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Business Courses Produce Outstanding Grads

By Staff | Sep 28, 2010

ESTHERVILLE – The value of the Office Technology program to graduates and area businesses was highlighted during the Sept. 21, meeting of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College.

Professor Deb Jones shared information on three programs under the Office Technology umbrella:  Administrative Assistant, Office Specialist, and Secretarial Specialist. In recent years, there has been an increase in technology in these programs, which has made a significant impact on what graduates take to the workplace upon graduation.

“Oftentimes, the updated technology and electronic applications of this technology help make the office staff more efficient and that saves business and industry money,” said Jones.

Three students spoke about the impact of the courses on their lives. Speaking with the Trustees were Kayla Salton of Spencer, Donna Bredeson of Emmetsburg, and Melanie Thompson of Whittemore. Bredeson explained how she came to Iowa Lakes as an adult student and that while she was a bit reluctant to attend college, she has turned her education into an indispensable learning experience.

Students in the programs are participants in Business Professionals of America (BPA). Each year, they compete at state and national competitions with other students from across the nation. The Iowa Lakes students consistently place in the top 10 every year, and have also come home with some first place finishes. 

New faculty members were introduced to the Trustees by Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development. They include:  Richard Keilholtz in the Paralegal/Legal Studies program; Lindsay Orlando, math; Dr. Glenn Rogers, a humanities and social science instructor; Dustin Ross in the Motorcycle and Small Engine Technology program; and Matt Strom, math instructor.

From the Institutional Advancement office, Jolene Rogers offered her thanks to the citizens of the region who offered their overwhelming support for the Plant Fund levy, which was passed last week. Speaking on behalf of the Iowa Lakes Foundation, she also recognized Community Coordinator John Rahn for his efforts and thanked Foundation Directors Jim Tholkes and Jerry Helmers. Tholkes served as the Friends of Iowa Lakes Chairman and Helmers served as Treasurer. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Board President Jan Lund also expressed thanks to everyone, including the supportive citizens throughout the Iowa Lakes region.

Rogers reviewed the first-ever Tractor Ride and the annual Farm Expo; covered the scholarship recognition event; previewed the weekend’s Car Cruise; and reminded the Trustees of the Korks and Kegs Fine Arts Scholarship event in October. The scholarship deadline for spring semester awards is Oct. 1.

The Trustees heard from Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, who updated them on college projects. The Construction Technology “shell” has been completed and students are making plants to complete the interior walls.