Letter to the Editor
This letter is about a learning place that has touched the lives of most of your readers. It's about jobs and Iowa Lakes Community College; your local "tech savvy" community college.
Today's work world requires high tech knowledge for high pay jobs. At Iowa Lakes, that "tech-knowledge" is being driven by a modest "equipment replacement" levy that voters in all five (5) Iowa Lakes counties approved 10 years ago. We are asking voters to approve the "renewal" of the 6-cent levy for another 10 years. It's on the ballot September 9, 2014.
It means a lot to the students whose jobs/careers depend on high tech-knowledge. Consider the large numbers of students; more than 8,000 will be served this year at Iowa Lakes Community College when you calculate the sum total of students enrolled in all learning programs including the non-credit certification programs plus the 3,300 seeking college credit. What would our volunteer fire fighters and emergency responders do without the availability of Iowa Lakes training facilities?
By voting "yes" on September 9th, the equipment replacement levy will be assuring students that Iowa Lakes' learning labs feature the hands-on equipment that prepares them for the job market. Even student nurse training requires "tech-knowledge" learning with life-like computerized mannequins. Agriculture students are learning precision agriculture methods with the use of satellite guidance systems. And as you know, Iowa Lakes Community College is leading the way in certifying students to work in Wind Energy careers; one of the first in the nation. In addition, local manufacturers like Polaris rely on skilled workers who have earned Welding certificates.
On the ballot September 9, 2014, the technology levy renewal is referred to as the "Equipment Replacement" initiative. As a friend of Iowa Lakes Community College and 32-year taxpayer of the College district, I urge you to vote "yes" September 9th.
(signed) David E. Nixon, Ed.D.