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Iowa Lakes College Trustees Review Early Retirement And Construction

By Staff | Jan 26, 2010

ESTHERVILLE – The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met Jan. 19, in Estherville and reviewed a wide variety of topics at their meeting.

The first item was a proposal to offer intercollegiate swimming as an addition to the sports line-up at Iowa Lakes Community College with an anticipated start date of the fall of 2011. Student-athletes would be housed at the Emmetsburg campus where they could use a competitive-sized swimming pool located at the Smith Wellness Center. The goal is that a total of 24 students would be recruited for the 2011-2012 season-12 each for a women’s and a men’s team. The Trustees voted in favor of proceeding.

The Trustees then held a public hearing for a proposed Construction Tech building on the Emmetsburg campus. The low bid from Henningsen Construction of $433,200 for the building shell was accepted by the Trustees . The facility will be a ‘shell,’ which will allow Construction Tech students to complete the building.

The project will be supported in part with an ACE (Accelerated Career Education) Infrastructure funding which has been submitted to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for authorization. In recent years, ‘green energy’ has been infused in the curriculum of the Construction Technology program. It focuses on supporting the industry need for trained technicians in energy efficient building techniques. It is expected that work will start this spring.

Later in the meeting, the Trustees took up a proposal to offer a voluntary early retirement package for staff members. College employees who are at least 55 years of age and who have worked at the college at least 10 years will be eligible for the option. The Trustees then approved the plan.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, updated the Trustees on a donation from Megger to the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program. The gift of meters and manuals allows Iowa Lakes to reinforce its status as the premiere wind energy program in the nation.

“Industry participation is critical to providing our technicians with the skills they need to keep wind energy production growing,” said Rogers.

In addition, Rogers shared with the Trustees that the Motorcycle and Small Engine program expects a gift of Kohler Engines.

The Iowa Lakes Report featured staff members who serve as technology experts for the college. The college recently launched a portal, which allows expanded use of the Web for employees and students, according to Randy Beernink, Computer Center Director. Also, JD DePyper, Computer Support Specialist/Emerging Technologies, joined with Steve Timmons, Computer Support Technician/Purchaser, to report on the status of the college network since it has been upgraded, along with a look at the future.

The Iowa Lakes Update covered a variety of upcoming events at the college from Jane Campbell, executive director of marketing. Those attending the public meeting had an opportunity to view the Duracell commercial. Campbell reported that the commercial has generated a great deal of interest for the college and for the wind industry.

In other business, the first reading of a Conflict of Interest board policy was presented, and the date of Feb. 15, was selected as a bid date and Feb. 16, as the date for a public hearing for the newest Estherville campus dorm project.