Iowa Lakes Community College takes a huge step forward in its ongoing effort to be as green – and sustainable – as possible when it opens a new educational building next week on the Estherville campus.
A ribbon will be cut to officially mark the opening of the Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies (S.E.R.T.) facility on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m.
College officials, along with state leaders, international business and major donors – will be a part of the ceremony.
The structure is located just east of the college’s Wind building. The Trustees of Iowa Lakes took the step to bid on the structure during a Sheriff’s sale in 2010. During the transition phase, the building served as a place for group planning, vision and long-term strategy meetings.
The college has a long history of caring about the environment.
- In the late 1970s, the college started an Environmental Studies program.
- The Construction Technology program has been teaching energy-saving initiatives for years.
- A decade ago, the college started its first class of Wind Energy and Turbine Technology students.
- That was followed by the construction of the college’s wind turbine which, generates energy.
- Last year, a Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) program was launched along with an upgraded Water Quality and Sustainable Aquatic Resources Technology program.
The Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies facility has a number of energy-efficient features which, quite often, double as learning opportunities in the classroom.
The remodeled facility will house six programs. They include: Engineering Technology, Electrical Technology, HVAC, Water Quality and Sustainable Aquatic Resources, Environmental Studies as well as additional Wind Energy and Turbine Technology classes. Plus, credit and non-credit programming will focus on industry training which is concentrated on safety and up-skilling as well as on some custom programs.
The celebration on Thursday will start with an open house at 9:30 a.m. which runs until noon with the ribbon-cutting starting at 10:30 a.m. Several demonstrations (including robotics) will be ongoing throughout the morning, as well as self-guided tours of the new building.