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Flexible Learning Formats

Do you seek different time frames for your classes?

Iowa Lakes offers a number of flexible learning formats that you might be able to work into your schedule.  These include Evening Classes, Fast Track, Flex Term, Hybrid, Independent Study, Laker Express Online Learning and Third Age College.

Evening Classes

Evening classes include a wide variety of curriculum beginning as early as 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Some courses meet once a week; others meet twice a week. Classes last between 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the coursework. Classes end no later than 9 p.m.  

"Fast Track" Accelerated Credit Courses

“Fast-Track” courses are accelerated courses that allow students complete a college course in less time when compared to the traditional 16-week semester. Fast-track courses offer the same content and quality as traditional courses. Because of the accelerated nature of “Fast Track” courses, course load and limitations rules may apply. Contact Iowa Lakes for more information.

Flex Term Courses

Yet another format for obtaining college credit is the Flex Term. In this format, a normal college course can be delivered in one-half a semester, while attending classes twice as often during that time. This gives a more intense coverage of the material.  Contact Iowa Lakes for more information.


Hybrid courses are a combination of face-to-face and online content.

Independent Study

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A variety of course work is available in Business, Humanities, Student Development, Mathematics, Psychology and Social Sciences. These transferable Independent Study Classes are instructor guided and available at all campuses unless indicated otherwise.  

Laker Express

Laker Express courses consist of a series of courses during the semester, each lasting three weeks in length.  The courses are currently held on the Estherville campus and meet from 1-4:55 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may take the full series each semester and limit their time in the classroom so they may work in the evenings or mornings.  This addition of a Laker Express course can be a good option for those who need to maintain full-time status.  

Online Learning

There has been explosive enrollment growth in online enrollment recently.  More than 800 students are taking at least one online course – that’s more than 25 percent of the student body. Online classes include ‘threaded discussions’ of the professor and the students in the class. Iowa Lakes is collaborating with other colleges to learn and create new courses and learning objectives.

Third Age College

The Third Age College is an educational organization that provides an academic setting to enrich the lives of individuals over the age of 55 and other interested people. Classes meet in Spencer on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and in Spirit Lake on Wednesdays. A variety of topics and subject areas are covered in courses.

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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