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Business careers highlighted at Iowa Lakes trustees meeting

April 18, 2017

The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College gathered on the Emmetsburg campus this month and learned of numerous job opportunities in business careers.

Scott Stokes, Vice President of Administration, introduced Professor Deb Jones.

At Iowa Lakes, students pursuing a business career may take several pathways in the curriculum.

Courses include Administrative Assistant, Business Specialist and Office Specialist. Those wishing a diploma, may wish to pursue Business Specialist or Office Specialist – both one-year programs. The two-year option is the Associate in Applied Science degree achievable in the Administrative Assistant program.

Graduates seek employment in a variety of business and government careers.

“There is something for everyone,” Jones told the Trustees. “Some positions require working and communicating with colleagues while others succeed in an environment using their technology knowledge while working on their computer without much interaction with the public.” 

“Look at your county and community and you will find graduates from our programs.”

Professor Deb Jones talked about how graduates have a wide variety of good-paying job opportunities in business careers.

Professor Deb Jones talked about how graduates have a wide variety of good-paying job opportunities in business careers.

Jones meets frequently with her Advisory Committee in an effort to ensure that the curriculum taught in the classroom replicates the ‘real world.’

Haylee Logue, Dickens, will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree as an Administrative Assistant next month.

She recorded a video in advance of the meeting telling the Trustees that she tried two other programs before discovering that her interest was in business.

“During the last two years, I have had a lot of opportunities. I received my Microsoft Word Certification and joined BPA (Business Professionals of America),” Logue said. 

Her practicum was in the accounting department at Okoboji Motor Company.

“I have been offered full-time employment after I graduate in May,” she said. 

She also believes the lifetime skills she has gained will help her be successful. And, Logue credits the leadership knowledge she gained as being valuable for her future.   

 “We are very fortunate to have Iowa Lakes Community College in the area so we can obtain a college degree locally,” Logue said. 

Haylee Logue, Dickens, shared her story with the Trustees of Iowa Lakes via a video.Haylee Logue, Dickens, shared her story with the Trustees of Iowa Lakes via a video.

In other business, the Facilities Management Executive Director Delaine Hiney shared the architectural changes suggested for the soon-to-be-built Estherville Fine Arts facility.

After input from the Trustees, the date was set for a public bid opening on the project for 2 p.m. on May 11 with a public hearing on May 16 at 4:30 p.m., at the Spirit Lake campus.

The addition to the Algona campus now has completed specifications.

This bond project has an estimated construction and drainage budget of just over $1.5 million. The public bid opening for this project will be on May 11 at 10:30 a.m. with bids being presented to the Trustees on May 16 at 4:30 p.m., at the Spirit Lake campus.

In economic development matters, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, talked about job growth in the region.

Publication of notice to the public with details of the bond sale along with preliminary official statement (POS) and electronic bidding process disclosing financial information for potential bidders was approved for an estimated 149 jobs throughout the five-county area. 

In addition, Rogers received approval for several recent donations to the college including $50,000 in scholarships for nursing students from the Kathryn Voight Bequest; $5,000 from NorthStar Bank for sponsorship of 10 chairs in the Performing Arts Center; a gift from PPG Refinish (Randy Shultz) and Arnold Motor Supply (Grant Schenk) of paint toners for the Auto Collision program which is valued at $6,500; and 2017 Crop Inputs for the College Farm Lab totaling more than $55,000. 

The Trustees moved ahead with the first steps for accessing the second portion of funding through the $16 million bond referendum approved by voters in February of 2016.

Jeff Soper, Chief Financial Officer, received approval to advertise for the sale of general obligation bonds not to exceed $8 million. Soper pointed out that now that the full $16 million in bonds will be sold, the property tax levy associated with the repayment of bonds will be at 19.4-cents per $1,000 of valuation which is a savings for residents of nearly 2-cents per $1,000 of valuation. 

The regular meeting wrapped up with reports given by the Trustees. 

The next meeting of the Trustees is set for Tuesday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the Spirit Lake campus.

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