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Iowa Lakes Trustees Visit Algona Campus

By Staff | Apr 30, 2009

ALGONA – Two students from the Algona campus of Iowa Lakes Community College shared their personal stories with the Trustees of Iowa Lakes at their meeting on Apr. 21.

Erin Peterson has a bachelor’s degree and had been working as a director of catering and event services in Chicago. She chose to come to Iowa Lakes to learn new skills for a career change.

Raechel Fox is a non-traditional student who entered college for the first time this past fall. She is a student senator and went to the legislative meeting in Des Moines with other student senators to share her story of why she is glad she decided to start college.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees endorsed a change in the Nursing Program curriculum. The modification basically makes Practical Nursing and the Associate Degree Nursing programs as stand-alone programs effective in the fall of 2010. This curriculum change enables the Nursing Program to apply for National League of Nursing Accreditation. It also allows for better preparation of students when taking state board exams and maximizes the use of clinical facilities.

In Facilities Management, Executive Director Delaine Hiney received approval for the college to participate in a project at the Spencer Soccer complex, provided the college’s 20? is renewed; and will move ahead on a basic remodeling project to provide a student study area and meal space at Gateway North in Spencer.

The Trustees accepted resignations from three staff members: Trudy Kattner, Dean of the Algona campus; Mary Mohni, Chief Academic Officer; and Rachel Poncelet, counselor. In addition, the Trustees passed a motion to receive and file the recommendation for termination of an instructor, in accordance with the Code of Iowa. 

A resolution allowing the college to play a part in ISCAP (Iowa School Anticipation Program) was approved. It allows Iowa Lakes to participate with other ISCAP members to combine temporary cash flow borrowing needs in a safe, cost-effective program. 

In addition, the cooperative agreement between Iowa Lakes and the City of Emmetsburg for the operation of the pool at the Smith Wellness Center was approved for a period of five years. The City of Emmetsburg will pay Iowa Lakes $41,000 for FY10 and a $1,000 increase each year through FY14.

The college year is beginning to wind down. Spring Commencement will be Friday, May 15.