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Success Centers Provide Additional Services To Iowa Lakes Students

By Staff | Aug 2, 2011

ALGONA – The members of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College had the opportunity to hear about changes and upgrades at the college’s Success Centers during a meeting on July 19, at the Algona campus.

Lynn Jenson, Success Center instructor, told the board members that Success Centers are now offering GED classes online. This allows those needing a GED to brush up on skills at times, which are convenient for them. Using a projector, Jenson showed the Trustees a brief overview of the curriculum. Success Centers on all campuses have this service.

The Success Centers help students of all abilities – from those needing additional skills before taking a college course to those who want to improve their grade in a class they are currently taking. Jensen said she tutors students in a variety of subjects. She has discovered that her expertise in chemistry has been especially valuable to students in the nursing program.

Theresa Waechter, Supervisor/Advisor at the Algona campus, welcomed the Trustees to the campus and introduced faculty and staff members. Upcoming activities in Algona include the Kossuth County Fair where Iowa Lakes will have a booth and a Returning to Learning session on Tuesday, Aug. 9, where a wide variety of free help will be available to individuals who attend. Two students – who take classes at the Algona campus – shared how staff members have assisted them with many services obtainable at the Algona campus.

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, updated information on the bid letting for various components of the Vet Tech Lab and Kennel facilities. Bids awarded include: the Vet Tech Lab HVAC to low bidder Midwestern Mechanical / Copper Cottage for the amount of $80,548, as well as the low bid for the Vet Tech Kennel HVAC at $25, 997. Midwestern Mechanical submitted the low bid of $27,425 for plumbing in the Vet Tech Kennel and connecting walkway; the renovation of the Vet Tech Kennel and the connecting walkway bid was awarded to Dan Cooper Builders for $105,892; and electrical for the Vet Tech Kennel and walkway was awarded to KW Electric in the amount of $35,746.

The college will launch the new Vet Tech program this fall at the Emmetsburg campus and students are expected to occupy the remodeled facilities by mid-November.

In other business, the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation was the recipient of a gift of the personal art collection of John Nelson, a retired Iowa Lakes employee. The Trustees officially accepted the gift. The collection will be used as educational enhancement in classes taught at Iowa Lakes by Byron Lindell, professor of art.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees approved an annual agreement with Upper Des Moines Opportunity for use of a facility on the Emmetsburg campus for Head Start.