The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College gathered in Emmetsburg Tuesday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting to learn about numerous Agricultural program options.
Students may select from Ag Production with an emphasis on crop, swine or beef production; Agribusiness Technology with opportunities in agricultural off-farm occupations; or they may choose Ag transfer courses to get their first two years of classes and then transfer to a college or university.
Students are mentored by Neal Williamsen, Director of Agricultural Technology; Tom Quastad, Assistant Professor; along with Kelly Dodge and Mark Jensen, Instructors.
A total of 60 students are enrolled this spring in Ag programs at Iowa Lakes. Half of them are Ag Production students. Another 25 percent are majoring in Agribusiness Technology and the final 25 percent are Ag transfer students. Most students take face-to-face classes; however there are four students taking online classes.
The Trustees heard from three students who shared their reasons for selecting Iowa Lakes and what career paths they have chosen. Students included Cassie Galm, Spencer, who is an Ag Transfer student; Kristin Hennings, Charter Oak, who is majoring in Agribusiness; and, Nolan Schultes of Dedham who is focusing on Ag Production.
Nine out of every 10 Ag students are from Iowa and one of every 10 is from Minnesota. Most students come from about a 100 mile radius of Emmetsburg.
Later in the meeting, students who have been participating in the second year of the Swimming and Diving Team on the Emmetsburg campus were introduced to the Trustees. Coach Johnathan Jordan thanked the Board of Trustees for their continued support of Swimming and Diving at Iowa Lakes Community College.
This year’s team included students from 20 states and five countries. The Women’s team placed second in the nation while the Men’s team brought home a fourth place trophy. Jordan was named the Women’s Coach of the year at that tournament.
Recruiting for the next college year will likely expand. Jordan expects to have some 60 to 70 student-athletes on the team starting this fall.
Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, received approval for a gift to the college. Enertech Global LLC will donate four geothermal heat pumps for educational purposes in the HVAC program.
Rogers introduced a donation agreement with Snap-On Tools for board review. This proposed agreement will enable Iowa Lakes to become the designated Energy Training facility for Snap-On Corporate and NC3.
The Trustees moved ahead with a public hearing on three properties which were advertised for sale by Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management. Board members chose to sell land consisting of “C” Street in Algona to Wayne Clegg for $1,300. Property in Emmetsburg was not sold and the college will consider other options. And, action on property in Estherville was tabled for one month as administrators were authorized to enter into negotiations with the chamber.
Vice President of Administration, Bob L’Heureux, received approval for the Fiscal Year 2015 published budget. That means the tax levy will decrease from $1.05 per $1,000 down to 65-cents – a decrease of about 40-cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
The Trustees then shared information from various committees and boards of which they are members; appointed Cindy Oviatt as acting board secretary; and then adjourned. The next meeting will be held at the Spirit Lake campus on Tuesday, May 20.
Cassie Galm, Spencer, is an Ag Transfer student who will transfer to Iowa State University this fall. Pictured from left are Neal Williamsen, Mark Jensen, Galm, Nolan Schultes and Kelly Dodge.