ALGONA - The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College held its monthly meeting July 17, in Algona and learned of new efforts to enhance the value of the college's Success Centers.
Lynn Jenson, Success Center Instructor at the Algona campus, introduced the Trustees to 'Laker Speedway' and 'GED Bootcamp' as well as a program called 'ModuMath.'
'Laker Speedway' is an interactive online program that allows students to save money and time by boosting their reading, writing, and math skills as they prepare to take the ASSET and COMPASS tests. 'Laker Speedway' assists students who miss the 'cut-off scores' for college level writing or math. It provides ten weeks of access to an interactive class for just $75. Students can work through the lessons and then retake the ASSET and COMPASS tests. Successful learners can save the tuition and book costs for a three-credit developmental class and save a semester of time in the classroom.
Registrations are taken through the Continuing Education office.
One more service of the college Success Center is ModuMath, another interactive program, which offers lessons in Basic Math and Algebra. The program is used in a variety of areas including GED, developmental math, and diploma credit.
"I have used it with nursing students preparing for the HESI test, which is a type of 'entrance exam,' before they begin classes," said Jenson.
Each lesson consists of a series of videos, which are one minute or less. Questions are intermingled into the lesson and must be answered before students can proceed to the next level.
"It's similar to the regular classroom when a teacher will stop to check with students to ensure they understand each topic," Jenson said.
ModuMath is available at the Success Centers at all campuses of the college.
Jenson also talked about the first-ever GED Boot Camp, which will be held on the Emmetsburg campus July 30 through August 3, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and students who complete the GED Boot Camp program can receive up to a $50 credit toward the GED testing fee. Attendance is limited. Interested individuals can contact any of the Success Centers for more information or to register.
Also discussed was a proposal from Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development. The Trustees approved plans to add the Massage Therapy Diploma program at the Algona campus and also gave the go-ahead to propose an Event Management program based at the Spirit Lake campus.
The Executive Director of Facilities management, Delaine Hiney, updated the Trustees on college projects. The DOT-funded road pavement project at the Emmetsburg campus is on schedule; summer efforts to 'spruce up' the look of college campuses continues; plans for the Sustainable Energy Resource Technology Building, as well as a new swine facility, at the college farm lab continue; and the proposed Emmetsburg Student Services addition is on track to be reviewed late this year.
In other business, the Trustees approved a donation from Brian Johnson, a FAST Sprayer Distributor from Mountain Lake, MN. According to Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, the equipment provides college students in the ag programs with an opportunity use and learn application techniques.
In finances, the Trustees approved the 2013 Fiscal Year General Unrestricted Fund Budget and also approved a bid, which was presented by Vice President of Administration Bob L'Heureux on a proposal for a computer network back-up and recovery system. He also received approval to move the college's bond services to Bankers Trust Company.