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Educational Talent Search Focus Of Trustees Meeting

By Staff | Apr 6, 2010

 ESTHERVILLE – The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College had the opportunity to learn about Educational Talent Search services to area students at their meeting Mar. 16.

Amy Johnson, Educational Talent Search Coordinator, told the Trustees about the 800 students in grades 6-12 who participate in the program from throughout Clay, Emmet, Dickinson, Kossuth, and Palo Alto counties. The goal is to provide services which will lead to the successful completion of college for those students. They also work to help students reach their personal goals.

Leah Bisenius, a sophomore from Graettinger/Terril High School, has participated in the program since sixth grade. She told the Trustees that she has participated in several events which have been valuable in helping her decide at which college she will pursue her planned career in medicine.

Through Educational Talent Search, students get help with leadership and study skills as well as building civic responsibility and self-esteem, along with other information. To be eligible to participate, students are either first generation college bound or meet certain income guidelines.

Also appearing on behalf of Educational Talent Search were Kim Campbell and Leslie Reiter, advisors for the program.

During the meeting, the Trustees accepted the donation of a Tool Box from Snap-On Tools. Students in the college’s Auto Collision and Paint Technology program will help to repair and re-paint a Snap-On Tools van. The value of the toolbox is $13,000.

Early Retirement was also a topic of the Trustees meeting. Nine individuals submitted requests to be a part of the plan, which was approved by the Trustees. Those granted early retirement include:  Ron Anderson, Patricia Breuer, Judy Cook, Doug Dingel, Roger Guge, Eileen Kadow, Trudy Kattner, Anne Peterson, and Angie Rose.  All of those who requested early retirement will be leaving the college on June 30.

In addition, the Trustees held a public hearing and issued Dormitory Revenue Bonds in the amount of $1.57 million for the construction of the six-plex housing unit in Estherville. Board Secretary Clark Marshall presented information related to training agreements with Country Maid and Brown Medical, and the Trustees learned that the deadline for scholarship applications is Apr. 1.