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Iowa Lakes Considers Cheer & Dance Programs

By Staff | Jan 19, 2012

ESTHERVILLE – The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Estherville and reviewed a wide variety of topics at their meeting.

The first item was a proposal to offer two new athletic programs– competitive cheer and competitive dance–for the 2012-2013 college year. Background research has show that these two programs would assist the college in the recruitment of full-time students, according to Julie Williams, Dean of Students.

“The market niche would be high school cheer, dance and drill team participants who attend another college, but do not compete,” Williams told the Trustees. “Iowa Lakes would target these individuals with the selling point being to attend Iowa Lakes to get a great education and compete in cheer and dance.”

According to Williams, the focus will be on potential students who have typically not selected Iowa Lakes in the past.

Coaches will target northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota, due to the significant amount of cheer and dance/drill programs in the area, as well as nationally.

The Trustees voted in favor of proceeding.

Another item of business involved the upgrade of the Iowa Lakes television system.

Vice President of Administration Bob L’Heureux received approval from the Trustees for Requests for Proposals to be returned by Feb. 10 “to completely revamp two TV rooms at each of our campuses as well as seek equipment for RUS-DLT (Rural Utilities Service-Distance Learning and Telemedicine) grant we received in which we will actively be involved in distance learning with local school districts.”

Iowa Lakes will improve telecommunications at all five campuses Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake. In addition, the funds will be used to provide video access to college level classes for nine eligible area high schools.

The area schools benefitted by this grant include: Algona High School; Armstrong-Ringsted High School; Clay Central-Everly High School; Graettinger-Terril High School; Harris-Lake Park High School; North Sentral Kossuth High School; Ruthven-Ayrshire High School; and, West Bend-Mallard High School.

The grant will install video conferencing equipment in the partnering school districts.

The Iowa Lakes Report this month featured the Planning and Development office.

Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development oversees this area and introduced staff members on his team. Jennie Knudtson and Abi Sedlacek discussed the grants process and provided information about the types of grants awarded to Iowa Lakes.

Planning & Development is responsible for activities related to external grant-proposal development and management, strategic planning, institutional research and reporting, institutional effectiveness, learner outcomes assessment, and accreditation.

The office also conducts institutional research activities which include numerous students, staff and community surveys, focus groups and assessment activities. And, staff members oversee strategic planning at Iowa Lakes.

Following their presentation, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement updated the Trustees on the Council for Resource Development and their national conference and awards banquet. Iowa Lakes and Vestas received the Region 7 award. In the video, John Chase of Vestas said “Iowa Lakes is the premier wind technician college in the world.”

In other business, the Trustees heard reports from fellow members on committees and councils, and other routine staff reports.