An anniversary celebration will be held Friday, April 12, to observe the 20th anniversary of the operation of the SAVE Program at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg.
Former employees who were key innovators of the SAVE (Student Alternative Vocational Education) Program – along with former students – have been invited to attend.
The open house/chamber coffee starts at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments. Staff and students will be on hand to answer any questions. At 10 a.m. a short program with cake cutting will commemorate the anniversary.
The program will include Valerie Newhouse, college president; Tom Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg Campus; and, Ann Petersen, Vocation Rehabilitation & Special Needs Director.
The SAVE program started in 1993 and has served many students throughout Iowa and South Dakota.
SAVE is a secondary transitional preparatory program for students on a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). It teaches employability and independent life skills training as well as group and social skills. In addition, students gain math and reasoning skills, plus they discover technology and organizational skills. It is based on the Emmetsburg campus.
SAVE staff include: Michelle Kogel, Program Coordinator; Ryan Eick, Program Instructor; Nichole Foxhoven, Program Instructor; Lori Nielsen, Special Needs Facilitator; and Kathy Strand, Program Tutor.