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Iowa Lakes Plans For Addition Of Academic Programs

By Staff | Jul 19, 2012

Following action Tuesday from the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College, the Massage Therapy program will be expanding to the Algona campus and staff will begin the approval process for an Event Planning program to be based at the Spirit Lake campus.

The Massage Therapy program started on the Spencer campus in January of 2004. The latest expansion will start as an evening and weekend program. The daytime program will remain in Spencer.

The program is approved by both the Iowa Department of Education as well as the Board of Examiners for Massage Therapy. Upon graduation, students will be able to take the Iowa Licensure exam and be licensed in the state of Iowa.

Theresa Waechter, Supervisor of the Algona campus, reports there has been a lot of interest in the program which will start in January of 2013.

“As there is more emphasis on wellness and preventive health, the Massage Therapy program should grow,” Waechter said. “Health and wellness are regarded as keys to living a longer, healthier life.”

The three semester curriculum will be thorough and include classes in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Massage Therapist Practical Applications, Reflexology/Chair Massage, Kinesiology/Anatomy, Sports Massage, Ethics & Professionalism, Deep Tissue Massage, Business Principles and others. The program also includes 700+ contact hours.

The evening option offers students the chance to keep their current jobs while gaining an education for future employment.

Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to contact Waechter at 515-295-8525. While the classes won’t officially start until January, students may wish to take some general education courses yet this fall.

The other action approved at the Tuesday afternoon meeting of the Trustees was the Event Planning program which is targeted for the Spirit Lake campus.

College officials have been working for about a year with a very active initial advisory committee on the development of curriculum for this program.

The college will give the Iowa Department of Education notice of intent to start the diploma program and will follow that action with a formal application in about a month. The plan is that the diploma could be a component of and apply toward subsequent completion of an Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Arts degree.

Courses which are being discussed at this time include: Fundamentals of Event Planning, Business Communications, Office Procedures, Wedding Planning, Catering, Business Law, Fundraising Events and Principles of Marketing. In addition, students in this program would be expected to have an on-the-job experience in the event planning industry as well as a ‘Capstone Project’ in which the students will be expected to create and defend a comprehensive plan that details the creation, planning and execution of a hypothetical event.

It is hoped that the program could receive approval from the Department of Education so that classes could start in January of 2013.