Tim Borich, Design, (515) 294-0220
Ann Gansemer-Topf, Design, (515) 294-3680
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- A new agreement will make it easier for students at 10 community colleges to study community and regional planning at Iowa State University.

The agreement offers a "two plus two plus two" plan. Under the plan, a student can earn a two-year associate degree from a community college, take two Iowa State ICN courses as a part of their community college curriculum, and then complete a bachelor's degree in as little as two years after transfer to the ISU College of Design's department of community and regional planning.

The community colleges that have signed the agreement are Des Moines Area Community College, Hawkeye Community College, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Valley Community College District (created by the recent merger of the Ellsworth and Marshalltown community colleges), Kirkwood Community College, Northeast Iowa Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, Southeastern Community College, and Southwestern Iowa Community College.

"We are eager to begin working with the community colleges," said Tim Borich, associate professor of community and regional planning at Iowa State and director of the initiative. "This is a great opportunity to link the Iowa State curriculum with that of the colleges to help us jointly fill the needs of the planning profession."

Community college students can still register for "Survey of Community and Regional Planning," one of the two ICN courses. The three-credit undergraduate class offers a historical survey of planning. It also shows how urban concerns balance with small-town and rural issues. It will be offered at ICN sites around the state based on the location of registrants. Interested students should contact their community college adviser for more information on how to register. The registration deadline is Aug. 10.

Information on the spring 2000 ICN course, "Forces Shaping our Metropolitan Environment," will be mailed to community colleges later this year.

Students who intend to take either or both of the courses should consider attending an "Orientation to Planning" session offered over the ICN from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2000. Interested students should contact their community college adviser to register.

Community and regional planning is a professional field of study aimed at assessing the socio-economic and physical environments of communities and planning for their future. About two-thirds of ISU community and regional planning graduates work in local, state, or federal governments or for regional planning councils. An increasing number also decide to pursue graduate studies in planning or related fields.

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