Iowa Lakes Community College Athletics were featured at the board of trustees meeting Tuesday afternoon in Estherville.
Troy Larson, Athletics Director, Housing Director, and Men’s Basketball Coach gave an overview of the Athletics Department at Iowa Lakes Community College. His presentation included the discussion of athletic numbers and the trends that have been established over the past ten years.
Coach Larson stated, “Iowa Lakes had 79 student-athletes in 2007, and now we range from anywhere from 280-310 student-athletes, annually. This improvement is due to the active recruitment by our coaches and admissions staff.”
“We have also added additional competitive sports, most recently, Sports Shooting. We have 12 male competitors and five female competitors as part of this year’s team,” said Coach Larson.
Larson also provided information about the various fundraising efforts that are currently underway and the many community service projects that the athletic teams take part in annually.
“We take great pride giving back to our communities through these community service efforts. Our student-athletes grow and learn from these experiences”, said Larson.
Completing one community service project per semester is a requirement of each athletic team.
Spencer company exploring training opportunity for 30 jobs
Following Troy’s presentation, the Board had the opportunity to hear from the Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, Jolene Rogers.
Rogers reported to the board that a preliminary agreement has been made with a company located in Spencer with the potential for a training opportunity for 30 new jobs.
Rogers also reported about several new hires that have joined the Business and Community Relations team. Dawn Kollasch was hired as the Allied Health Programmer on the Emmetsburg Campus and Alison Mason as the Institutional Advancement Manager in the Administration Office. In her report, Rogers discussed the implementation of a state-wide “Train the Trainer” event for nurse’s aide instructors. This course will include teaching strategies for adult learners and will be held in October on the Emmetsburg Campus.
Robert Leifeld, Vice President of Administration, presented candidates for Summer Graduation.
“It is always exciting to be able to present another round of candidates for graduation,” said Leifeld.
The next scheduled meeting for the Trustees will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 beginning at 4:30 pm at the Administrative Building, 19 South 7th St., Estherville, IA.
Photo (submitted): Jolene Rogers
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