Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees met in Spencer Tuesday afternoon where they received an update on the Spencer campus and met with a student from the Massage Therapy program.
Mary Faber, Director of the Spencer campus, talked about what attracts students to the campus. Most students attend because of the Allied Health program including Medical Office Technology, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapy, Surgical Technology, Healthcare Administration and Pharmacy Tech. In addition, students who are seeking their general education credits and those who are in other majors, such as accounting, sales and marketing as well as business. Those courses plus general education courses may be taken via the college's advanced television system, which saves them travel time and gasoline costs.
The Spencer campus also houses the RSVP Volunteer Program, the Small Business Development Center, the Educational Talent Search (TRIO) program, a Pathway Navigator, an Educational Counselor, Men's and Women's soccer, an English Language Learning facilitator, evening and weekend nursing, and a four-year educational partner, Buena Vista University.
She then introduced Kerry Belgrave, a student in the Massage Therapy program. Belgrave shared his unique story about why he selected Iowa Lakes. Originally from Barbados, he re-connected with some very close Barbadian friends in 2012 who had moved to Emmetsburg. His friends recommended that he look at Iowa Lakes for any program in which he might be interested. He visited the college website and discovered the Massage Therapy program.
He expressed his appreciation for the kind welcome he received upon his arrival.
"The school year proved to be one of the most wonderful experiences I have had in my life," Belgrave said. "In the midst of coping with moderate culture shock and an even bigger shock in terms of the weather here in Iowa, the Massage program was absolutely amazing."
That education will help him in his next step.
When he completes the Massage Therapy program, he intends to stay in the area and transfer into the daytime Nursing program at the Emmetsburg campus starting this spring.
Also during the meeting, the Trustees gave the go-ahead to Bob L'Heureux, Vice President of Administration, to implement a printing efficiency program. This will provide savings to the college's budget and bring much needed new printing equipment to all campuses of the college. The five-year agreement is with A&B Business Solutions.
He also discussed the Fiscal Year 2015 operational budget with the Trustees who approved the $21.2 million budget.
Last month, tuition and fees were set for most college courses. This month, tuition for Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) classes and Ed2Go classes was approved at $157 per credit hour. Minnesota tuition for credit courses at Iowa Lakes was set at $160 per credit hour.
In economic development matters, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, discussed economic development in this region. That included a resolution concerning additional action on the Issuance of Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates not to exceed $2.99 million, which impact several firms throughout the region by providing needed training for new employees.
In addition, a preliminary 260E Training Agreement was approved.
Rogers also received approval to accept a donation of a diesel engine including parts from Hagie Manufacturing Company.