Berven selected to instruct small business program

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees met Tuesday afternoon in Estherville for its last in 2018.

Dr. Lisa Stich serves as Executive Dean of the Estherville Campus and introduced Lecia Berven, professor of the accounting specialist program for Iowa Lakes Community College.

Berven has been employed by Iowa Lakes Community College since 1998, marking this year as her 20th anniversary with the institution. Berven holds degrees from Buena Vista University and Minnesota State-Mankato. She received her master's degree from Regis University in Colorado and told the trustees she had recently been selected as one of seven instructors on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative.

"It is an honor to be a part of an economic development opportunity for small business owners," Berven said. "I am particularly excited about the opportunities available to the small business owners in our area, and I hope that they will take advantage of the expertise provided by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative," she said. "The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program was launched nationally in 2009 and has provided $500 million in funding for the program. Business owners will learn how to grow revenue and grow their hiring while they receive practical business skills."

The program has partnered with Iowa's community colleges and will be the first in the nation to deliver a statewide initiative. Iowa's first cohort is scheduled for January 2019, with applications being accepted for the second cohort planned for April 2019.

Administration Vice President Robert Leifeld updates the board about the "Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship Occupations" program.

"This program provides scholarship opportunities for areas of study that are considered to be high paying, high skilled and are in high demand," he said. "In addition to programs already identified, each of Iowa's community colleges were allowed to include five more that are reflective of area needs."

Leifeld asked the board to allow him to submit the aviation, veterinary technician, ag production, environmental studies, and business administration programs for consideration. The board approved the request.

Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management, told board members the College Farm underwent a third-party swine facility audit. The audit was requested by Tyson Foods and may be conducted at any swine facility that sells to their organization.

"The Iowa Lakes Community College Farm received a 94.9 percent out of 100 percent scoring during this audit," Hiney said. "The average facility audit score is generally in the 70 percent range. This was an amazing finding and further demonstrates the exceptional quality of work completed by our instructors, staff, and students."

Hiney also reported that the Fine Arts Center on the Estherville Campus is continuing to move forward and said that the facility has been enclosed and heated.

Jolene Rogers, executive director of community and business relations, gave the board an update on activities and various foundation scholarship fundraising events that are planned for 2019.

Rogers provided donors with guidance on year-end giving. Donations are processed by postmark in accordance with IRS regulations.

"As we are in the season of gift-giving, the Iowa Lakes Foundation continues to accept donations," Rogers said. "A gift of education is one that could change someone's life forever."

In other business, the trustees received a treasurers report and a listing of monthly bills from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Soper.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Estherville.

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