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MCC named to 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges List

stem_logo2015Marshalltown Community College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSMmedia, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

MCC is the only college or university in Iowa to receive this distinction!
The 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations.

MCC was among over 1,600 schools participating in the STEM JobsSM survey process. Schools submitting surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in a school’s STEM programs. The assessment and rights to the STEM Jobs ApprovedSM Colleges designation were available to qualifying schools for free. MCC will be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM Jobs
SM magazine, along with the entire 2015 list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges.

“MCC is pleased to be among the first colleges in the nation to be STEM job approved,” says Chris Russell, MCC Dean of Students and Academic Affairs. “Our faculty teaching these science, technology, engineering, and math classes are highly qualified and very supportive of students pursuing these careers. STEM program graduates are valuable to our community and usually are placed in high-paying jobs and we want them to be successful in completing their desired degrees.”

“With the list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, President of STEM JobsSM. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Marshalltown Community College as a school leading the way in this area.”

For more information about MCC’s commitment to students interested in STEM fields of study and careers, visit

For additional information about STEM JobsSMor to request a free survey assessment, contact

About MCC

Marshalltown Community College is part of the Iowa Valley Community College District. The campus is located at 3700 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA. MCC has an enrollment of about 2,100 and offers over 55 career, technical and transfer programs. For more information, visit their website at

About STEM JobsSM Ratings

The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high demand, high paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board. A complete description of our methodology, advisory board and services is available at

About Victory Media

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a rapidly-growing, veteran-owned business leader connecting individuals in transition with education, business, and career opportunities. For more than 12 years, Victory Media has provided members of the military community with resources and information to evaluate civilian opportunities, while working with thousands of post-secondary schools, employers, and companies looking to get their opportunities, products and services in front of military families during critical life stages.
In 2012, we extended our reach by introducing STEM JobsSM tools, media and curriculum designed to engage students, along with their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, as they make education and career planning decisions. Using student-written articles, fun graphics and relatable content, STEM JobsSM helps students discover how to “do what they love” as a STEM-inspired career. STEM JobsSM now includes the STEM JobsSM Type Quiz for students, STEM JobsSM Approved ratings for schools and employers, and STEM JobsSM Ready lesson plans for teachers. For more information, visit

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