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NIACC $15 million bond passes with almost 80% approval

And easy as a Sunday morning, NIACC’s first bond proposal passed during the special election yesterday. The $15 million bond referendum needed to incur a 60% approval rate to claim victory. According to the Globe Gazette, 14% of the 11 counties eligible voters voted and close-to 80% of those people gave NIACC the green-light on the bond.

In Floyd County, a majority was reached by a little more than 2% – with only around 9% of the county showing up to the polls.

Now that NIACC has secured the capital, President Steve Schultz says they will use it in two main ways:  workforce development and general infrastructure.

 

A large majority of the funding, upwards of $6.5 million, will be used for direct job training and implementing a couple regional education centers in the surrounding communities. Schultz says this will include technical education classroom updates. 

 

But, what will it cost a resident of the 11 counties each year?

 

Schultz hopes this can keep NIACC on par or better than similar community colleges – but reassures locals that the ask was not a ‘Christmas list’ but instead, a ‘necessity list’. 

Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.

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