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Iowa Lakes campuses getting facelift

July 18, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ALGONA - There will be a different meaning to the phrase 'Big Blue' - and 'Big Yellow' as well - as all five Iowa Lakes Community College campuses don Laker yellow and Laker blue colors this summer.

It's all a part of providing consistency among campuses - replete with student photos and stainless steel boats at all campuses, Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management, told the college board of trustees at its monthly meeting Tuesday in Algona.

In other business, Hiney told trustees shoulder work was starting on the new DOT-funded road at the Emmetsburg campus this week.

Lynn Jenson, Success Center instructor at the Algona campus, told trustees of the 'Laker Speedway' which helps students improve reading, writing and math skills in preparation for the ASSET and COMPASS tests. Students, who miss cut-off scores for college level writing or math, get 10 weeks of access to an interactive class for $75. During that time, students can do lessons and retake the ASSET and COMPASS tests.

Jenson also talked about GED Boot Camp which will be held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3. Students will be able to accumulate up to $50 in credit toward their GED testing fee. The camp is limited to 20 students, and any interested students may contact any Iowa Lakes Success Center for information. The registration deadline is July 23.

Jenson stressed the rigid requirements of the GED exam, saying a third of high-school graduates can't pass the eight-hour test regimen that includes math, reading, writing, social science and science. She said students must be at least 16 to study for the GED and at least 17 to take the exam.

In the foundation update, Jolene Rogers, executive director of institutional advancement, requested and the board approved a donation from Brian Johnson, a FAST Sprayer distributor from Mountain Lake, Minn.

Rogers also said scholarship fundraisers were well underway.

Jane Campbell, executive director of marketing, noted eight students had participated in National Skills USA competition and all made it into the top 10.

She also noted the first-ever STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp will be held Sunday, July 29 through Wednesday, Aug. 1.

The board approved a bid of $178,635 for a data backup and recovery system from EMC/Vital as presented by Robert L'Heureux, vice president of administration. The board also approved moving the college's bond services to Bankers Trust Company.

The board also approved the 2013 fiscal year general unrestricted fund budget.



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