SPIRIT LAKE - Tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 college year were approved by the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College at their meeting Tuesday afternoon in Spirit Lake.
Student tuition for Iowa (and Minnesota) residents will be $146 per credit hour. Non-residents and international students will pay $148 per credit hour. Mandatory fees are not changing. Fees for various programs were adjusted as needed.
The featured subject for the meeting was the Spirit Lake campus and its impact on students. Heather Asmus, Supervisor of the Spirit Lake campus, introduced staff members to the Trustees and then talked about the partnerships the campus has working with Buena Vista University and the Volunteer Action Center (VAC).
Christina Ostavic, Director of VAC, shared information on the work VAC has done in the communities of Dickinson County. Ostavic was also able to re-invigorate the RSVP program in the county through a new grant from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.
Two students who take their classes at the Spirit Lake campus were showcased. Summer James of Spirit Lake has worked with Iowa Lakes in the past and has now advanced to class work to achieve her associate in arts degree. She is also a Spirit Lake Student Senator and writes for the college newspaper "The Spindrift." She will likely transfer to a four-year college after she graduates from Iowa Lakes.
Ashly Reimers is from Lakefield, Minnesota. She has participated in many Iowa Lakes music events, including coffee houses and the music trip to Texas. She is working on her associate in arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year college upon graduation. Reimers shared how much she appreciates the low student-to-faculty ratio and how valuable it is to be able to talk with her professors after class.
Fast Track courses offered during this summer term at the Spirit Lake campus include: Music Appreciation, Jazz History and Appreciation, Marriage and Family, and Minority Group Relations. Openings are available in all courses. In addition, coaching certification classes will be held throughout the summer.
In other action before the Trustees, the list of spring graduates was approved; and Mark Gruwell gave an update on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Hub announcement from last week. Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, said the next step will be to hire a STEM Programmer and then form a regional advisory committee. After that, the person will be responsible to coordinate efforts to enhance STEM curriculum for students throughout northwest Iowa.
Julie Williams, Dean of Students, talked to the Trustees about the increase in the number of student-athletes at Iowa Lakes. Athletic training services for those students will be increased following approval of an expanded Athletic Training Services Agreement with Spencer Hospital. With the recent addition of Swimming and Diving as well as more students playing Soccer, the college chose to expand the contract to ensure that Athletic Trainers are available for practices and game coverage for those sports. Currently, the needs of the Estherville campus student-athletes are being met through Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
Updates from Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, included word that the college wind turbine is back in operation. It had been sidelined when the transformer at the base of the turbine failed.
The college is also working in conjunction with the Estherville Lincoln Central booster club, the City of Estherville, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, and Christensen Construction to light the softball field on the Estherville campus. The lights should be operational by the end of the week.
And, the installation of the new, upgraded television system for classes has begun. The Estherville rooms are installed and the contractor is working in Algona this week. All five campuses are getting the upgrades. The project will be completed by July 1 and the second summer term courses will be broadcast utilizing the new system.
Clark Marshall, Executive Director of Continuing Education and Economic Development, presented a new procedure on New Jobs Training Agreements. The Trustees approved the plan, which allows more flexibility for area industry while still maintaining the integrity of the program.
Bob L'Heureux, Vice President of Administration, reviewed a policy, which ensures that the college protects individuals from identity theft; and receive the go-ahead to ask for proposals on a computer data backup and recovery system.
And, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, highlighted the upcoming summer events, which raise funds for scholarships for students at Iowa Lakes.