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Iowa Lakes Students Benefit From Financial Aid

By Staff | Dec 28, 2010

At their last meeting of the calendar year, the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met Tuesday afternoon and learned more about financial aid at Iowa Lakes.

Julie Williams, Dean of Students, introduced John Beneke, Director of Financial Aid for Iowa Lakes.

Beneke shared that federal, state and scholarship funds are all important factors in assisting students attain their educational and career goals.

“Given the economic conditions in this region, community colleges along with financial aid programs provide valuable assistance in paying for college,” said Beneke. “Oftentimes, financial aid can assist in jump starting education and career goals that some may have perceived as out-of-reach.”

Beneke told the Trustees that the college served nearly 2,800 students in the last fiscal year ending June 20 of 2010.

The college awarded nearly $16 million in total federal funds this last year with another $1.44 million coming from state funding.

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, was given approval from the Trustees to solicit bids for HVAC units for the Emmetsburg campus. She also received approval on an opportunity which the college has been given to purchase an apartment complex near the Emmetsburg campus subject to receiving a ‘special exemption permit’ from the City of Emmetsburg.

Hiney then updated the board stating that the specifications for four-plex housing units in Emmetsburg and Estherville are on track to bring the proposals to the Trustees in January. She also reported that two blades on the college wind turbine have been repaired (following lightning damage) and the turbine began producing electricity Dec. 7. And the college is looking at improving the electrical capacity in the nursing wing of the Emmetsburg campus to accommodate a computer lab.

The board approved five grant applications to the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation. The college has asked that the gaming group support Iowa Lakes on the community projects. The college and partners will match all grants at 25 percent of the cost.

Also during the meeting, the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees presented the results of the FY10 audit. Williams and Company, Spencer, gave the audit an ‘unqualified opinion’ which means it was a ‘clean’ report. Larry Harden from Williams and Company was on hand for the presentation by Bob L’Heureux, Vice President of Administration.

The board will gather again next year on Jan. 18, 2011.