(Estherville, Iowa) The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College convened at the Administrative Offices in Estherville late afternoon on December 14 for their annual organizational meeting. The 2021-22 board was adjourned by the Board of Trustees President, Janice K. Lund, and the 2022-23 board was then called to order by the Board Secretary, Cindy Oviatt.

The Trustees elected officers, with Janice K. Lund re-elected as Board President and Pat Kibbie re-elected as Vice President. Cindy Oviatt was appointed to serve as Board Secretary and Jeff Soper as Treasurer. Scot Bauermeister was selected as the attorney to represent the Trustees.

After completing all organizational business, Kyle Norris, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg Campus, began the meeting with the Iowa Lakes Report by introducing Michelle Kogel, SAVE Program Coordinator. Kogel has been with Iowa Lakes since 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearny. Kogel provided the board with an overview of the Student Alternative Vocational Education (SAVE) program offered at Iowa Lakes.

“The SAVE program is a secondary transition program for students on a current individualized education plan (IEP) and provides special education services to fulfill unmet transition needs for students with emphasis on developing personal responsibility and work skills,” said Kogel.

Iowa Lakes offers three academic options through the SAVE program, including Career Readiness, Career Roadmap and a program that combines components of the Career Readiness and Career Roadmap.

“Students have enrollment options at Iowa Lakes that best meet their needs while providing them the opportunity to learn specialized skills for a career and gaining valuable life lessons for their future,” said Kogel.

Attending the meeting with Kogel was an Iowa Lakes SAVE student, Claudia Torres, a freshman from Fonda, Iowa, who is seeking an Associate in Arts degree.

Students seeking to enroll in the SAVE program at Iowa Lakes are encouraged to schedule a campus visit. To learn more about the program, visit

Robert Leifeld, Vice President of Administration, shared a presentation with the board regarding transfer majors offered at Iowa Lakes and received approval to submit the Notice of Intents to the Iowa Department of Education toward offering additional transfer majors with an anticipated start date of 2023.

The Trustees discussed recent meetings attended in other business, and the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at the Administrative Offices, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, Iowa, at 4:30 pm.