The initial $20,000 Grant Could Potentially Be a $300,000 Grant
The DMACC Carroll Campus has received a $20,000 Local College Access Network (LCAN) planning grant for 2019. The LCAN grant from Iowa College Aid, is a community initiative to encourage and strengthen collaborative efforts in promoting college completion in the Carroll area.
According to the United States Census Bureau in 2017, Carroll County residents over 25 years of age, estimates a median income of $31,322 for high school graduates and $36,010 for the same population with some college or associate’s degree (15% increase). The group with a bachelor’s degree would have a median income of $45,553.
“Due to a 1.5 percent unemployment rate in our county, most people are not seeking an education to enter the workforce. However, college would improve their lifetime earnings, working conditions and career advancement possibilities,” said Carroll Campus Provost Dr. Joel Lundstrom.
The U.S. Census Bureau also reports in 2017 that 27.9% of Carroll County residents without a degree over 25 years of age are below the poverty level compared to only 8.6% with some college or associate’s degree and only 2.8% with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Shannon Landauer is the Executive Director of the Carroll Chamber and Carroll Area Development Corporation, as well as a planning committee member for this ICAN grant.
“As workforce has become the key criteria point in business location, for both new and existing industry, education attainment needs to be a priority of community leadership,” said Landauer. “This is a fine example of creative partnerships put in place to strengthen the labor pool while the education partners continue to work at developing a talent pipeline to meet the needs of local industry.”
By 2025, more than two thirds of all jobs in Iowa will require postsecondary training or education.
“We desperately need to clear hurdles to accessing college and college completion,” said Lundstrom. “The level of partnership required for this at a local level is high and it takes a commitment that we are prepared to make. It can be done even more effectively by applying the principles learned from other LCANs. We are deeply grateful for the grant opportunity and partnership provided by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and the great work of the planning committee.”
The planning committee consists of key community leaders from across sectors who are focused on college access and attainment. They include:
- Dr. Joel Lundstrom, DMACC Carroll Campus Provost
- Jen Wollesen, DMACC Counselor
- Dr. Kevin Lein, Superintendent of Carroll Community School District
- Tammie McKenzie, Carroll High School Principal
- Becky Boes, Carroll High School Instructional Coach
- Pete Haefs, Kuemper High School Principal
- Katie Mason, Coon Rapids Community Coordinator
- Howie Drees, Owner Drees Company
- Shannon Landauer, Executive Director Carroll Area Development Corporation
Lundstrom said the first stage is a $20,000 planning grant, however, the entire project could be eligible for up to $300,000 in additional funds after the planning phase is completed.
“The group worked quickly to finalize the grant application, but recognizes the hard work is still ahead of us,” said Lundstrom.