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Iowa Lakes Covid-19 Policies & Procedures Discussed at Trustee Meeting

December 16, 2020

(Estherville, Iowa) The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met Tuesday afternoon for their regularly scheduled board meeting via Zoom.

During Tuesday's meeting, the 2019-2020 board was adjourned by the Board of Trustees President, Janice Lund, and Cindy Oviatt, Board Secretary, called the 2020-2021 board to order. 

The Trustees elected officers with Janice Lund re-elected as Board President and Pat Kibbie re-elected Vice President. Additionally, Cindy Oviatt was appointed to serve as Secretary and Jeff Soper as Treasurer. Scot Bauermeister was selected as the attorney to represent the Trustees.

After completing organizational business, Julie Williams, Executive Dean of Students, and Kathy Muller, Executive Director of Human Resources, provided the Board with an update on student and employee COVID-19 policies and procedures.

"We have been very pleased by the efforts put forth by the students and employees of Iowa Lakes Community College as Iowa Lakes has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their willingness to adhere to the established policies and procedures of social distancing, wearing masks, and following quarantine guidelines has allowed us to limit the exposures and spread of COVID-19 on our campuses," said Williams.

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, received approval to accept bids to replace HVAC system #5 on the Estherville Campus. A virtual bid opening is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 1:00 pm. The formal public hearing for the project will occur on January 19, 2021, at 4:30 pm during the regularly scheduled Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees meeting.

Additionally, Hiney updated the Board on the construction progress with the College Farm Building Project and the Cosmetology Lab, both located on the Emmetsburg Campus. 

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, shared over 200 people completed classes courtesy of the Federal CARES Act $100,000 Employer Innovation Fund Grant at Iowa Lakes.

Rogers also updated the Board on progress made on the Algona Campus for the Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship Grant, “With all the challenges of COVID, a wonderful bright spot for our workforce has been the Federal CARES Act grant opportunities. Iowa Lakes received the Innovation Grant and a $250,000 Apprenticeship Grant. The standards for the Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship program are approved. We are excited to be able to offer this amazing opportunity for businesses in and around the Algona community.”

Students are scheduled to begin using the Industrial Maintenance Training Lab on the Algona Campus starting in January 2021. Rogers also noted that the Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship program will be offered at the Spirit Lake Campus, in the industrial training lab.

In other business, the Trustees discussed recent meetings attended, and the meeting was adjourned.

The Trustees' next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the SERT Facility, Snap-On Conference Room, 2421 7th Ave. South Estherville, Iowa, and via Zoom.

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