A positive report on the Welding Technology program was presented to the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College during its March meeting on March 19. Trustees also accepted bids for construction at the college farm and reviewed plans for upgrades to facilities as well.
Welding program assistant professor Steve Farnsworth, along with the welding lab assistant, Emily Gottsche briefed the trustees on what students in the college's Welding Technology program study and learn, and some of the recognition the program has received. Students in Welding Technology are fully certified when they receive their diploma after a year of study, or they may elect certification in specific areas. It was noted that the Iowa Lakes welding program has been designated as an Educational Institution Member of the American Welding Society - one of just two such programs in the state of Iowa.
Because of the strong demand for competent welders, the lab space at the college is often in use. Classes are being taught by the ILCC instructors for an Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Gas Pipeline welding certification class. Students attending the class come from Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.
The trustees accepted construction bids for the new Swine Facility at the College's Farm Laboratory west of Emmetsburg. A total of four bids for the facility were received, with the board accepting the bid of New Modern Concepts of Iowa Falls of slightly more over $420,000 for the swine facility.
Plans to remodel spaces in the Sustainable Energy Resource Technology building at the Estherville campus were reviewed. Under the plans, a new lab for the Environmental Studies program and Water Quality program will be included in the facility, as well as space for the newly proposed Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning technology program. Other space will be created for a lab to give renewable wind energy students opportunity for training at heights, including ladder training and confined spaces. The trustees agreed to receive and open bids for the SERT facility on April 11 and then hold a public hearing at their next regular meeting.
In other business, Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, proposed an application for a new program, computer gaming. The trustees approved the request, which, if granted, would start in the Fall of this year, teaching students programming and design skills for Computer Gaming.