Area residents are welcome to attend a unique ribbon cutting planned for Wednesday, Nov. 21, at all campuses of Iowa Lakes Community College.
The event will mark the official public unveiling of the college’s remarkable video conferencing system which will connect with nine area high schools as well as 10 classrooms at the college.
An Open House starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by a short ceremony broadcast over the TV system. During the ceremony, Ribbon Cuttings will take place at each campus – plus one participating area high school. Each location will participate in the ceremony with introductions and then will have their own, live ribbon cutting as the other sites watch.
Iowa Lakes has a long tradition of providing classes at multiple locations.
In the early 1980s, Iowa Lakes launched a television learning system where the classroom image was transmitted via microwave radio technology. The TV video was only one directional, but students could talk with professors using tabletop “push-to-talk” microphones. At the time, Iowa Lakes was a pioneer in the industry.
Then, at the turn of the century, the college upgraded to two-way TV images – and two-way audio – in its classrooms.
The latest upgrade should impress visitors.
“This unveiling will offer the public a chance to see just how distinctive this video image is,” said Bob L’Heureux, Vice President of Administration. “Everyone is welcome to attend and see how this new system has improved teaching and learning.”