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Engineering Technology Program Featured at ILCC Board of Trustees Meeting

By Staff | Mar 29, 2019

ESTHERVILLE The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 19 at the Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies (SERT) Facility located on the Estherville Campus.

Lisa Stitch, Executive Dean of the Estherville Campus, introduced Chad Tischer, Instructor of the Engineering Technology Program. Tischer provided a thorough overview of the Engineering Technology program including courses that are offered and career opportunities that are available to students.

“Students not only experience hands-on learning in our classrooms, but through internships,” Tischer said. “Internships allow students to complete on-the-job training and are required to obtain at least 432 hours of experience while completing our program.”

Students that graduate from Engineering Technology have many career opportunities such as a Maintenance Technician, a Robotics Programmer, Electromechanical Technician, Process Control Technician, Engineer Technician or an Automation Technician.

Tate Kizzier, Emmetsburg, is a current student in the Engineering Technology Program at Iowa Lakes and shared his enthusiasm for the program.

“I enjoy the one-on-one learning opportunities that are offered at Iowa Lakes, and through my internship experience, I gained a scholarship from my employer to complete my education, and I have been offered full-time employment following graduation,” Kizzier said.

Kizzier is currently working at AGCO in Jackson, MN.

Trustees then heard from Kathy Muller, the Executive Director of Human Resources, requesting the approval of hiring two open positions including the Title III Grant Project Coordinator, Susan Pietz and Campus Store Clerk on the Emmetsburg Campus, Gina Arbogast. Approval was granted.

Two grants were awarded by the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation (PACGDC) and were submitted for approval by Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management. These grants were for the Winter Safety Project on the Emmetsburg Campus and the Collaborative Workspace Project for the Iowa Lakes Community College and Emmetsburg Public Libraries.

The grant for the Winter Safety Project includes the purchase of a Bobcat Toolcat with a brush attachment. This grant would fund 75% of the project with a grant total of $52,019. The Collaborative Workspace Project includes the purchase of a Clevertouch 65″ Smart TV with a total grant award of $4,264. The Board unanimously approved both grants.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, addressed the Trustees about donor contributions, job training opportunities, and scholarship applications.

The Trustees accepted a donation for the College Farm Operations from Crop Inputs for the 2019 growing season with a total valuation of $63,015.94 and from several individual businesses, which had commitments to Iowa Lakes of over $5,000. These businesses included MaxYield Cooperative, Pro Cooperative, Stateline Cooperative, Tom Eischen Seed and Sales and Winfield Solutions.

The Trustees accepted a donation valued at $50,000 by McCormack Distribution. This donation consists of restaurant equipment for the Hotel and Restaurant Management program that is housed on the Emmetsburg Campus.

The next meeting of the ILCC Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday, April 16, in the Auditorium of the Emmetsburg Campus.