A move to Marion County, provides your employees and their families access to some outstanding educational opportunities.

The Marion County educational institutions have a reputation for problem-solving and excellence. Public and private partners work together to deliver a system of educational opportunities to enrich lives and connect to career opportunities. Our classrooms are alive with discovery!

Public School Districts


418 South Park Lane Dr
Knoxville, IA 50138


210 SW Main Street • P.O. Box 489
Melcher-Dallas, IA 50163


212 E. University Street • P.O. Box 468
Pella, IA 50219


415 Jones Street
Pleasantville, IA 50225

Twin Cedars

2204 Hwy G71
Bussey, IA 50044

Private Schools & Higher Education

Central College

812 University St
Pella, IA 50219

Pella Christian Grade School

216 Liberty Street
Pella, IA 50219

Pella Christian High School

300 Eagle Lane
Pella, IA 50219

Teaching for the Workforce - Educator Professional Development

The Opportunity2 Economic Development Region implements professional development courses for educators each summer. One program works within the Indian Hills Community College district while Marion County Development works with DMACC Business Resources to provide a course focusing on Marion County employers.

WorkSMART Connector

WorkSMART Connector brings students and employers together through career awareness, career exploration, work-based experience, and talent advancement. The local collaboration between area employers, K-12 schools, Central College, and community colleges, focuses on Marion County and the surrounding area. WorkSMART Connector guides students through their career decision-making process, while providing employment preparation and college credit for participants’ work-based learning including apprenticeship and certification. 

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Opportunity Knox

Opportunity Knox is our Career & College Readiness program for all PK-12 students. This program will incorporate the skills identified for our Portrait of a Panther.  Strategic opportunities feature Awareness, Exploration, and Experiences.  Each activity is grade level appropriate and involves the community and/or other partnerships with local businesses.  

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Career Academy of Pella (CAP)

CAP is a state-of-the-art building where courses and programs focus on career and technical education. Students are introduced to a variety of skilled areas where they experience hands-on learning, helping them identify areas of interest and guide them toward relevant post-secondary education.

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Business Horizons

A program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation, Business Horizons is a weeklong innovation simulation to get a better sense of how strengths and skills connect to the business world and the real world. Students (grades 9-12) from across the state attend for 5 days to explore career opportunities and immerse themselves in a unique, hands-on working environment with their peers. The program has enjoyed more than 35 years of success in Iowa, and over 5,000 students have taken advantage of the Business Horizons experience. The program is held at Central College in Marion County.

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