Construction of a new NIACC Regional Career Academy just west of Charles City is expected to start this summer.
The project was pushed forward last month when the Iowa Department of Education awarded a $1 million grant to NIACC to build the learning center at the Floyd County Fairgrounds. The academy will operate in partnership with Charles City, Nashua-Plainfield, Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock, Riceville, North Butler, Clarksville and Osage to provide students access to career and technical education (CTE) programs and state-of-the-art equipment in high-demand fields including advanced manufacturing, construction trades, information technology and health careers.
At their regular meeting Monday night, NIACC President Dr. Steve Schulz told the Charles City School Board the state grant is a large part of financing the project, but funding must also come from other sources.
Schulz says they have a good start on funds for the academy.
Officials are targeting a Fall 2023 opening for the new Charles City career learning center.