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NIACC Gets $1 Million to Create New Regional Center in Charles City

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has been awarded $1 million in state funding to create a new regional center in Charles City.

Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education Monday announced a total of four $1 million competitive grants through the Career Academy Incentive Fund to prepare more high school students for success in college, postsecondary training and the workforce. Students will have access to career and technical education (CTE) programs and state-of-the-art equipment in high-demand fields, including advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, building trades, electrical trades, health care, information technology and welding.

The grant will help NIACC establish a new regional center in Charles City to serve students from seven school districts in north central Iowa and is the second Career Academy Incentive Fund award for NIACC. The college was awarded the state’s first grant in 2020, which was used to establish the new John V. Hanson Career Center in Forest City.

Grants were also awarded Monday to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Iowa Lakes Community College, and Iowa Western Community College.

In a statement, the Governor said, “I commend DMACC, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western and NIACC for their leadership in growing career academies which inspire and develop some of Iowa’s most valuable workers beginning at a young age and, at the same time, expands opportunities to meet the needs of students, families, schools and employers in their local communities.”

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Mark Pitz

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