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Iowa Lakes Trustees Appoint Johnson To Fill Vacancy

By Staff | Sep 13, 2016

ADMINISTERING?THE?OATH - Todd Johnson, left is sworn in as a new Trustee for Iowa Lakes by Board Secretary Tony Condon as Board President Janice Lund looks on. Johnson was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Board of Trustees following the passing of Trustee David Gottsche of Milford in August. -- submitted photo

A?Milford man was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees during a meeting Aug. 23 in Estherville. Todd Johnson was named to fill the void created by the death of long-time Trustee David Gottsche, who passed away earilier in August.

Board President Janice Lund, offered a tribute to Gottsche. Lund shared that he had been on the board six years and talked about his love of the college and its benefit to this region.

“Dave was a great promoter of Iowa Lakes Community College, bragging to anyone he talked to about Iowa Lakes and the fine educational programs that the college offered,” said Lund. “We appreciated Dave’s presence and involvement as a Board Member and he will be missed.”

With Johnson seated on the board. the trustees received a report from Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, Jolene Rogers.

Rogers spoke about the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation which meets quarterly and accepts gifts on behalf of the college. Directors from all five counties participate on the Foundation. The Annual Employee Giving Campaign is under way and will wrap up at the end of September.

Rogers talked about the training programs area businesses and their employees can implement with grant funds administered by Iowa Lakes and made available from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

She reported that she visits with companies individually, or in a group setting, throughout the College district. The 260F program is a grant program, where the company completes an online application. Rogers assists firms in completing their applications and drafting their training plans.

The awards occur on a first-come, first-served basis and they are not guaranteed participation in the program as the Iowa Economic Development Authority ultimately approves each company’s application. One of Rogers’ goals is to secure a project in each of the college’s five counties.

In addition, Rogers informed the Trustees about upcoming activities. The Launch magazine, which features courses available this fall for individuals seeking to upgrade their skills through continuing education, arrived in mailboxes this past week. Rogers also reported that Continuing Education staff members will be at the Clay County Fair to share information.

Also, Rogers pointed out that credit students who missed the April 1 priority awarding deadline can apply now for spring 2017 scholarships to be decided after Oct. 1

In other business, Executive Director of Facilities Management, Delaine Hiney reviewed the Ground Breaking ceremony which was held for the Student Services Facility at the Emmetsburg campus. Sande Construction of Humboldt has already begun work on that project.

Also during the meeting, the list of summer graduates was presented by Scott Stokes, Vice President of Administration, and was officially accepted by the Trustees. The Trustees also approved a lease of the college’s FCC Broadband License to Starcom Inc., of Graettinger.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Administrative offices in Estherville.