Pathways to student success the focus of Marshalltown Business-Education Alliance meeting

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David Ottavianelli speaks to MBEA members about John Deere’s student outreach efforts.

Marshalltown education and business leaders are focused on providing students with opportunities to learn about potential career paths in a variety of ways.

The Marshalltown Business-Education Alliance (MBEA) recently heard a presentation by Iowa Business Council Executive Director Joe Murphy. He discussed the organization’s 2020 Dashboard, specifically as it relates to helping K-12 students find post-secondary success.

David Ottavianelli, Director Strategic Projects & Labor Relations for John Deere World Headquarters, also presented on the Iowa High School Registered Apprenticeship Program. He said the program has been effective in several Iowa communities, including in the Quad Cities.

MBEA is a partnership between the Marshalltown Community School District, Iowa Valley Community College District and the local business community. The organization is committed to building a skilled workforce pipeline that meets the needs of local business and industry through outstanding educational and employment opportunities. The alliance membership includes 26 members representing MCSD, IVCCD and twelve local businesses and supporting organizations such as the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce, Vision Marshalltown and Iowa Works.


Iowa Business Council Executive Director Joe Murphy presents to MBEA members on pathways to success for Iowa students.

The goals of the MBEA are to:

  • Develop and expand career pathways for students, aligned with the needs of local business and industry, that lead to post-secondary success (endorsements, certifications and degree attainment).
  • Engage students, parents, and educators in work-based learning experiences (career fairs, tours, job shadows, internships, externships, apprenticeships, etc.) that develop awareness of local business and industry employment opportunities and the knowledge, skills, talents and aptitudes required to be successful in the workplace.
  • Provide One Voice Advocacy for Policy Issues Affecting Education Excellence.