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Iowa Lakes makes big impact with SERTech Event

March 20, 2015
Estherville News

It may have been spring break at Iowa Lakes Community College this week, but the campus was buzzing - with techies of all ages and persuasions.

It was SERTech week, in which the college hosted training sessions for wind energy industry professionals from around the country as well as educational sessions for both high-school and middle-school students. And everyone had a great time.

As a follow-up to WindTech co-hosted two years ago with Windpower magazine, this year's event was hosted by the college with support from the National Coalition of Certification Centers, Snap-on, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Brockway Mechanical & Roofing, Van Meter, BRAAS and TES.

The sessions for wind energy professionals through the week included NC3 certifications, robotics, lock out tag out, climber rescuer training for the wind industry and many other sessions.

On Monday, students from area high schools had hands-on sessions in electrical safety, working at height safety and automation safety followed by a keynote by Richard Hawk, motivational speaker on safety.

On Wednesday, seventh- and eighth-grade girls from area schools attended several STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sessions. While the sessions were fun, including tasks like making envelopes or seeing how much faster they could bead a necklace the second time around, they also had to put on their thinking caps to try to solve a seemingly impossible problem - solving world hunger.

SERTech and hosting the northwest Iowa STEM hub are major factors that are going to make the college grow exponentially as it reaches out globally to students who will solve global problems. The wind energy and turbine technology program has already brought in a number of international students who are learning skills here to take back to their own countries.

We can rest assured that the word will spread, and Iowa Lakes and Estherville will be a place to be reckoned with in the world of technology.



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