The Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees met Tuesday afternoon and heard a presentation on how high school students throughout the five-county area can take advantage of college courses offered at Iowa Lakes.
Executive Dean of Instruction and Development Mark Gruwell introduced Kari Hampe, Secondary Programs Director for the presentation.
The college offers a variety of learning opportunities to high school students: Career Academies; Career and Technical Education Programming; College Prep; Educational and Postsecondary Enrollment; Shared Programming; and Articulation Agreements. Through these opportunities, high school students are able to accumulate college credits and other coursework that seamlessly transfers into not only Iowa Lakes Community College, but also regent universities.
Two students spoke about their experiences. Jackie Carlson, Emmetsburg, is taking general, postsecondary educational courses in her high school and at Iowa Lakes; and Kimberlee Pouykham , Estherville, is a student who took career academy courses while in high school and now is a full-time student in the Hotel and Restaurant Management program.
Both of the students discussed the advantages of participating in secondary programs while in high school. Not only did the students save substantial tuition costs, but they also gained valuable experience by being exposed to the rigors of college coursework.
A proposed new Swine facility for the college farm was reviewed with the Trustees by Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management. Since this structure is an educational unit with a smaller number of swine units, it is considered a small animal feeding operation. The base bid is to remove the existing farrowing house/nursery and place on the existing pit. The Trustees will accept two separate bids for portions of the construction. Estimated cost of the facility is $400,000.
In other business, the Trustees approved final training agreements with Brownmed, Inc. (Spirit Lake) and Simonsen Iron Works, Inc. (Spencer). These agreements help area businesses ensure that employees receive the training they need to make the business successful.
Also during the meeting, the Trustees held a public hearing on the annual published budget for fiscal year 2014 for Iowa Lakes. The total budget is for $37.5 million. The Trustees approved the data.
In other business, scholarship applications are coming in to the college with a deadline date of April 1; and, a Laker Hall of Fame – planned for March 1-2 – is being coordinated by the Alumni and Friends Association along with the Athletics Department.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees is set for Tuesday, March 19, at the Estherville campus.