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Continuing Education

Kirunda Karuthi, graduate of the Aviation and Airport Management program

Iowa Lakes Community College, through its Continuing Education division, works with many industries, communities, and local schools to provide appropriate training and education. Continuing Education provides short courses, programs, seminars and community service activities in a timely manner. An important characteristic of this department is the ability to respond quickly to demands of the community.

Courses are offered on a variety of topics and in a variety of fields. They can be offered as non-credit, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and some courses are also offered for college credit. These programs can provide preparatory training, can be used for upgrading job skills and for enriching oneself.  They are available to all residents who want, need and can benefit from such training.

If you have been wanting to take college credit courses, but found you had difficulty because classes were offered only during the day or at a site too far away, Iowa Lakes can help you solve these problems. You can enroll in college credit classes evenings, weekends or even online. You can even earn an Associate in Arts degree.

Have any ideas for courses?   Does your business need specialized training? 
If so, please call our Continuing Education office at 712-362-7231.  To set up a course, a minimum of 8 students must register and a qualified instructor must be identified.

What is the National Career Readiness CertificateTM (NCRC) and why is it important?

Gap Tuition Assistance Program

The Gap Tuition Assistance program provides tuition funding for approved Continuing Education certificate training programs including the Truck Driving Prep Program, and Welding AWS Qualification.  

Since non-credit certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, this program bridges the funding gap for those students pursuing short-term certificates.  

  • Activity Coordinator
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
  • Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Certified Nursing Aid (CNA)
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Medication Aide
  • Welding (AWS Certification)

For application information, please contact:
Melissa Lutat at or 712-852-5284 or 
Patsy Donovan at or 712-580-8617

GAP applicants need to complete and submit:

  1. Application
  2. NCRC, through Iowa Lakes Community College Success Center
  3. GAP Program Informational Interview Sheet   or    GAP Program Research Sheet
  4. Proof of income for the last 12 months from date application is submitted

   Gap Tuition Application

   Gap Program Informational Interview

   Gap Program Research Sheet



Continuing Education
Iowa Lakes Community College
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, IA 51334
712-362-7231 or 800-252-5664

Allied Health
Iowa Lakes Community College
3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, IA 50536-1098
712-852-5242 or 712-852-5306
800-242-5108, ext. 5242 / 5306

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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