CLINTON, Iowa — Clinton Community College celebrated the start of construction on its new Career and Technical Education Center with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning.
The ceremony, featuring remarks from Clinton Community College President Brian Kelly and a symbolic turning of the dirt, took place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Clinton.
The future education center, according to a news release from the community college, will give high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit at no cost in the following career training programs:
- Automotive technology
- Construction technology
- Engineering technology
- Health care
- Information technology
- Welding technology
“This is an outstanding partnership with our school districts and local businesses to address a shifting workforce dynamic and provide additional opportunities for our community," Kelly said in the news release. "We are excited to be a part of the solution."
The almost-27,000-square-feet learning center will feature classrooms, multi-purpose laboratories, offices for instructors and a commons area for students.
View the floor plans for the Clinton Community College Career and Technical Education Building here.
The center was funded in-part by the community. On March 2, 70% of Jackson and Clinton counties voters passed a referendum to allocate $40 million to Clinton Community College to help build the new facility in DeWitt, with the ultimate goal of providing a clear career path for area high school students. The college also received a $1 million grant from the Iowa Department of Education to go toward the project.
According to the community college, construction of the facility is scheduled to be completed by fall 2022.
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