Estherville, IA (KICD)–The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met on Tuesday.
Executive Dean of Instruction and Development Mark Gruwell presented a list of 159 summer graduates.
The board also received an overview of how new academic programs are developed for the college. Advisory committees provide some of the first input about potential coursework as members typically come from a variety of businesses which have additional needs. In addition, key individuals from the college, along with business and industry representatives identify emerging careers which are needed in the Iowa Lakes region. After further research and a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, a favorable conclusion leads to a wide range of steps including: approval from the Iowa Department of Education; development of curriculum; the identification of potential articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities; marketing possibilities; pinpointing possible students; and, identifying space for classroom and lab facilities. In all, there are about 20 steps involved in the process. This fall, the HVAC and Water Quality programs are ready for incoming students.
College starts with classes starting at 4:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday.