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Iowa Lakes CC holds 50th anniversary party

By Staff | Oct 30, 2016

Iowa Lakes Community College officially celebrated 50 years in a special event Saturday evening.

In her comments to the audience, Iowa Lakes President Val Newhouse noted the other 14 community colleges in Iowa had already held 50-year celebrations.

However, she said that it was fitting that Iowa Lakes’ celebration occurred on Saturday as the Iowa Department of Public Institutions, the forerunner of the Iowa Department of Education, officially recognized Iowa Lakes Community College the day before, 50 years ago on Oct. 28, 1966.

Newhouse noted one person that the other colleges didn’t have at their celebration was former state senator Jack Kibbie, who was with his wife Kay at the celebration. Kibbie is considered the ‘Father of Community Colleges’ as he led the way in developing legislation creating the community college system in Iowa in 1966. He was also one of the early members of the board of trustees of Iowa Lakes.

Newhouse, who has been with Iowa Lakes for around 30 of the 50 years of the college’s existence, talked about the changes over the years- from pushing large mimeograph machines up and down the hallways to the high-tech classrooms the college now has today.

Also she spoke of when smoking was allowed in classrooms to today when smoking is no longer allowed anywhere on campus.

She highlighted some of the changes at the other four campuses of Iowa Lakes as well. In 1997, the Emmetsburg campus became home to a combined wellness center and library.

In Spirit Lake, she talked about having lake front classrooms to its current facility.

In Spencer, Iowa Lakes took over the Spencer Business College’s curriculum and come classes were across from the bowling alley at their facility there.

“We’re well positioned for the next 50 years in all that we have done and plane for our students,” said Newhouse.

Current Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees President Jan Lund then read the proclamation setting Oct.29 as a day to celebrate Iowa Lakes Community College.