Establishing the new NIACC Regional Career Academy in Charles City will happen. Where it will be located is still to be determined.
NIACC is partnering with area school districts including Charles City, Nashua-Plainfield, Osage, Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock, Riceville, North Butler, and Clarksville to give high school students access to career and technical education (CTE) programs and state-of-the-art equipment in those high-demand fields.
Originally, officials targeted building the center new on the Floyd County Fairgrounds, but during a presentation Monday night to the Charles City School Board, NIACC’s Steve Schultz said another unidentified location is also in play.
Schultz says the alternate site could also allow for possible future expansion. He added that building new on the Floyd County Fairgrounds is still on the table, but noted construction prices continue to rise and estimates the cost to build between $4.4 and $4.7 million.
Schultz says they hope to have an answer on which direction they take with the academy’s location by the end of July.
In the meantime, the School Board Monday night approved entering into a 10-year agreement with NIACC for the new career learning partnership.