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Trustees Set Tuition For Upcoming Year

By Staff | May 27, 2009

SPIRIT LAKE – Tuition and fees for Iowa Lakes Community College were approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting May 19, in Spirit Lake.

Student tuition for residents of Iowa will be $128 per credit hour for the 2009-2010 college year, which is up $8 per credit hour from last year or about 6.6 percent. Non-residents and international students will pay $130 per credit hour. Minnesota residents receive a waiver of non-resident tuition through a reciprocity agreement. No mandatory fees were changed, although some other fees were adjusted to reflect the needs of individual programs. Tuition and fees remain at about half the price of four-year colleges.

In other financial matters, the Trustees approved a change in the Smith Wellness Center rates in Emmetsburg. The average 10 percent increase is still substantially below comparable facilities in the region in all categories of membership.

The Iowa Lakes Report featured the Alternative High Schools operated by Iowa Lakes in cooperation with local school districts in Emmetsburg, Estherville, and Spirit Lake. Judy Cook, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, introduced Bonnie Ewoldt, an Alternative High School Lead Instructor, who shared information on the schools.

Students, ages 15-21 who have been referred by their high school counselor, work to complete credits for their home district diplomas. Ewoldt, who heads the Blue Water Alternative High School in Spirit Lake, outlined the policies. Blue Water imitates the world of work in attendance and expectations. Since the school opened in January 2003, 190 students have enrolled and 90 have completed their high school diplomas. Over 25 percent of those graduating have continued as students at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, updated the Trustees on the college’s pandemic procedures. In light of the recent issues with the H1N1 flu, Hiney reviewed the college pandemic plan and business continuity plan. She also said the college will hold its second round table exercise prior to the end of the summer to review the readiness of the college to respond to these types of situations.

The Trustees gave the go-ahead for a grant to be submitted for the Sustainable Energy Education Center in Estherville at an estimated cost of just under $1 million. Also, the Trustees approved the acquisition of a donated sub-station for the Wind Energy program. 

The Trustees accepted the resignation of Jason McCloud, head wrestling coach and housing coordinator, and approved the hiring of Tom Quastad for the agricultural programs, Sharon Berte as RSVP Coordinator for Kossuth County, and supplemental contracts.