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Advising at Iowa Central


At Iowa Central, we believe the relationship between the advisor and student is one of the most importance connections to a student’s success. There is a team at Iowa Central here to support you in meeting your academic and career goals.

Mission Statement


The Iowa Central Community College Advising Center consists of a team of professional advisors who are committed to providing you with individualized advising services. One-on-one advising creates a personalized approach to the advising process. Academic advising at Iowa central is a collaboration between the advisor and student to create the best pathway for the student to reach their goals.

Advising Center at Iowa CentralIowa Central Advising Services Available:


  • Academic Advising
  • Major Exploration
  • Assist in building a completion plan
  • Transfer Guidance
  • Success Coaching
  • Classroom Performance Tracking
  • Connection to all services on campus

Hours


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location


The Advising Center is located inside the Greehey Family Student Success Center.

Contact Us


Jenny Shivers

Jenny Shivers

Advising Director

Email: shivers@iowacentral.edu

Phone: 515-574-1252
or 800-362-2793 ext. 1252

Contact Jenny with any advising questions or concerns!

“I love students, so it’s easy to love what I do! My favorite part of my job is becoming a mentor to students each year, celebrating their successes or riding out their struggles with them. I believe everyone deserves the chance at an education, and whether you are 18, fresh out of high school, or 35 coming to college for the first time, we have your back! We are here to guide you through the process leading up to the first day and every day, and every semester after that. To have a ‘person’ that you are comfortable with, understands, and is cheering you on is so important. I love that I can be that person to our students.”

Jenny has worked at Iowa Central since December of 2000. Jenny is currently the Advising Director at Iowa Central where she works with first-generation students and students in the developmental learning community. Prior to becoming Advising Director, Jenny worked as an associate in the Liberal Arts and Sciences department for over 12 years.

In her current position, Jenny enjoys working with students who may have social, personal or academic barriers when it comes to their education. Celebrating successes with these students is one of Jenny’s greatest motivators when it comes to her position. Jenny serves on committees across campus and is also a co-advisor for the Iowa Central Student Senate.

Jenny is a graduate of Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Jenny is married to Ira Shivers. They have four children and one grandchild. They are owners of TC Mae’s Family Diner. In her spare time Jenny loves to decorate, and travel any chance she gets and watch Netflix!

Lindsey Rossow

Lindsey Rossow

Student Services Assistant Director (Advising)

Email: rossow@iowacentral.edu

Phone: 515-574-1195
or 800-362-2793 ext. 1195

Request an Appointment: https://calendly.com/lindsey_rossow

Advises: Learning Community Advisor and undecided students

Lindsey is a graduate of Iowa Central Community College and the University of Iowa. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Lindsey truly enjoys the opportunity to work with students one on one by helping them achieve their academic goals.

Outside of Iowa Central, Lindsey enjoys cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa Central Tritons! Also, she likes spending quality time with her two goldendoodles, Max and Marley, her friends and family.

Tori Tomke

Tori Tomke

Academic Advisor

Email: tomke@iowacentral.edu

Phone: 515-574-1250
or 800-362-2793 ext. 1250

Request an Appointment: https://calendly.com/tomke

Advises: Early Childhood Education/Diploma, Elementary Education, English, Speech, Communications, Geography, History, Journalism, Modern Language, Music, Physical Education, Pre-Law, Political Science & Government, Religious Studies, Secondary Education, Theater, Visual Arts & Digital Arts, Human Services, Psychology, Social Science/Sociology, Social Work, TV/Radio Production & Digital Media, Photography

Tori has been working at Iowa Central Community College since September 2017. Since then she has worked as an Admissions Representative and Financial Aid Coordinator, and is now working in the Advising Center as an Academic Advisor. Tori works with and advises students pursuing a variety of transfer pathways as well as a few one – and two - year programs. Tori works to ensure not only that her student’s educational goals are met, but that her students look to her as a helpful resource during their time at Iowa Central. “I am grateful to have experience in different areas of the college so I can assist students in a variety of ways. My job is to be a guide to students academically, but what is most important is that our students can come to me with any questions they have and know we are always here for them.”

Tori is a graduate of Iowa Central Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts Degree. As a student she was a member of the Iowa Central Dance Team and is a proud alumni to the team today. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews as well as other family and friends. She is the definition of a homebody, where you can find her spending the weekend while online shopping and watching Netflix with her two dogs and cat - Sarge, Winston, and Otis. Her favorite activity is walking down the aisles of Target and Hobby Lobby with Starbucks in hand.

“Iowa Central is a Community College unlike any other. Our students are able to experience the “feel” of a four-year institution while getting the perks and benefits of a junior college. There is a plethora of educational opportunities for students whether they are seeking a higher degree after Iowa Central or plan to transition into the work force, as well as several options to get involved outside of the classroom. All staff and faculty are dedicated to their student’s needs and have the student’s success as their top priority. I have Iowa Central to thank for not only my education but my growth as an individual, and it is important to all of us that every student leaves feeling the same way. It is no question Iowa Central is the best junior college in the nation!”

Eric Oberg

Eric Oberg

Academic Advisor

Email: oberg@iowacentral.edu

Phone: 515-574-1294
or 800-362-2793 ext. 1294

Request an Appointment: https://calendly.com/eric_oberg

Advises: Accounting, Baking & Pastry Arts, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts &Hospitality Management, Fire Science, Graphics Technology, Health & Beauty Management, Turfgrass Management, Web Technology, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Science, Automotive Technology, Automotive Collision, Carpentry, Computer Integrated Fabrication Tech, Computer Repair, Computer Networking & Securing Information, Diesel Technology, Electrical Mechanical Technician, Electrical Technologies, Engineering Design & Tech, Heating and Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC), Industrial Business, Industrial Mechanic, Industrial Machinist, Robotics & Automation, Welding

“I personally enjoy taking the advisory role and assisting our students to reach their goals. Having been through the college process myself, I feel that if I can guide our students around some of the pitfalls I have experienced, they have a better chance at success. It helps that Iowa Central offers a university feel with the price and size of a two-year school. Because of that, we are able to build stronger relationships with our students and make a different in their lives.”

Eric has been with Iowa Central since August 2016. He is currently an academic advisor where he assists students in making informed choices about their classes and transferring to their next academic institution. Prior to becoming an Academic Advisor, Eric worked in the Admissions Department as an Enrollment/Recruitment Specialist.

Eric is a graduate of Iowa Central Community College where he earned his Associate of Arts Degree. He also graduated from Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys watching sports, riding his motorcycle, working in the garage and spending time with his wife Ashley and daughter Charlotte.

Melinda Hart

Melinda Hart

Academic Advisor

Email: hart_m@iowacentral.edu

Phone: 515-574-1014
or 800-362-2793 ext. 1014

Request an Appointment: https://calendly.com/hart_m

Advises: Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Chiropractic, Biology/Conservation, Computer Science, Pre-Dentistry, Dietetics/Food Science, Pre-Engineering, Exercise Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Mortuary Science, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Melinda started working at Iowa Central Community College in May of 2022. She joined our team to work in the Advising Center as an Academic Advisor.

Melinda is a graduate from Iowa Central with an Associates of Arts degree and an Associates of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. Prior to Iowa Central, she worked as a Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Tech) for over 15 years. She then transferred within her prior company and was able to cross-train and become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Melinda loves helping people and will be there for students’ needs.

In her free time, Melinda loves tackling home projects such as painting, decorating, and organizing. She loves spending time with her husband and two children and family.

"I am very excited to join Iowa Central as an Academic Advisor. After having a great college experience here myself, I look forward to helping students achieve their academic goals. Iowa Central has the hands-on learning that a lot of students want and need to succeed. I love that I get to be part of their college experience and am here for any support and resources they will need."

Ali Lovin

Ali Lovin

Academic Advisor

Email: lovin_a@iowacentral.edu

Phone: 515-574-1283
or 800-362-2793 ext. 1283

Request an Appointment: https://calendly.com/lovin_a

Advises: Accounting, Baking & Pastry Arts, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts &Hospitality Management, Fire Science, Graphics Technology, Health & Beauty Management, Turfgrass Management, Web Technology, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Science, Automotive Technology, Automotive Collision, Carpentry, Computer Integrated Fabrication Tech, Computer Repair, Computer Networking & Securing Information, Diesel Technology, Electrical Mechanical Technician, Electrical Technologies, Engineering Design & Tech, Heating and Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC), Industrial Business, Industrial Mechanic, Industrial Machinist, Robotics & Automation, Welding

I started working at Iowa Central in August of 2021. I advise students in Industrial Technology fields and Business-related areas.

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney and have a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education with specialties in math and English. I was also a member of the UNK volleyball team. Prior to working in the Advising Center at Iowa Central, I was a 6th grade English teacher and volleyball coach.

In my free time, I enjoy working on projects at home, watching The Office, being outside with my dog, and trying new restaurants with my husband, Jonas.

I am very passionate about students’ academic, athletic, and social success as well as their emotional well-being. I feel extremely fortunate and grateful I get the opportunity to be an influence on our students’ college experience and love being a resource, confidant, and supporter for students here at Iowa Central.

Sydney Suntken

Sydney Suntken

Academic Advisor

Email: suntken@iowacentral.edu

Phone: 515-574-1309
or 800-362-2793 ext. 1309

Request an Appointment: https://calendly.com/sydneysuntken

Advises: Nursing, Radiology, Dental Hygiene, Medical Lab Tech, Medical Assistant, Paramedic/EMT, Nurse Aide

I will be the academic advisor for health sciences.

I graduated from Iowa Central with my associate of applied science as a medical laboratory technician and my associate of arts. While at Iowa Central, I was involved in the student ambassador program and student government.

In my free time I like to water ski, go turkey hunting, read, watch movies, and spend time with my family.

After going through the college process, I wanted to use my experiences to help other students. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do and spent a large amount of time with my advisor trying to figure out all of my options. I know first-hand how everyone at Iowa Central puts the students first and goes above and beyond to ensure that they have the best experience possible. I’m hoping my experience in the MLT program at Iowa Central, and knowledge of how life looks in a hospital setting after graduation, will help current and prospective students have a better understanding of health sciences. As a student, I loved that Iowa Central was a two-year college with a university feel. I also loved all of the activities that are put on for students and opportunities available to meet other students and get connected! I am very excited to be a part of this team and in a position to help give others the same great experience I had!

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I chose Iowa Central because of the amazing opportunities and teachers. When I came to visit, I fell in love with the teachers in my program of study.

Ruth Chalstrom
Human Services
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