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IWCC and Univ. of Iowa Announce Partnership

Iowa Western Community College and the University of Iowa have announced an exciting partnership to expand entrepreneurial offerings to residents of Southwest Iowa. The Iowa Western Entrepreneurial Center, established in January 2006, is co-sponsored with the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Karna Loewenstein has been named the Center Director in Council Bluffs.

"This program is a positive step for the state and for both educational institutions," said David Skorton, president of the University of Iowa. "This partnership provides an increasing emphasis on outreach across the State of Iowa."

The educational arm of the new center will focus on customized training to meet the growing needs of entrepreneurs and their employees. The Center will seek funding sources, and conduct training assessments, as well as develop and deliver customized training. In addition, the Iowa Western Entrepreneurial Center intends to actively expand entrepreneurial education in Southwest Iowa through a variety of academic projects involving elementary through post secondary students. Seminars and workshops will also be conducted for secondary teachers to encourage infusing entrepreneurship concepts in their school curriculum.

Also under the umbrella of Entrepreneurial Services is the Small Business Development Center under the direction of Sue Pitts, director of the Small Business and Development Center at Iowa Western. That office will continue to focus on one-on-one counseling and mentoring, while providing a variety of learning opportunities through public workshops and classes at low or no cost. Pitts and Loewenstein will partner to develop entrepreneurial friendly communities in Southwest Iowa as the foundation for area economic growth.

Another key component of the partnership is an admissions representative that will serve both institutions in the area of recruiting students to the much-needed area of health care in Southwest Iowa.

"This is indeed an exciting collaboration," said Iowa Western President Dr. Dan Kinney. "This program helps us to better serve Western Iowa and will strengthen the economic vitality of Southwest Iowa for years to come."

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