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David Gottsche Is Appointed To Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010

SPENCER – Iowa Lakes Community College has a new member of the Board of Trustees following a meeting held at the Spencer campus on June 15.

The Trustees appointed David Gottsche, Milford, to the District 5 position. Following the appointment, Gottsche was given the oath of office by Clark Marshall, secretary to the board. Gottsche will complete the term of Bud Kyle, who retired from the board last month. Gottsche will serve through September, at which time he will need to be officially elected to the position.

“I appreciate the board’s efforts in the interviewing of candidates that expressed an interest in filling Bud Kyle’s vacancy,” said Board President Jan Lund. “The board has made its decision and it’s the right decision for moving the college forward. We look forward to working with David and for his leadership that we know he will provide to the board.”

The Iowa Lakes Report featured Adult Student Retention initiatives by Iowa Lakes Community College. Barb Grandstaff, ABE/GED Coordinator and Grants Specialist, as well as Patti Tedesco, counselor, talked about the efforts made by the college to reach out to those who have been affected by the changing economic climate.

In addition, the college has developed stronger ties with partners such as Iowa Workforce, Northwest Iowa Planning and Development/Workforce Investment, and with labor market researchers to develop a Rapid Response team. Some specific classes were developed to offer short-term learning experiences; efforts were made to assist individuals with developing resumes; the college participated in area Job Fairs; and some workers were supported in their efforts to start classes.

Since 2009, the college has worked with over 150 individuals to receive credit and non-credit educational opportunities. Presently, summer classes have 64 dislocated workers taking course work.

Current students who have been affected by area layoffs told the Trustees about their experiences.  Diane Simpson and Lola Meyer shared their personal histories and how they ended up taking the big step to become a college student.

An ACE Infrastructure grant application for fiscal year 2011 was endorsed. The Accelerated Career Education (ACE) grant focuses on the Allied Health programs and will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Funds would be used to remodel classrooms at the Spencer campus to create a science lab, surgical suites, and a medical assisting office technology station. Also included in the proposal is a plan to improve the classroom at the college farm lab. The funding request is for $367,000.

The Trustees also approved an Athletic Training Letter of Agreement between Avera Holy Family Hospital and the college. Avera provides an athletic trainer to the college to be used at the college’s discretion to assist with the preventive care, injuries, and recovery of student-athletes. The athletic trainer will also provide services to Estherville Lincoln Central High School. Both parties will review the Letter of Understanding on an annual basis.

Executive Director of Facilities Management Delaine Hiney discussed scoreboards and buses with the Trustees. A decision was made to approve a bid for a Fair-Play scoreboard at a cost of $22,346. Benefits include one full scoreboard, a secondary scoreboard, player status board, scorer’s table, and more. The Trustees gave the go-ahead to purchase a bus from Thomas Bus Sales in Des Moines for $113,560, with warranty work being completed in Spencer.

Executive Dean of Instruction and Development Judy Cook officially presented the list of graduates to the Trustees, which they approved.