Certificates were awarded to 16 individuals in the SAVE (Student Alternative Vocational Education) Program on Thursday, May 2, in Emmetsburg.
The Commencement ceremonies included a welcome from Tom Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus, as well as student introductions from Michelle Kogel, Coordinator of the SAVE program.
Student speaker was Samuel Joseph Dieken from George. He thanked his family and his high school for supporting him in his desire to continue his education.
Certificates in the Housekeeping/Facilities Specialist program as well as the Helping Careers program were conferred by Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes.
Those graduating included: Jonathan Brewbaker, Indianola; Andrew Brown, Fonda; John Cassell, Altoona; Isaiah Clarke, Elmore, Minn.; Sam Dieken, George; Nick Green, Humboldt; Brettyn Grover, Cresco; Natasha Hodson, Algona; Jessica Hovaldt, Larchwood; Christina Hungate, Eagle Grove; Luke Irlbeck, Audubon; Elizabeth Mayer, St. Ansgar; Samantha Miller, Spencer; Hollie North, Glenwood; Olyvia Roe, Charles City; and, John Ryan, Fonda.
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. The SAVE Program works with about 55 students yearly who are enrolled in a variety of college programs throughout the Emmetsburg campus.
SAVE staff members who worked with the students include: Michelle Kogel, Program Coordinator; Ryan Eick, Program Instructor; Nichole Foxhoven, Program Instructor; Lori Nielsen, Special Needs Facilitator; and Kathy Strand, Program Tutor.
Sam Dieken, George, gave the commencement address at the graduation ceremonies in Emmetsburg May 2.