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Iowa Lakes Trustees Learn of Vet Tech Program

By Staff | Apr 24, 2012

The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College gathered in Emmetsburg on April 17, for their regular monthly meeting to learn about the new Veterinary Technician program which started in the fall of 2011.

Dr. David Rentschler, DVM, who is the instructor/coordinator of the program, was joined by instructor Annette Lindquist and four students. They shared information about the remodeled facility, which was remodeled to fit the needs of the program. Students will work on both large and small animals. Vet Tech students graduate with an associate in applied science degree following two years of study and a total of four observation and pathology clinics.

In addition, students who have been participating in the first year of the swimming and diving team on the Emmetsburg campus were introduced to the Trustees. Coach Johnathan Jordan and the student athletes on the swimming and diving team thanked the Board of Trustees for initiating the startup of swimming and diving at Iowa Lakes Community College, as well as their continued support through the 2011-2012 season. Coach Jordan also provided an update on the inaugural season while he gave an overview of the upcoming 2012-2013 season and recruiting class. He mentioned that they already have a solid core of 10 to 12 returnees and plan to add 25 to 30 new recruits from all over the United States and around the world.

From the Institutional Advancement office, Executive Director Jolene Rogers reported that nearly 600 electronic scholarship applications were submitted by students by the deadline. The committees, which review these applications, will now move forward to select those who will be awarded the scholarships.

The Trustees approved two requests from Rogers, which are gifts to the college. The first is from Polaris Industries, which donated two Victory motorcycles for educational purposes. A collaborative gift was approved for college farm inputs. Partner businesses for this gift are: Ag Partners LLC, Chad Anderson Pioneer Seed, Tom Eishen Seed & Sales, local Asgrow & DeKalb dealers, MaxYield Cooperative, PRO Cooperative, Spencer Agronomy Services, and StateLine Cooperative.

The Trustees moved ahead on a project to build an access road to the Emmetsburg Regional Emergency Response Training Center (or Burn Tower). Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, reported that the low bid was from Cory Juergens Construction, Estherville, for the amount of $120,118.46. This will be funded with $118,000 from the Parks and Institutional Road Fund monies through the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Hiney also updated the Trustees on other projects including work, which will need to be done on the transformer at the college’s wind turbine; progress on plans for a Student Services facility in Emmetsburg; a meeting with architects to look at floor plans to remodel the Sustainable Energy Resource & Technology Center in Estherville; a partnership with athletic boosters in Estherville for lights at the softball field; and the installation of the college’s new television system which will occur at all campuses.

Vice President of Administration Bob L’Heureux received approval to refund the 2006 Dormitory Revenue Bonds. The college will save more than $125,000 and will still pay off the bonds in the original time frame. This covers two housing units in Estherville and two housing units in Spencer.

The Trustees approved room and board fees for the 2013 fiscal year with the amount going up $150 per semester.

Clark Marshall, Executive Director of Economic Development and Continuing Education, told the Trustees about a preliminary Industrial New Jobs Training Agreement with American Power Group in Algona. This action does not obligate the college or the business; it just provides a date to use should the firm decide to proceed.