Lund looks forward to continued growth
Jan Lund retained her seat as Iowa Lakes Community College District 2 trustee with nearly 60 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s election.
Lund had 59.94 percent of the vote, or 398 votes compared to challenger Bob Grems who had 266.
“I’m excited and very pleased and very honored that the people have decided to have me continue on the Iowa Lakes Community
College Board of Trustees,” Lund said Wednesday.
“Over the last few weeks, a lot of people have expressed support for my re-election and fortunately, many confirmed their support by voting for me on Sept. 9. I am very happy, of course, to be re-elected to another term on the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees and am especially pleased also with the large number of people who took the time to vote. It has been a privilege and honor for me to service on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees for the past 15 years and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to continue representing Estherville and other areas of District 2,” Lund said.
Lund lauded the progress the college has made in developing all its programs, one of the fastest growing of which is the wind energy and turbine technology program in Estherville. The college recently completed an expansion of the former Laker High building and plans phased additions over the next several years to accommodate the rapidly growing enrollment in the program.
Lund also noted more students enrolled in arts and sciences programs. She said one area where she would like to see more student involvement would be the arts.
“I certainly would like to see more students involved in our music and fine arts programs because I think that adds another dimension to their education.”
Lund said she would like to assess the need to expand the career academy for high-school students in Emmetsburg to the Estherville campus.
With at least 50 percent of Estherville Lincoln Central High School graduates enrolled at Iowa Lakes, a number that has reached as high as 55 percent, Lund noted a solid penetration of the college locally.
“That shows a pretty good representation from Estherville students in staying close to home and getting a quality education,” Lund said.
Lund hopes the local community will continue to participate generously in the We Believe In Us fundraising campaign just as they have in the past. Money raised goes to provide scholarships locally.
“That is an important area and we need to continue to support that,” Lund said. Anyone interested in contributing can contact Jolene Rogers, the new director of institutional advancement at Iowa Lakes.
Lund noted that people can also remember Iowa Lakes in their will.
“That enables us to do more things, whether buildings, programs or scholarships, Lund said.
“I am very excited to represent the people in District 2 of Estherville,” Lund said. “I just really enjoy being a trustee.”