You've Served. Now Let Us Serve You.

MIlitary & Veterans Center

Thank you for your service, now we want to serve you.

At Iowa Lakes Community College, we highly value your contribution to keeping our nation free and safe. We know you, your family, and your friends have made tremendous sacrifices under your service to our country. To show our appreciation for our military students and veterans, we strive to be the very best at serving your needs and making you feel welcome at Iowa Lakes.

Veterans Affairs

Tim Ireland
tireland@iowalakes.educreate new email

Steve Pelzer
spelzer@iowalakes.educreate new email

what we offer

Two Veteran Centers

We have over 1200 square feet of comfortable and welcoming space for you with new furniture, workstations, CAC-enabled computers, and, yes, free coffee.

School Certifying Officials

We have two school certifying officials to ensure your GI Bill/VA Educational Benefits are handled quickly and efficiently. Contact the Iowa Lakes Certifying Officials at veterans@iowalakes.educreate new email.

veterans liaison

Tim Ireland is a veteran with over 39 years of service in both the Iowa Army National Guard and the Iowa Air National Guard. He finished his career as the Chief Boom Operator for the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa. Tim has been deployed multiple times and has first-hand knowledge of what our service-members and their families experience. He is dedicated to providing you with the best possible service.

Mentor Program

We have seven veteran and military spouse mentors. They all have military experience and have volunteered to be friendly listeners who can come alongside you as you make the transition from military life and/or deal with Active, Guard, and Reserve obligations.

FREE Wellness Center Access

All military and veteran students and their dependents receive free use of our Wellness Center, located on the Emmetsburg Campus.

Partnership with Veteran Services Officers

Relationships with our local Veteran Service Officers are very important as you may have questions concerning education, disability, and other veteran benefits. These experts stand ready to help you personally, and they provide us with excellent materials and resources located in our Veteran Centers.

Priority enrollment & transfer of military education & training credits

You have the freedom to enroll as early as possible. We are dedicated to following the American Council on Education’s recommendations as much as possible for transferring and awarding credit you’ve earned while serving. We have several vocational and technical programs that will evaluate and honor your education, training, and experience.

Giving priority service

We have policies and agreements to give priority service to our student veterans and military members. We are signatories to the “8 Keys to Veteran Success” and have been designated as a “CHAMP” (Certified Higher Education Military Partner) by the state of Iowa.