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ECC announces first-of-its-kind educational partnership with Germany

IOWA FALLS – Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and the Bachelors Academy of Saxony, Germany, are joining forces to provide a unique educational experience for students majoring in agriculture at the two colleges. The public is invited to learn about the partnership at a special event on Wednesday, August 29, at 9 am at the Agriculture Center on ECC’s Robert & Arlene Hamilton Campus, 707 Ellsworth Ave., Iowa Falls.

In addition to administrators and faculty from both colleges, speakers will include Thomas Schmidt, Secretary of Agriculture for the state of Saxony and Dr. Peter Jahr, European Parliament Member. Many local, state and national officials will also be in attendance.

“ECC’s partnership with the Bachelors Academy of Saxony will allow Ellsworth graduates to further their education in Germany after completing an associate’s degree,” explains Dr. Martin Reimer, ECC Provost. “Not only will our graduates have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree overseas but students will not have to pay tuition for the additional two years of college in Germany. This is an incredible opportunity for our students!”

Dr. Reimer adds that the initial agreement is between the agriculture departments at each college but will expand to include other departments and degree programs in years to come.

Following the formal program, ECC students will be demonstrating the John Deere combine simulator and the mobile precision agriculture lab.

For further information, contact Kevin Butt, ECC Agriculture Faculty, at (641) 648-8660 or Kevin.Butt@iavalley.edu.

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