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Iowa Lakes Community College Awarded for Military and Veteran Friendly Efforts

February 22, 2021

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(Estherville, Iowa) Iowa Lakes Community College receives award designations recognizing efforts to serve military service members and veterans. Iowa Lakes received a "Top 10 Gold" Military Friendly® designation for 2021-2022, a 2020 Top Veteran-Friendly School, and the Certified Higher-Education Academic Military Partner (CHAMP) designation.

"Iowa Lakes has a proud tradition of recognizing and supporting our Military and Veteran students and staff.   Some well-established organizations that rate educational value have recognized our efforts.  It takes the entire organization being on the same page to set Iowa Lakes apart.  We work hard to ensure that our students are getting the best value for their educational dollars. These awards tell us we are on the correct path," explained Tim Ireland, Iowa Lakes Career/Veteran/Military Services Coordinator.

Iowa Lakes received 8th place on the 2021-2022 "Top 10 Gold" Military Friendly® Schools list for small community colleges out of more than 1,000 participating schools. The "Top 10 Gold" designation is the highest honor possible through the prestigious Military Friendly® program created by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. The list is available at

U.S. Veterans Magazine designated Iowa Lakes as a 2020 Top Veteran-Friendly Schools for the 6th consecutive year at  Additionally, Iowa Lakes is proud to be a Certified Higher-Education Academic Military Partner or CHAMP school.

Iowa Lakes strives to meet military veterans' unique needs and is continually looking for ways to improve military and veteran students and faculty members' experiences. Currently, Iowa Lakes has two Veteran Centers on the main campuses, a Peer/Staff mentorship program, and multiple Military and American Legion scholarship opportunities.

If you have unused military education benefits, Iowa Lakes is proven to be the place to attend community college.  Please contact Tim Ireland to get started today at or 712-852-5284.

Military service members, veterans, and familes welcome to utilize military education benefits at Iowa Lakes Community College.
Military service members, veterans, and families welcome to utilize military education benefits at Iowa Lakes Community College.

For More Information:

Tim Ireland, Career/Veteran/Military Services Coordinator, at 712-852-5284 or

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