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Iowa Lakes credit hours are up

By Staff | Sep 9, 2008

Fall enrollment figures for Iowa Lakes Community College show an increase in credit hours while the number of students has declined slightly.

Credit hours stand at 35,389, an increase of 9 percent when compared with 2007.

While the credit hours were up, the number of students enrolled decreased slightly with the fall 2008 enrollment stands at 3,874- a decline of less than 1 percent.

“Our increases are in the career option and vocational programs,” said Julie Carlson, dean of enrollment management. “Also, our eCollege online enrollment remains strong.”

Iowa Lakes offers more than 100 areas of study at its five locations in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake. Students come from 25 states, 10 foreign countries and 75 percent of Iowa’s counties. In addition, the college provides training and retraining to employees of area business and industry as well as continuing education courses.