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New Program Approved By College Trustees

By Staff | Nov 26, 2010

A new course offering will be coming to the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College next Fall following action by the college’s Board of Trustees last week. Approvals for contracts related to the Construction Technology building in Emmetsburg were also approved by the Trustees during the meeting held at the college’s Administrative Offices in Estherville on Nov. 16.

After study into the need for such a program, the trustees approved the creation of a Veterinary Technician Program, which would be based at the Emmetsburg campus. With the Trustees’ approval, the program proposal will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Education for approval. College staff hope the first students for the program could be admitted in the Fall of 2011.

The Veterinary Technician program would be a two-year Associate in Applied Science program, with students participating in an internship during the summer between the two years of college courses. As planning continues, a National Certification will be pursued.

“We very much appreciate the cooperation we’ve received from area veterinarians,” said Executive Dean Thomas Brotherton.

The Trustees were briefed on the ongoing activities of the Office of Institutional Advancement by Executive Director Jolene Rogers. Rogers reported on the scholarship foundation, the college foundation and the efforts of the Alumni and Friends organization.

A total of 13 events were organized during the past year by the various entities working under the Institutional Advancement Office umbrella, ranging from a tractor ride to a Luau as well as golf outings and a poker ride. The five ‘drivers’ of the Institutional Advancement office are People, Planning, Partnerships, Process Improvements and Feedback. Data showed that this past year, there were 184 volunteers, 887 participants and 2,060 donors.

Ongoing construction and improvement projects were reviewed by the Trustees, who approved a low bid from Christensen Construction for the Estherville Criminal Justice building for slightly over $50,000. Bids for the installation of a geo-thermal loop field and the Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC) bids for the new Construction Technology Building in Emmetsburg were approved for a total combined cost of just under $300,000.

In a related matter, the Trustees also agreed to have specifications drawn up for two HVAC units for the Emmetsburg campus and recommended that specifications also be drawn up for campus housing units on both the Emmetsburg and Estherville campuses.

In other business, various committee appointments were made by Board President Jan Lund and a three-year academic calendar was approved for the institution.

To wrap up the meeting, the Trustees voted to enter closed session in accordance with Chapter 21.5 (1) (j) of the Code of Iowa. At the conclusion of the closed session, the Trustees re-opened their meeting and adjourned without taking any action on the closed session.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, Dec. 14, in the Board Room at the Administrative Offices in Estherville.