Iowa Lakes news

(Estherville, Iowa) The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees convened on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the Snap-On Conference Room within the Iowa Lakes Community College SERT Building in Estherville, IA.

Kyle Norris, Executive Dean, began Tuesday’s meeting by highlighting the college’s commitment to providing innovative educational opportunities, including an expanded Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) program.

Don Edwards, Program Coordinator for HVAC, presented the enhanced curriculum designed to meet the evolving needs of the industry. The updated program offers a dual track Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, providing students with hands-on experience and essential skills to excel in the field.

“The emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability in today’s HVAC industry requires technicians to be proficient in utilizing innovative methods and technology,” said Edwards. “Our program not only equips students with the necessary technical knowledge but also fosters a collaborative learning environment where students can learn from each other’s experiences.”

The HVAC Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College addresses the growing demand for skilled professionals in sustainable energy, natural resources management, and industrial technology sectors. By integrating practical experience with advanced coursework, students gain comprehensive training to thrive in this dynamic field.

“We recognize the high demand for local and national HVAC professionals,” noted Edwards. “With many retirements in the industry, there’s a pressing need to cultivate a new generation of skilled workers. Our program aims to bridge this gap by providing students with diverse skill sets and hands-on training.”

The recent modifications to the curriculum include adding a diploma option alongside the AAS degree, offering students greater flexibility, and expanding course options. These changes ensure that graduates are well-prepared to meet the challenges of the workforce upon completion of their studies.

“We are committed to continually enhancing our program to meet the needs of our students and the industry,” said Edwards. “By offering a comprehensive education that combines classroom learning with real-world experience, we are preparing our students for success in a competitive job market.”

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The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. at the Emmetsburg Campus, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, Iowa. The Work Session will begin at 4:00 p.m.