Iowa Western designated Home Base Iowa CHAMP program | Education



Rachel Walenceus of Westgate, right, and her mom, Tammy, move her belongings into the Iowa Western Community College dorms ahead of the fall semester on Aug. 14, 2020.

Iowa Western Community College has received designation as a Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partnership program.

The institution has met the necessary criteria based on best practices in serving military-affiliated students, according to a press release from Home Base Iowa. Iowa Western joins 28 other CHAMPs institutions across Iowa in demonstrating a commitment to serving veterans and to help make Iowa a “State of Choice” for military-affiliated students.

“Quality education plays a significant role for veterans and their families, and Home Base Iowa recognizes the need to work with higher education institutions to support them along the way,” Jathan Chicoine, Home Base Iowa program manager for state and strategic initiatives, said in the press release. “Congratulations to IWCC (and the others) in helping their military-affiliated students achieve academic success and thrive in Iowa.”

“I think we at Iowa Western have been very dedicated to serving our military-connected students, whether they’re starting in the military or coming out and retiring,” President Daniel Kinney said. “I’m prior military, my predecessor was prior military … I think being a Home Base Iowa institution just takes it to the next level.”

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HBI is a one-of-a-kind program connecting veterans, military personnel and their family members with resources and opportunities in Iowa. Through HBI’s three areas of focus — Workforce Solutions and Growth, Quality Education and Student Success and Community Support — veterans and their families have found personal and professional success in new civilian careers and communities across Iowa.


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