A former National Guard armory in Eagle Grove is preparing to welcome students from seven area high schools this fall when Iowa Central Community College opens what it’s calling a Regional Career Academy.
Colleen Bartlett, spokeswoman for Iowa Central, says the project has been four years in the making.
Bartlett says, “Strands that will be offered are: bioprocess technology, business, general ed, engineering technology, manufacturing, and a teacher academy.” The classes will be for dual credit, meaning, students will get both high school credit and college credit at Iowa Central once they graduate from high school. She says the half-dozen courses were chosen carefully over several years of planning.
“These strands represent jobs that are available in our region,” Bartlett says. “If students are trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up, these are good ones to look at. These are positions that are actually available in our area.” About 70 students will be attending the academy this fall with up to 110 students when it reaches full capacity. An open house at the new academy will be held September 16th.
(Reporting by, Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)