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Grand Opening of NIACC Career Center in Charles City in the Books

Just over a year after construction started, North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) celebrated its newly renovated Career Center in Charles City Friday (05.10). 

Center Director Wendy Coen-Lumley was the first to speak on the project, which also included the addition of a new Career Academy.

NIACC President Steve Schulz says re-opening the facility, with the Career Academy, is the culmination of an idea launched over four years ago.

In addition to the bond approval, the seven area school districts partnering with NIACC also committed funding. The State also supplied $1 million as part of Governor Kim Reynolds initiative to increase access to work-based learning, especially in rural areas.

That’s Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg referencing the $1 million grant NIACC received to develop their first Career Academy in Forest City. 

The Charles City facility is set to officially begin its high school academy operations this fall, offering hands-on courses to students in the Charles City, Clarksville, Nashua-Plainfield, North Butler, Osage, Riceville, and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock school districts. 

The Career Center will also offer continuing and community education classes, adult literacy classes, business and industry training, and meeting spaces for local clubs and organizations.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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