Trustees set tuition at Iowa Lakes for upcoming year
Tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 college year were approved by the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College at their meeting Tuesday afternoon in Spirit Lake.
The Trustees approved raising all tuition rates by $7 per credit hour. In-state student tuition will be $179 per credit hour while residents of Minnesota will pay $184 per credit hour. Non-Residents and International students will pay $190 per credit hour and, online courses will be $184 per credit hour. Mandatory fees are not changing. Some fees for specific academic programs and courses have been adjusted to reflect actual costs associated with the programs.
The featured subject for the Tuesday meeting was the Spirit Lake campus. Mary Faber, who directs the campus, introduced staff and shared highlights.
Upgrades at the campus have been appreciated as new carpeting was installed along with painting this year which has definitely brightened the environment. Faber also shared that numerous high school students were on campus this spring as they gained post-secondary credit especially through Allied Health and Math coursework. And she highlighted how the Iowa Lakes video conferencing TV system provides local students with classes close to home.
One of those students was Derrick Feldhans, Spirit Lake, who graduated Summa Cum Laude last week with his Accounting Specialist degree.
Feldhans graduated from Pocahontas and then moved with his family to Spirit Lake, living a few blocks from campus.
“Teachers always made time for us,” Feldhans said. “TV classes were nice so whenever I went to visit my dad, I could just go to Emmetsburg. Everything was real convenient and it was a good experience here.”
One of the highlights of his time at Iowa Lakes was being selected to attend the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute during the summer of 2017. Feldhans said the time at OEI was outstanding and felt that it was a valuable experience to add to his resume.
In other action before the Trustees, Robert Leifeld, Vice President of Administration, presented the list of Spring Graduates, which was approved.
Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, was authorized to sell up to $2 million in bonds to support new jobs training in the Iowa Lakes region.
Rogers also shared that the Iowa Lakes Foundation met and reviewed proposals from three companies to provide soda and water beverages for the college. The Foundation recommended entering into a five-year exclusive agreement with Atlantic Bottling Company (Coca Cola) beginning July 1, which the Trustees approved.
They also accepted gifts from Avera Holy Family and Cheryle Himes.
And, she highlighted upcoming summer events. On June 1, the Clay County Non-Event Scholarship Fundraising event will be held; June 7-8 is the Lakes Health Conference featuring Dr. Josh Umbehr, co founder of Atlas MD; and the Dickinson County Luau is set for Thursday, June 21.
Also during the meeting, Board of Trustees President Janice Lund appointed Cindy Oviatt to serve as Board Secretary, which was then approved by the Trustees.
The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, June 19 at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes.
Derrick Feldhans shares a light moment with the Trustees of Iowa Lakes. He graduated Summa Cum Laude last week with his Accounting Specialist degree.
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