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Opportunities await high school students taking college credit classes

March 21, 2017

The Trustees of Iowa Lakes learned about partnerships and opportunities with high school students during their meeting Tuesday afternoon at the college’s SERT Center in Estherville.

While introducing Kari Hampe, Director of High School Partnerships for Iowa Lakes Community College, Scott Stokes, Vice President of Administration, reminded everyone of the inordinate number of partnerships that exist between Iowa Lakes and area high schools.

“The opportunities students have in area high schools are just phenomenal,” Stokes said. “Partnerships with area high schools provide students with options to get a jump start on their academic & employment careers.”

This is part of the PowerPoint presentation given by Kari Hampe, Director of High School Partnerships, to the Trustees of Iowa Lakes. Many options are available for high school students to receive college credit.

Hampe followed that theme with numerous examples of what Iowa Lakes is doing with high schools in this region to provide advanced education. They included:

  • Career Exploration Days which were held this year on campuses in Emmetsburg and Estherville where 191 high school students had a chance to experience growth about careers with hands-on activities;

  • Career Academy focusing on Career and Technical Education (CTE) where students may attend classes at either their high school or Iowa Lakes and receive concurrent enrollment credit; 

  • Concurrent Enrollment (Arts & Science) coursework where college approved high school teachers follow the college syllabus while teaching at their high school;

  • And, shared programs (CTE and Career Option) where college instructors teach in a high school following the college syllabus for that class.

In addition, Hampe shared information about the extraordinary percentage of students enrolled in college credit classes in the Iowa Lakes Region. More than 60 percent of the students at North Union are taking courses that provide them with college credit. In addition, the average percent of students taking classes with Iowa Lakes is nearly 40 percent. That exceeds the statewide average by 14 percent.  

In other business, the Trustees held a public hearing on the Performing Arts Center planned for the Estherville campus.

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, updated the Trustees on the bids which were received and publically opened on Thursday, March 16. Two bids were submitted. Christensen Construction, Estherville, for a base bid of $8,475,800, and Larson Contracting, Lake Mills, for a base bid of $10,100,000. Both bids exceeded FRK Architects construction estimate of $6,130,202. 

Due to the wide variance in the estimates, the Trustees rejected all bids and chose to ask the architectural firm to value engineer the bid specifications. The construction budget from the architects would then go back to the Trustees at their meeting April 18 with a proposed new bid opening in May.

The Trustees also received a progress report on the construction project of the Emmetsburg Student Services addition. The steel, upper framing and upper roof are complete and the waterproofing of the upper walls is currently in progress. Grading of the parking lot could start as early as mid-April, based on the weather.

At the Algona campus, Hiney will be meeting later this week with CMBA Architects and Beck Engineering to review the grade design for the planned addition to the Algona campus. And, supplies are beginning to arrive for the new roof at the Spencer campus.

Iowa Lakes Community College continues to work with area business and industry to assist in job growth in the region. The Trustees accepted preliminary agreements for the 260E New Jobs Training Program in Fiscal Year 2017. 

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, shared information on the preliminary donations for the College Farm Lab’s crop inputs for the 2017 growing season.

Rogers then pointed out that the final deadline to apply for fall scholarships at Iowa Lakes is midnight April 1. Those interested may check the college website of where there is a direct link to the application process.

In other business, the Trustees approved campus housing and meal plan rates for the 2018 fiscal year with the amount going up 2.6 percent.  

Finally, the Trustees heard reports from fellow board members.

The next meeting for the Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes.

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