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Trustees Set Tuition At Iowa Lakes For Upcoming Year

By Staff | Jun 30, 2011

SPENCER – Tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 college year were approved by the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College at its meeting held June 21, in Spencer.

Student tuition for Iowa and Minnesota residents will be $139 per credit hour, which is up $4 per credit hour from last year.

“This increase is expected to be the lowest increase for all of the 15 community colleges in Iowa for Fiscal Year 2012,” said Bob L’Heureux, Vice President of Administration.

Tuition for Non-Residents and International students will be $141 per credit hour. Mandatory fees remained unchanged. There were minimal modifications for course fees.

The Iowa Lakes Report featured the science programs in Spencer.

Mary Faber, Director of the Spencer campus, said campus staffers are pleased with the progress on the new science lab, which has been constructed. In addition, Faber shared that work is starting on the Surgical Technology Lab, and the Television Technology classrooms are ready for planned upgrades. Faber introduced Mark Zabawa, Chemistry/Biology instructor, who talked about the beneficial aspects of the new science lab.

The high quality lab means students at the Spencer campus can stay on campus for all labs rather than using the Spencer High School lab.

“This allows professors to include new demonstrations of higher quality,” said Zabawa. “Also, the science classes at Spencer will no longer be limited by the lack of infrastructure, but will be able to accommodate all science education demand that is present at the Spencer campus.”

This makes more biology classes available and provides improved support for the evening/weekend nursing program at Spencer.

“In the long term, the lab will be absolutely essential for the continued growth of the Spencer campus and also for enhanced college outreach to area students in high school, middle school and even grade school,” Zabawa said.

At the end of the meeting, Faber and Zabawa offered tours of the new science lab.

On the Emmetsburg campus, renovation of the Veterinary Technician facilities proceeds as the Trustees gave approval to solicit bids. The former Allied Health and Alternative High School building is being modernized to USDA standards to accommodate classroom and lab facilities. In addition, a storage building on campus is being converted into a kennel. The two buildings will be linked with a walkway. The Vet Tech program will start this fall.

Also during the meeting, employee salaries were set; dormitory system funds budgets were established for FY ’10, FY ’11 and FY ’12; and the FY ’12 general unrestricted fund budget was approved at slightly more than $23 million.