Citing funding woes, the Iowa Valley Community College District has decided to stop providing programming for the Career Development Centers in both Marshall and Tama counties beginning June 30.
The CDC provides vocational training, development of social and living skills, and paid work activities for adults with disabilities. Iowa Valley has operated the CDCs since the early 1980s and closed the Poweshiek County office last year.
Jacque Goodman, vice chancellor of continuing education at Iowa Valley, said state funding has not kept pace with demand for several services, much like the ones provided at the CDCs.
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The Iowa Valley Community College District announced its plan to cease operations at both the Marshall and Tama counties Career Development Centers as of June 30. Pictured is the Marshall County CDC facility, 21 South Second Avenue in Marshalltown.
"It was a difficult decision," Goodman said.
The college district is looking to transition its CDC consumers to other organizations who offer the same types of services by the end of June. The CDC in Marshalltown serves approximately 25 consumers a day and the Tama County CDC in Tama serves 17 a day. The college held at meeting with parents and case workers of these adults with disabilities Monday night at the CDC in Marshalltown.
Judy and Dave Adland have a son, Nick, in the Marshalltown program and they are looking at ways and ideas for similar programming to continue.
"Dave and I just want to understand why this is happening," Judy Adland said. "It's an outstanding program and we just want to help it continue."
Goodman said it also makes sense to transfer their consumers to places which are Medicaid certified and the college is not ready to take the complicated steps to be Medicaid certified.
"There's a much stronger push (from the state) for programs providing these types of services to be a Medicaid program," Goodman said.
Iowa Valley Chancellor Chris Duree said this move is for the best interest in the long-range planning for the consumers.
Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, was in attendance at Monday's meeting and said he is willing to work with members of the community to come up with similar services to help these consumers.
"They have provided a wonderful service but I certainly understand the college's hesitation in becoming a Medicaid provider," Smith said.
Five staff members at the Marshalltown CDC facility and three with the Tama facility will not be employed in their current roles when the CDC is closed. The college does not own the CDC facility in Marshalltown so it's unclear as to the future of the facility downtown.