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Iowa Lakes Trustees Get A ‘Green’ Construction Update

By Staff | Feb 24, 2011

ESTHERVILLE – The Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees met Feb. 22, and heard a presentation on upgrades to the Construction Technology program.

Executive Dean Tom Brotherton introduced Corey Menning, program instructor.

Menning, along with Associate Professor Gary Schmidt, keep their students poised on the leading edge of ‘green’ building technology as they continually weave the newest industry standards into the curriculum.

One key change is the new Construction Technology facility, which was built on the Emmetsburg campus. While the frame of the building was erected by a construction company, much of the interior work is being done by students as part of their learning experience.

The new facility includes classrooms as well as laboratory space to accommodate construction projects, which can be built in a climate controlled area and then transported to remote sites for completion.

Students may select from a one-year diploma program or a two-year associate in applied science degree. Enrollments in the Construction Technology program continue to be strong.

On a related item, the Trustees approved a change order to the new Construction Technology building. HVAC Fire Dampers will be installed at a cost of less than $2,000.

In other academic program news, the Biorenewable Fuels program at Iowa Lakes will join three other ‘green energy’ programs (Sustainable Energy Resources Management, Environmental Studies, and Wind Energy and Turbine Technology) on the Estherville campus starting in the fall of 2011. This will allow for cross-training, improved class scheduling, centralized labs, and a more effective delivery of course content.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees approved final agreements with Polaris Industries and GKN Armstrong Wheels as well as an addendum for Eaton Corporation for job training in accordance with section 260E of the Iowa Code.

A public hearing was held on the annual published budget for fiscal year 2012 for Iowa Lakes. The tax levy in the budget is slightly less than the FY11 budget.

In other business, the college is looking at a closing date of April 1, on the purchase of an apartment complex to provide additional housing in Emmetsburg; updates were given from Trustees on various committees; scholarship applications are coming in to the college with a deadline date of April 1; and the Iowa Lakes Scholarship Foundation has decided to increase the amount of scholarships available from the Albee Scholarship from $20,000 annually to $100,000 each year.