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Berven selected to instruct for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

December 26, 2018
Estherville News

Iowa Lakes Community College Professor Lecia Berven was selected to be one of seven instructors for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

Berven, an accounting professor who has been at the college since 1998, recently told the Iowa Lakes Board of trustees about the honor at the board's regular meeting.

"It is an honor to be a part of an economic development opportunity for small business owners," said Berven. "I am particularly excited about the opportunities available to the small business owners in our area, and I hope that they will take advantage of the expertise provided by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative."

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Berven holds a bachelor's from Buena Vista University, a bachelor's from Mankato State University, and her master's in business administration from Regis University in Colorado.

"The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program was launched nationally in 2009 and has provided $500 million in funding for the program," Berven said. "Business owners will learn how to grow revenue and grow their hiring while they receive practical business skills."

The program has partnered with Iowa's community colleges and will be the first in the nation to deliver a statewide initiative. Iowa's first cohort is scheduled for January 2019, with applications being accepted for the second cohort planned for April 2019.

In other business, Iowa Lakes Vice President of Administration Robert Leifeld presented information on the Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship Occupations Program.

"This program provides scholarship opportunities for areas of study that are considered to be high paying, high skilled and are in high demand. In addition to programs already identified, each of Iowa's community colleges were allowed to include five more that are reflective of area needs," said Leifeld.

Leifeld requested that Iowa Lakes include aviation, veterinary technician, ag production, environmental studies, and business administration. The board approved Leifield's recommendation.

Additionally, Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, shared that the College Farm underwent a third party swine facility audit. This audit was requested by Tyson Foods and may be conducted at any swine facility that sells to their organization.

"The Iowa Lakes Community College Farm received a 94.9 percent out of 100 percent scoring during this audit," said Hiney. "The average facility audit score is generally in the 70 percent range. This was an amazing finding and further demonstrates the exceptional quality of work completed by our instructors, staff, and students."

Hiney also reported that the Fine Arts Center on the Estherville Campus is continuing to move forward and that the facility has been enclosed and heated.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, provided the board with an update on activities and various Foundation scholarship fundraising events that are planned for 2019.

Rogers provided donors with guidance on year-end giving. Donations are processed by postmark in accordance with IRS regulations.

"As we are in the season of gift-giving, the Iowa Lakes Foundation continues to accept donations," Rogers said. "A gift of education is one that could change someone's life forever."

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Estherville.



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