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Marshalltown Community College, Wartburg College enter into ‘two-plus-two’ agreement


MCC Broadcasting students shown left to right: Reggie Prather, Andrew Hughes, Donte Mitchell, Manuel Ramirez, James Gaffney, Steven Hernandez

As part of a “two-plus-two” agreement announced last spring and effective this fall, students will be able to study at Marshalltown Community College and Wartburg College and earn a bachelor’s degree in four years.

Iowa Valley Community College District students meeting credit hour requirements within Marshalltown Community College’s broadcasting and digital media associate’s degree — and graduates of the program — can earn a Wartburg degree in journalism and communication with a concentration in multimedia journalism or digital production.

“Marshalltown Community College and Wartburg’s Department of Journalism & Communication have rich traditions of teaching the whole person, for meeting students where they are and giving them the skills and tools they need to succeed,” said Penni Pier, Grant L. Price Endowed Chair of Wartburg’s Department of Journalism & Communication.

Members of Marshalltown Community College’s administration, faculty and student body visited Wartburg for the signing and announcement of the articulation agreement and to tour Department of Journalism & Communication facilities.


“We had a great visit to Wartburg to learn about the connections between our broadcast and journalism programs,” said Chris Russell, dean of students and academic affairs, adding that the partnership will “benefit many future Marshalltown Community College transfers to Wartburg.”

Marshalltown Community College is part of the Iowa Valley Community College District. Located along Highway 30 south of Marshalltown, it offers one-year diplomas, two-year career technical degrees and liberal arts transfer degrees in more than 55 academic programs.

Wartburg, a selective four-year liberal arts college of the Lutheran church (ELCA), is internationally recognized for community engagement and enrolls 1,661 students. Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.

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