CHARLES CITY, Iowa — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the new Career Education Training Center for Northern Iowa Community College (NIACC) in Charles City.
NIACC says the new Career Center will be designed to provide local high school students with work experience and college-level education in in-demand occupational areas including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction and information technology. Coursework will be free for students in the Charles City, Nashua-Plainfield, North Butler, Osage, Rickville, and RRMR areas.
“We looked at workforce development data in Iowa, and those were the largest openings by percentage in the region,” says NIACC President Steve Schultz. “These are the fields that are hiring, and they need the workers.”
Security Charity One is the primary donor for the project and has contributed $125,000.
“We have a lot of young people who are very talented in northern Iowa, but often think they have to leave home to get a good job,” says Matt Bradley, senior security marketing manager. “We believe this is a vital step in giving incentive to our local alumni to stay close to home and improve our local community.”
“Locally owned banks are key to economic development, and we cannot thank them enough for their continued support of this work and this project,” says Schultz.
The Career Education Training Center is scheduled to be ready for students in the fall of 2024.