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Iowa Lakes Trustees Updated On Student Learning Options

By Staff | Sep 17, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees learned about the variety of learning options for students during the monthly meeting of the board Tuesday afternoon in Estherville. The employment contract of the college’s president was also extended by the Trustees during the session, held in the Iowa Lakes Administrative Offices.

Theresa Zeigler, Director of Distance and Global Education at Iowa Lakes reviewed the college’s history in distance education, which has included delivery formats such as interactive television classes, tele-courses and online learning. Zeigler also addressed the changes in technology in today’s society and the needs of learners and how Iowa Lakes have evolved to offer interactive educational content for students at a distance. Ongoing faculty development of options for communicating and teaching via the Internet have given college instructors new tools to teach – and interact – with students.

In other business, the trustees considered three board policies. The Missing Student Notification procedures were approved and two policies; one which updates the language to reflect the new state election schedule and another which reinforces the board’s ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) procedures for Trustee meetings -both received preliminary approvals.

The Trustees approved and accepted a donation of a 1988 Caterpillar 963 track loader from Jordan & Sons of Lenox. Students will be able to apply skills learned in classes to effect repairs on the loader, which the college will be able to sell once the repairs are made.

Reports on construction progress for Wind Energy Building in Estherville and The Dock food service facility in Spencer were given by Facilities Director Delaine Hiney, who also updated the Trustees on steps the college has made concerning a potential pandemic/outbreak of influenza and the college’s Climate Commitment plan to save energy.

In reviewing financial reports and bills, the college’s Chief Financial Officer Bob L’Heureux recommended to the Trustees that Iowa Lakes maintain a fund balance of 1/12th of the general unrestricted fund expenditures and reach a level where the college retains two percent of revenues over expenses as a college-wide goal each year.