SPIRIT?LAKE?- Tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 college year were approved by the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College at their meeting Tuesday afternoon in Spirit Lake.
In-state student tuition will be $155 per credit hour. Non-Residents and International students will pay $166 per credit hour. Mandatory fees are not changing.
The featured subject for the Tuesday meeting was the Spirit Lake campus and its positive impact on students. Heather Asmus, Supervisor of the Spirit Lake campus, introduced staff members to the Trustees and then talked about the partnership the campus has with Buena Vista University. In addition, the Spirit Lake campus is home to the Dickinson County RSVP program as well as the Volunteer Action Center (VAC).
Dian Steele, a recent Iowa Lakes graduate, told the Trustees about her pathway to Iowa Lakes. She appreciated having the Spirit Lake campus nearby as she took both daytime and evening coursework. Many classes were offered over the college's telecommunications system, which allows students to attend from a campus of their choice. She has also taken online and Success Center courses to reach her degree. Steele is already enrolled at Buena Vista University planning to achieve her B.A. degree and eventually her Master's degree.
In other action before the Trustees, Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, presented the list of Spring Graduates which was approved.
Updates from Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, included a change order slightly lowering the cost on the new Sustainable Energy and Resources Technologies building in Estherville. She also talked about options for fixing the roof at the college's Spencer campus.
Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, was authorized to proceed with public notification concerning the sale of New Jobs Training certificates, and, an ice machine from McCormack Distributing was accepted as a donation to the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning program.
Rogers also shared that the college's first new pathway opportunity will be a Basic Workplace Computing class which will be piloted on the Emmetsburg campus starting June 9. The 60-hour training program will be taught by Deb Jones, Professor of the Administrative Assistant program.
And, she highlighted the upcoming summer events which raise funds for scholarships for students at Iowa Lakes.
The college's master contract with the Iowa Lakes Education Association for the 2015 Fiscal Year was approved by the Trustees. This year's negotiations provided a total package increase of 3.75 percent. As part of the new agreement, the college will implement a high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account.
The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, June 17 at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes.