The Iowa Department of Education officially recognized Iowa Lakes Community College on October 28 of 1966. Following its recognition, Iowa Lakes was organized when the first board of directors met in January of 1967 to plan for its organization and development.

Legislation passed by the Iowa legislature established Merged Area III as a part of a statewide initiative. The Merged Area III included all or parts of Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, and Palo Alto counties and encompassed 26 community school districts and two parochial school systems.

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