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Trustees Updated On Intermediary Programming

By Staff | Apr 5, 2016

The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College was updated on the growth of Intermediary programs at the college during its March meeting.

Intermediary Programs are designed to link business and education to allow high school students the opportunity to explore various career options. As part of this effort, the program includes job shadows, internships, classroom speakers and worksite tours. Other events include career fairs, financial literacy and mock interviews.

Molly Bates, Intermediary Connections Coordinator, reported that more area high school students are becoming involved in this project. So far, some 1,673 students have been engaged this year. It’s estimated that more than 1,400 students will participate later this school year which is an estimated 94 percent increase when compared to last year. More schools are joining the initiative. They include: Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Graettinger-Terril, Harris-Lake Park, North Union, Okoboji, Ruthven-Ayrshire, Spencer and Spirit Lake.

Another key point is that area business leaders have been active in particular with the ‘Game of Life’ an event in which students explore hands-on budgeting with local employers. This activity was developed by partnering with Bank Plus of Estherville, which wanted to help provide financial literacy to local students.

Businesses are encouraged to also volunteer to set up a ‘Lunch and Learn’ program at their workplace, become a classroom speaker or participate in a Career Fair. More options for business involvement are listed on the college website at www.iowalakes.edu/connect.

Bates also thanked the Admissions Office personnel, Secondary staff, the TRIO program as well as faculty and staff of the college for helping to enhance the impact of the Intermediary program.

In other business, Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, received approval to solicit bids and then set a public hearing date of April 19 for an Emmetsburg Draining Project as well as the project to provide secure access to all six Iowa Lakes sites. In addition, the Beef Facility at the college farm is getting closer to a start date as the concrete contractor has been gearing up to install the footings as soon as the ground and the weather allow.

Following that, Hiney updated the Trustees on the Chava Wind Turbine project at the college’s Farm Laboratory. The company which erected the turbine has determined that they need three blades on their prototype turbine. It is hoped that the turbine at the farm would be retrofitted sometime in May.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations talked about three donations to the college. The Trustees accepted a donation of five tool boxes given to the Iowa Lakes Career Academy from Snap-On Tools in Algona as well as a Large Format Printer from Valero Renewables for the Engineering Technology program and for industry training classes.

The Trustees also accepted donations of chemical, seed and fertilizer valued at more than $50,000 for the college farm laboratory for the upcoming growing season. Each year, Professor Neal Williamsen and Assistant Professor Tom Quastad assign Ag students to make a presentation to agronomy professionals. Several companies continue to partner with the college on this project: Corey Rozenboom, F.I.R.S.T plot; Paul Galm, Beck’s Seed; Tom Eischen Seed and Sales; Jason Gardner, Wyffels Seed; Tim Overmier, Stine Seed; Emily Kummerfeld; AsGrow Seed; Mike Hommez, Croplan Seed; Chad Anderson, Pioneer Seed; MaxYield Cooperative; PRO Cooperative; and StateLine Cooperative.

In other business, the Trustees listened to reports from other members on recent meetings they attended.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, at the Emmetsburg campus.