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Iowa Lakes OKs Snap-on agreement

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

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday approved a training agreement program with the Snap-on company.

According to Mark Gruwell, executive dean of instruction and development, the agreement which was two years in the making will authorize the college to offer trainer-to-trainer training in torque and multimeter tools. Gruwell said several instructors in the wind turbine and energy technology program have already qualified as trainers.

The agreement also allows Iowa Lakes to use the Snap-on brand with credit and noncredit programs. It also offers the college 35-50 percent discounts on tools and equipment to train trainers and for wind students taking credit classes.

The trustees approved the agreement as well as the consent agenda and a voluntary early retirement package.

Also approved was a change order for an additional $692.60 for the Emmetsburg campus access road.

The board also approved five retraining projects:

n Nolin Milling, Dickens.

n SPM Gaskets, Spencer.

n MWI Components, Spencer.

n Brownmed, Spirit Lake.

n Holiday Express, Estherville.

Julie Williams, executive dean of students, introduced Danie Juhl who introduced members of her new dance team program. Juhl outlined a host of upcoming sporting events at which the team will appear.

The board also heard the foundation update from Jo Rogers and the Iowa Lakes update from Jane Campbell.

The board approved moving the college general checking account not to exceed $18 million from Bank Midwest to Northwest Bank which will realize another $30,000 in yearly interest. Robert L'Heureux, vice president of administration, said the college will continue to use Bank Midwest as a depository for endowment funds.

The board also approved retaining Speer Financial Services of Waterloo as financial advisors.



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