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Trustees hear about welding program

March 20, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday at the Estherville campus heard how the college welding program in Emmetsburg is meeting a big demand by area employers.

On hand to talk about the program were instructors Steve Farnsworth and Emily Gottsche and students Caitlin Johnson, Michael Johnson and Brian Heithus.

Emmetsburg campus Dean Tom Brotherton said one major employer asked for 50 employees from the program. Brotherton noted that Farnsworth, lead instructor, has been at the college for 30 years now and authored a textbook on the subject. Brotherton also said Gottsche, a 2008 program graduate, is in her fifth year as an instructor.

Kaitlyn Johnson said she found a job at Nolin Milling in Dickens and Michael Johnson, originally from Estherville, spent six years in the Navy and wanted to find work that was skill-related. And Heithus said he will probably work at Nolin Milling as well.

"Your students are actually your better recruiters," Farnsworth said, noting that program graduates earn $12 to $20 immediately upon graduation.

In other business

Tuesday, the board approved a resolution for publishing a notice and electronic bidding process for $975,000 in New Jobs Training Certificates.

At the request of Mark Gruwell, executive dean of instruction and development, the board approved submitting a new computer gaming program to the Iowa Department of Education. The program slated to begin fall 2013 would teach students to write code for computer video games.

In the Iowa Lakes update by Jane Campbell, executive director of marketing, the board heard of student accomplishments and upcoming events.

Jolene Rogers, executive director of institutional advancement, requested and received approval for accepting donations from

Abilene Diagnostic Tool valued at $10,000 and 2013 crop planting donations valued at $63,942.42 for the college farm.

Robert L'Heureux, vice president of administration, requested and received approval for a $50 increase on both student room and board. The board also approved an increase in fees at Smith Wellness Center at the Emmetsburg campus, effective May 1.

The board also signed off on a five-year extension in the tax increment financing resolution for the City of Spencer for the Fairview Housing District west of the Clay County Fairgrounds and Deerfield Eight housing project by the middle school.



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