Iowa Lakes Community College provides educational services on five campuses covering five counties; Algona in Kossuth, Emmetsburg in Palo Alto, Estherville in Emmet, Spencer in Clay, and Spirit Lake located in Dickinson county.
Not only does each of these campuses offer traditional undergraduate and technical training opportunities, they also offer services that allow students to achieve their GED, or General Education Development, qualification to meet their high school equivalency requirements so they can transition to a new job, a promotion, or to their next educational goal.
GED tests are timed tests that require the use of general knowledge and thinking skills, not details or factual information. Test content focuses on practical life skills needed in the workplace, parenting, and as a community member.
Part of what prevents people from asking about starting the GED process is not knowing if they qualify, how long it will take, or if they are capable of completing the requirements and testing. Eligibility requirements are:
- anyone who is not enrolled in or has not graduated from high school
- at least 17 years of age.
As soon as a potential GED student enters one of the Success Centers at any of the Iowa Lakes campuses, they meet with a qualified Success Center instructor/advisor. This advisor helps the student through the process. Students who enroll in the program are scheduled to meet a minimum of 40 instructional hours.
ILCC has had more than 800 students graduate from the GED program since 2000 and saw a pass rate of over 98 percent in 2010. To encourage these successful students to continue their education, Iowa Lakes proudly offers each GED graduate an opportunity to receive a $500 scholarship upon graduation.
With the growth of online education, Iowa Lakes can offer GED education in another form through GED-i. Iowa Lakes can now offer educational instruction via the internet. All a student needs is a computer, internet access and an email address. GED-i students must be able to prioritize tasks and complete assignments by their due dates and be able to set clear goals. They must have good time management skills in order to complete tasks on time. GED preparation runs for six weeks with two lessons released each week for the duration of the course. The GED-i instructor is in constant communication with the students as well as the Success Center instructors. There are a limited number of seats available so students who are interested in the GED-i option must be self-motivated and serious about completing their work within the allotted amount of time. While instruction and assignments are done online, students must still visit a Success Center site to take official practice tests and final testing.
Final testing for the GED is done at two Iowa Lakes’ locations, the campus libraries on the Emmetsburg and Estherville campuses and can be contacted for specific dates and times.
Iowa Lakes Community College has a commitment to seeing a success story at the end of each GED student’s journey. The success of each student is intertwined with other areas of life and affects their growth and wellness in family, local economy, businesses, and college. The success of one individual is truly a community affair.
Subjects: Adult Education