Advising & Success Center

Do you need help in planning your academic future, or are you in need of tutoring or other academic support?

The Advising & Success Center at Iowa Lakes can provide you with the assistance needed to maximize your academic potential.

Whether you seek placement testing, assistance with registration and academic advising, need help to transition to college, tutoring, or transfer planning, we are here to help.

With Advising & Success Centers located on each campus of Iowa Lakes, we are sure to provide you with the resources needed to get you to where you want to go.

Check out the services offered in the Advising and Success Center below.  What’s even better is that most of our services are provided FREE to Iowa Lakes students.

Advising & Success Center Services

Below is a list of various services offered by the Advising & Success Centers at Iowa Lakes.

  • Advising & Academic Plan Development
  • Learning Styles Workshop
  • Placement Testing & Exams
    • CLEP, AP & DSST Exams
    • ACCUPLACER Exams
  • Proctored Testing for non-credit students & Continuing Education
    • FAA Testing
    • HiSET Exams
    • CAN
    • Journeyman, Master Plumbing, Electrician, & HVAC
  • Registration Assistance
  • Transfer Planning
  • Tutoring Services: Peer & Professional
    • Tutoring and assistance with coursework, as requested

If you seek a service not currently listed, please contact one of our Advising & Success Centers for more information.

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Success Center Contacts & Hours of Operation

Due to COVID-19, appointments are required for students seeking to take placement or any other proctored exams. Please call the Advising & Success Center at the campus near you at least 24 hours in advance.

Advising & Success Center – Algona Campus

Monday thru Thursday - 8 am – 4:30 pm 

Friday - 10 am – 4 pm 

Jeanette Walker
Success Center Instructional Assistant
712-295-8521 Ext: 8521 | jwalker@iowalakes.educreate new email

Advising & Success Center – Emmetsburg Campus

Monday thru Friday - 8 am – 4 pm 

Dr. Laurie Schmidt
Professor, Success/Advising Center
712-852-5275 Ext: 5275 | lschmidt@iowalakes.educreate new email

Advising & Success Center – Estherville Campus

Monday thru Thursday - 8 am – 4:30 pm 

Friday - 8 am – 4 pm 

Molly Struve
Associate Professor, Success/Advising Center
712-362-7935 Ext: 7935 | mstruve@iowalakes.educreate new email

Sandy Garber
Success/Advising Center Instructional Assistant
712-362-8362 Ext: 8362 | sgarber@iowalakes.educreate new email

Advising & Success Center – Spencer Campus

Monday thru Thursday - 8:30 am – 4:30  pm 

Friday - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

spsuccess@iowalakes.educreate new email 712.580.5622 

Advising & Success Center – Spirit Lake Campus

Monday thru Thursday - 8 am – 4 pm 

Friday – 8 am – 12 pm

Dennis McDonald
Success Center Instructional Assistant
712-336-6564 Ext: 6564 | dmcdonald@iowalakes.educreate new email

Steven Sievert
Success/Advising Center Instructional Assistant
712-336-6564 Ext: 6564 | ssievert@iowalakes.educreate new email

Looking for a time not listed above?

Contact the Advising & Success Center near you to make an appointment.