Nursing program growing
EMMETSBURG – The members of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College had the opportunity to hear about changes in the nursing programs at the college during their meeting Tuesday afternoon on the Emmetsburg campus.
Berni Wise, director of nursing and health education, told about the growth which has occurred in the program. There has been an increase in non-traditional aged students as well as a boost in ethnic diversity in the program. The practical nursing program has accepted 150 students for this fall and the associate degree nursing program has doubled in the last five years and will see 100 students this fall.
Also, a change in curriculum makes the practical nursing and the associate degree nursing programs as stand-alone programs effective with the start of classes in the fall of 2010. This curriculum modification enables the nursing program to apply for National League of Nursing Accreditation. An added benefit is that it also provides for better preparation of students when taking state board exams and it also maximizes the use of clinical facilities.
A direct loan plan went before the trustees during their meeting and was approved. Iowa Lakes Community College will become a ‘Direct Loan’ college during the 2009-2010 academic year. Through the direct lending process, student loan applications go directly through the U.S. Department of Education. Direct lending assures student access to student loans as well as an efficient processing system.
Bob L’Heureux presented a plan in preparation for a plant fund vote in September of 2010. This is a renewal of a current levy in the five-county region of Iowa Lakes.
The trustees rejected all bids for a proposed construction technology classroom and alternate bid for a shop area as bids came in over budget for the facility.
In other business, the trustees approved the first reading of an addition to the board policy which involves potential identity theft. The formal policy was developed to ensure additional safety for the financial accounts of students paying tuition through a monthly payment plan.
The meeting also included reports from the trustees on boards and councils on which they serve.
The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, Aug. 18 on the Estherville campus.