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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

2010 EDIES Story 22 of 24: Community college clicks and connects where the grass is greener

Hawkeye Community College does not currently have a brick and mortar presence inside Tama County (but that may all change over the next few months).  Partnerships are thus critical to serve its communities and included organizations like Dysart Development Corp, Farmers Telephone Company, and Dysart Library.  Over 30 students over the age of 50 were served with this program. Dwayne Luze of Dysart Development Corporation and Tom Tierney of Hawkeye Community College explain.  Remind me – what are the EDIES

HOW WE DID IT: The Dysart Development Corporation is the facilitating group that is called upon for helping fulfill a need in our community.  This project also fulfilled one of our mission statements: improving the quality of life for all ages.

HOW WE GOT THE IDEA: Community members over 50 years old needed the basics of using a computer and some more advanced training programs with the computer.

OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE: Getting the minimum number of 12 committed to be able to offer the class in our area with only 8 committed at the outset.

HOW WE OVERCAME IT: The Dysart Development Corporation paid in advance for the minimum of 12 so that Hawkeye Tech would be able to come to Dysart and offer the class.  We ended up with 31 participants.

ADVICE TO OTHERS: Team working and networking with the people needed to accomplish the goal set out to do is very important.  Finding a solution to a problem is very important in reaching any goal. 

WHAT IS NEXT: The Dysart Development Corporation is in the process of working with the instructor in offering some more advanced classes on different topics and also another basic class for our community and surrounding communities without driving to Waterloo or Cedar Falls.  For more information click www.dysartiowa.com.

Photo of Dwayne Luze, Tom Tierney, and Don Lyons by Randy Aiken.   

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