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Iowa Lakes Provides Substance Abuse Counseling Program

By Staff | Mar 27, 2012

ESTHERVILLE – The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College had the opportunity to learn about the Substance Abuse Counseling program at their meeting March 20.

Amy VerMulm, Assistant Professor of two programs at the college, said the Substance Abuse Counseling program was reactivated in the fall of 2008 based on discussions with area professionals and on surveys, which were conducted to assess student interest. The program has grown to 22 students who are currently enrolled.

The program is based on the Estherville campus; however, evening and weekend courses are also available on the Spencer campus. Many courses are offered in an alternative delivery format including numerous online courses, which make the program attractive to those who may currently be employed.

Students Steve Edwards of Graettinger and Christine Noethe of Spencer spoke to the Trustees and shared their vision about their careers and why they selected Iowa Lakes.

All students participate in a practicum of 500 hours at a drug and alcohol counseling agency once their academic courses are complete. Area agencies the college partners with include Compass Pointe and Forest Ridge in this region; and Community and Family Resources based out of Ft. Dodge.

The college program prepares students to become CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) in the state of Iowa. Students are encouraged to continue their education by transferring to a four-year college or university.

In other business, Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, received approval to seek bids for replacing a road to access the Emmetsburg Regional Emergency Response Training Center (or Burn Tower). This will be funded with $118,000 from the Parks and Institutional Road Fund monies through the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Hiney was given the go-ahead to develop specifications, potential timelines and cost estimates on three other projects. They included a Swine facility for the Farm Laboratory; a Student Services Center for the Emmetsburg campus; and remodeling upgrades for the Sustainable Energy Education Center (SEEC), which is the former Medieval Glass Building in Estherville. The action does not commit Iowa Lakes to the construction, but it does allow the college to pursue plan development and a realistic cost estimate.

In addition, staff members were busy during spring break with television classroom upgrades and they continue to prepare the Veterinary Technician building for a ribbon cutting in April.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, addressed the Trustees about formalizing a partnership agreement with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). The Board of Trustees then approved Iowa Lakes joining the NC3 as the nation’s Energy Training Center.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Iowa Lakes to continue to be a leader in renewable energy education and provide industry recognized certifications for new and existing technicians,” said Rogers.

In other business, the Trustees held a public hearing to amend the fiscal year 2012 published budget; the Trustees heard reports from College President Valerie Newhouse and Board President Jan Lund; learned that the deadline for scholarship applications is Sunday, April 1 at midnight; and listened to reports from other members on the board.

The next meeting is April 17 in Emmetsburg.