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ESTHERVILLE - Updates on three programs working hand-in-hand to improve student success were featured at the Feb. 20 Board of Trustees meeting at Iowa Lakes Community College. Talent Search, Upward Bound and TRIO-SSS programs are making a huge difference

February 27, 2018
Emmetsburg News

ESTHERVILLE?- Updates on three programs working hand-in-hand to improve student success were featured at the Feb. 20 Board of Trustees meeting at Iowa Lakes Community College. Talent Search, Upward Bound and TRIO-SSS programs are making a huge difference in the lives of students planning on attending colleges, such as Iowa Lakes.

Trudy Ahrens, TRIO Director, told the Trustees that the the three programs, which are all federally funded grant programs work together to ensure that students have a pathway to college.

The Talent Search program works with students as young as sixth grade. Kim Campbell coordinates the activities along with Kim Traub and LaCrecia Haywood to serve students in Algona Public, Bishop Garrigan, Emmetsburg Public and Catholic, Estherville Lincoln Central, Graettinger-Terril, North Union, Okoboji, Ruthven-Ayrshire, Spencer Public and Sacred Heart, Spirit Lake and West Bend-Mallard.

The main goal of the Talent Search program is to help students navigate the path toward high school graduation and college enrollment. Students are eligible to participate if they meet one of two requirements which includes being a first-generation student (neither parent has a four-year college degree) or meet a specific taxable income guideline. Just over two-thirds of the students must meet both requirements. The program is funded to serve 778 students in the five-county area served by Iowa Lakes.

The second program is called Upward Bound and is led by Nicole Heng, who works in concert with Matt Mincey to reach 60 high school students at Emmetsburg, Estherville and Spencer. This is an intensive program with the goal to assist students in successfully finishing their secondary education and preparing them academically and socially for enrollment and completion of college. Students are eligible if they meet the same guidelines as Talent Search (concerning the taxable income recommendation or being a first-generation student.)

The TRIO-SSS staff members Tiffany Neavin and Stacey Geerdes serve some 200 students at Iowa Lakes. Focusing on providing the skills and motivation necessary for graduation from Iowa Lakes, the main emphasis is to have participants successfully transfer to a four-year university. Student participants are required to meet the same guidelines as the other two programs, yet they could join if they have a documented learning, mental or physical disability.

Several students who have participated in the programspoke with the Trustees on their experiences with the programs. They include Derrick Feldhans of Spirit Lake; Chelsea Cave of Cherokee; Nate Benson of Spencer; and Keeven Long of Ruthven.

The Iowa Lakes TRIO Programs are supported through assistance from Monica Rosacker.

In other business, the first reading of a board policy was brought to the meeting by Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management. Wording was updated in the Health and Safety Regulations and Procedures section. The Trustees waived the second reading and voted to approve the changes as presented.

She also gave updates on college building projects.

In Emmetsburg, work continues on a resolution to the heating concerns in the Emmetsburg Student Services Center. The system performance has improved, yet future meetings will attempt to achieve the proper balance of the system.

The block layers continue to lay block for the Estherville Fine Arts whenever the weather allows. They work inside a heated plastic canopy. Christensen construction has also been installing the bar joists that increase the snow load on the college's existing roof.

The Emmetsburg kitchen stainless walls have been put into place and Dining Services has been open for business. In the near future, Hiney will present data concerning replacing and extending the existing drain lines to the Trustees.

In Algona, the new addition should be enclosed in the next two weeks. The heating blankets are in place and hopefully concrete will be poured in the next month.

In other business at the meeting, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, updated the Trustees on the preliminary 260E New Jobs Training Bond issuance which is slated for later this year. She reported that each county in the district has at least one company participating.

Rogers also shared that $861,950 was awarded in scholarships for the current academic year with 88 percent of the students completing a scholarship application receiving at least one scholarship. The average award was just over $2,000.

Jeff Soper, Chief Financial Officer, introduced Sherry Titterington of Williams & Company who presented the Trustees with their review of the FY 17 Audit Report. The report was issued with an unmodified opinion which means the report was a 'clean' review and continues the history of the college for good audit reports.

Also, the Trustees conducted a public hearing for the college's published budget for the 2018 - 2019 fiscal year. The Trustees approved the published budget, which shows expenditures estimated at $44.34 million.

And, Soper presented the proposed housing and dining services rates for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Under the proposal, housing rates would remain the same as the current college year at $1,490 per term while dining service plans would see between a 1% and 2.6% increase depending on the food service plan option chosen. The Trustees approved the proposed Housing and Dining Services prices for fiscal year 2019.



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