Mount Mercy Brings Adult Education to Black Hawk, Jones Counties

This fall semester Mount Mercy will begin offering its distinct brand of adult education on the campuses of two local community colleges, Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Kirkwood Community College’s Monticello location. Both institutions approached Mount Mercy about starting programs with evening and weekend classes in order to meet the areas’ growing demand for quality, affordable adult accelerated programs.

Mount Mercy professors will teach courses at both facilities, enabling working adults in those areas the convenience of enrolling in courses nearer their homes and places of business. Management and applied management majors will be offered at Hawkeye Community College; business and applied management majors will be offered at Monticello. Mount Mercy’s management and applied management majors emphasize strategic decision making, ethical leadership, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and professional communication.

As a component of the partnership, Mount Mercy has signed memorandums of agreement with both community colleges.

“Mount Mercy has been a leader in accelerated programming for working adults for many years,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John P. Marsden. “We have offered a convenient, affordable, and quality education to help working adults meet their career goals and look forward to expanding that opportunity to Black Hawk and Jones counties via Hawkeye Community College and Kirkwood Community College.”

“We are proud to partner with Hawkeye Community College and look forward to engaging working adults with a curriculum that is practical, relevant and meaningful to their everyday lives,” says Marsden. “Mount Mercy — with assistance from Hawkeye Community College — is eager to contribute to local workforce development in the Cedar Valley.”

“Hawkeye’s partnership with Mount Mercy provides an exciting opportunity for individuals wishing to continue their education,” says Linda Allen, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Hawkeye Community College, and a 1987 Mount Mercy graduate. “It will be one more avenue Hawkeye will have available in meeting the training needs of our businesses and our community.”

“Mount Mercy’s mission has always been rooted in meeting the needs of the surrounding community,” says Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake. “We are dedicated to fulfilling that mission by providing the opportunity for lifelong education through Mount Mercy’s distinct and well-established accelerated programs.”