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Broadcasting Program Featured At Iowa Lakes Trustees Meeting

By Staff | Aug 20, 2009

The members of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College were updated Tuesday afternoon on the Broadcasting program which is based at the Estherville campus.

Darin Moeller, Executive Dean of the Estherville campus, introduced Bob Pritchard, Assistant Professor of the Broadcast Media Specialist program. Pritchard showcased the upgrades which are occurring in the program, thanks to funding from the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.

Technicians are currently installing a Skylla Broadcast System which will be the big step needed to allow students to broadcast live on the Internet. Internet broadcasts are of particular interest since students will, in essence, broadcast worldwide.

“This will enhance the program and we should be able to attract more students interested in broadcasting,” Pritchard said.

Students may choose to focus on TV video production – on air and behind the scenes talent – or radio broadcasting.

The Broadcast Media Specialist program includes two full years of college education with students achieving an Associate in Science degree. At the completion of the A.S. degree, students may choose to get a job or transfer to four-year colleges.

In other business, Judy Cook , Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, presented the list of summer graduates which were approved by the Trustees.

Also, the Trustees held the first reading of a Missing Student Notification Policy which will be required by July 1, 2010. The exact steps will be outlined on the college Web site and in the student handbook. They also passed the second reading of an addition to the Board Policy which involves potential identity theft.

Two donated gifts have been given to the college. The Trustees accepted a Victory Motorcycle from Polaris Industries for the Motorcycle Technology program. A second gift – a Laser Alignment System from Ludeca Inc. – was given to the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program.

Financial reports for June and July were approved; and the Trustees approved a banking services proposal from Bank Midwest.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees gave oral reports on college and statewide committees.