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Fall 2020 Student Return to Campus

Fall 2020 Return

Valerie Newhouse

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration of Iowa Lakes Community College, I want to express how eager we are to have you back. We look forward to seeing your familiar faces return as we prepare for the beginning of our next academic year.

As you all know, the emergence of COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, and classes at Iowa Lakes are no exception. Fortunately, the faculty and staff were able to respond quickly and adapt during our spring semester, allowing us to shift many classes online to safely move forward. We appreciate your flexibility and your trust in Iowa Lakes as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

Students returning in the fall will encounter some changes to our class formats. In addition to face-to-face and traditional online classes, we’re pleased to launch a virtual course option called LAKER LIVE. Further details about these exciting changes are included on this page in the left side menu.

We have also made some important changes that will allow us to communicate more effectively with each of you. Returning students should now plan to use your Iowa Lakes email for all official correspondence with the college. It is critical that you get into the routine of checking and using your Iowa Lakes email frequently.

Iowa Lakes has been working closely with local, state and national public health experts to provide the safest environment for our students and staff. Classroom and lab sections have been arranged to accommodate social distancing guidelines, while developing plans that allow us to resume most activities that enrich your college experience. 

I want each of you to know that the beginning of the academic year is special for me. The campus becomes more and more active as students arrive, excited and hopeful for the possibilities and potential of the new semester. While there have been some changes, that feeling of excitement and possibilities is still strong on our campuses. You have made a smart choice continuing your education at Iowa Lakes. I look forward to watching you explore your potential and take the first steps toward your successful future.

It’s good to have our Laker family home! We are Laker Proud.

Valerie Newhouse

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