The Importance of Context in Second Language Writing Evaluation.” Her chapter is featured in newly-published “The Politics of ESL Writing Assessment in Global Contexts” edited by Todd Ruecker and Deborah Crusan. Orlovsky says the chapter…

Ryoto Masuka

MCC student researches sea turtles in Costa Rica

Ryoto Masuko is cramming as much of the world into his college education as he possibly can. A resident of Saitama, Japan, he traveled to Iowa to enroll at Marshalltown Community College to improve his English language skills and prepare to study Marine Biology and International Business. He’s in Costa Rica this summer, working as…

Eunice Mbafor & Adiu Arou

MCC students reaching for Cardiothoracic internships

Marshalltown Community College students Adiu Arou and Eunice Mbafor are reaching for the stars, and they’re hoping to get some stellar support from family, friends and community members. The two have been accepted to participate in a prestigious two-week Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Internship in Maui, Hawaii, this summer. They have just two weeks to each…

PTK Fall Leadership Conference attendees

PTK members attend Leadership Conference

Six members and two advisors from the Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell Phi Theta Kappa chapters attended the PTK Iowa Leadership Conference this month in Carroll, Iowa. MCC attendees included students Allison Fisher, Jared Bowman, Cynthia Coury, Celise Sprague and Theresa Patterson, and PTK Advisors P.J. Colbert and Pele Waddilove. Iowa Valley Grinnell…

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Grace Rohrdanz online with dog

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