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Criminal justice program featured at Iowa Lakes meeting

By Staff | Mar 17, 2011

The criminal justice program at Iowa Lakes Community College drew the attention of the board of trustees at its meeting Tuesday afternoon on the Estherville campus.

Executive dean of the Estherville campus, Darin Moeller, began the discussions of the two-year associate in science program based in Estherville.

Moeller reported that criminal justice students come from throughout the region. Students actively participate in college and community life. Many students also join the Criminal Justice Club which provides them with social and community service opportunities as well as field trips where students visit law enforcement and correctional agencies.

Students have access to a firearms training simulator where different scenarios are played on a screen and students react as if they were on the scene. In addition, students have access to an indoor shooting range, ASP training batons, traffic accident and criminal training software, the Iowa Lakes squad car and a jail cell. Students may enter several employment fields or transfer to a four-year college.

The teachers of the program are Sonja Fagre, assistant professor, and Jeff Weber, instructor.

Following the meeting, the trustees took a tour of the criminal justice facilities.

Three nursing program fees along with room and board fees were set by the Trustees Tuesday. Bob L’Heureux, vice president of administration, reported the fees were set early this year for nursing to accommodate those students who are in the ‘bridge’ program, which is related to the transition of an upgraded curriculum which starts this summer.

Also, room and board rates were set for students living in campus housing. The fee of $2,500 involves a meal rate increase of $50 per semester while the housing rate will remain the same. (Those receiving the weekend meal plan will pay an additional $225.)

The agreement with the Regional Wellness Center in Estherville will be discontinued at the end of the year. About 150 students used the center on a consistent basis. The college was paying for nearly 250 students this spring. Students who wish to remain members will be eligible for a discounted rate at the center.

The trustees approved participation in a group called IPASeducation. The group was developed to serve the growing needs of Iowa’s educational institutions while maintaining liquidity and safety of principal funds. Both daily and longer-term investment alternatives are available. The fund is operated by Miles Capital which has an agreement with IACCT – the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees.

Also, an agreement with SKC was approved. SKC provides video conferencing communications options and will perform a needs analysis and audio/visual design proposal for Iowa Lakes as the college develops its distance learning/video conferencing project.

Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, Mark Gruwell, brought two agenda items to the trustees. On the recommendation of the Assessment Review Committee, with approval from the Academic Council, the trustees approved a revised and more focused definition of “general education.” In addition, the trustees authorized Gruwell to proceed with a number of grant opportunities on behalf of the college.

Tuesday afternoon, the trustees also heard from Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management, who updated them on the upgrades to the HVAC units at the Emmetsburg campus which are taking place this week during spring break.

Finally, the trustees heard reports from fellow board members.