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Iowa Lakes Trustees Learn About RSVP Program

By Staff | Jun 21, 2012

SPENCER – Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees met in Spencer on June 19, and learned about the RSVP Volunteer Program, which is coordinated regionally by the college.

The program started in 1977 and this is the 35th year that Iowa Lakes has sponsored the program, according to Mary Steele, RSVP Director. Steele showed a wide variety of pictures of volunteers meeting the needs in their communities.

RSVP has six main focus areas: transportation, education, environment, healthy futures, independent living and nursing homes. In addition, volunteers help build ‘staff capacity’ at local non-profit organizations and public agencies by assisting in the offices, helping with mass mailings and serving as greeters.

Steele also talked about two new initiatives for the near future, which include volunteers who would serve veterans, get veterans engaged as volunteers and remember veterans through an oral history project.

The other new activity is to create “total volunteer centers” in Clay, Kossuth and Emmet counties. Since RSVP can only recruit those 55 and older, a total volunteer center would allow for the recruitment and placement of under-55 volunteers, including youth, which would enhance the communities’ ability to meet more needs through volunteer service.

Executive Director of Facilities Management Delaine Hiney reported that the new television system for classes has been completed. This will allow for a much-improved communication system through the five campuses and will also connect to eight area high schools through a USDA Rural Utilities Services grant for Distance Learning and Telemedicine.

In addition, work has started on the Emmetsburg DOT funded road. Grading is completed so the sub-drain can be installed this week. Once the drainage is installed, the road will be readied for paving. Paving should be completed by July 6, with the shoulder and other finishing touches completed the week of July 16.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, informed the Trustees that Pepsi will continue as the college’s exclusive beverage provider for another three years, through June of 2015. She also reported on the recent American Wind Energy Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and she shared that the STAFF (Students Today Alumni and Friends Forever) organization has been promoted through a mentorship program and networking opportunities for students.

Tuition and fees for Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) classes were approved at $152 per credit hour, with an additional fee of $5.25 per credit hour for Hybrid classes.

The Trustees were advised of four, 260E Preliminary Training Agreements and two, 260F Retraining Agreements, which they acted upon.

In other business, the Trustees approved bills; renewed an Emmetsburg Campus Childcare Center agreement with Upper Des Moines Opportunity for the Head Start program; accepted the Dormitory System Funds Budgets; and listened to reports from committees.

A closed meeting was held in accordance with the Code of Iowa, Chapter 21.5 (1) (i). When the board was reconvened, the Trustees approved the new master contract with the Iowa Lakes Education Association, which included a 3.75 percent total package increase. Due to a favorable insurance renewal, this resulted in a 4.15 percent salary increase, which was extended to all other employee groups.

The board approved contracts and salaries for FY 13 including the President’s contract.