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Early Childhood Education Spotlighted

February 23, 2012
Emmetsburg News

ESTHERVILLE - Students who will be educating "tomorrow's leaders" took center stage at the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 21.

The young women are in the Child Care and Early Childhood Education program, which is led by Professor Jamie Christensen and Assistant Professor Melissa Regelstad.

The four students shared various early childhood program experiences, what brought them to Iowa Lakes Community College, and what their future plans are. Students were Brittany Carter of Spencer, Katelyn Cheever of Armstrong, Tabatha Harry of Hawarden, and Kirsten Worlds from Truman, Minnesota.

In other news, Executive Director of Facilities Management Delaine Hiney addressed the board on three topics. The Trustees gave approval to work with an engineering firm to design specifications for an access road to the Emmetsburg Regional Emergency Response Training Center; were updated on the fact that Iowa Lakes has been practicing 'green' (or environmentally friendly) cleaning for more than six years; and were informed that all employees have been educated about not using a hand-held communication device in college vehicles and that the college is in compliance with Iowa law.

On the subject of money, the Trustees set the date of Mar. 20, for a public hearing on amending the 2012 Fiscal Year published budget.

In addition, a public hearing was held on the 2013 Fiscal Year published budget, which shows a slight decrease in funds derived from taxes.

Also, Vice President of Administration Bob L'Heureux reviewed bids the college received for the video conferencing project and received approval to refinance the 2006 Dormitory Revenue Bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, received approval from the Trustees to submit an application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority's ACE Infrastructure program, which will focus on College Farm Lab facilities.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 20, on the Estherville campus.



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