Iowa Lakes Community College is a public, comprehensive educational institution accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In October of 1966, Iowa Lakes was officially recognized by the Iowa Department of Education under provision of Chapters 260C and 260D, Code of Iowa . The Board of Trustees met for the first time on Jan. 12, 1967. Since that time, Iowa Lakes Community College has provided quality, affordable education to the residents of northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota for nearly five decades.
Over 73,000 people reside in this predominately rural five-county district encompassing approximately 2,900 square miles.