Clinton Community College begins work on vocational training center

The facility, when completed in 2022, will give high school students the opportunity to earn free college credits in several vocational training programs.

CLINTON, Iowa – Clinton Community College celebrated the start of construction on its new vocational and technical training center with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning.

The ceremony, with remarks from Clinton Community College President Brian Kelly and a symbolic flip of dirt, took place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20 in Clinton.

The future education center, according to a press release from the community college, will give high school students the opportunity to earn free college credit in the following vocational programs:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive technology
  • Construction technology
  • Culinary
  • Engineering technology
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Computer science
  • Welding technology

“This is an exceptional partnership with our school districts and local businesses to respond to a changing workforce dynamics and provide additional opportunities for our community,” Kelly said in the press release. “We are delighted to be part of the solution.”

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The nearly 27,000 square foot learning center will feature classrooms, multi-purpose labs, instructor offices and a common area for students.

View the Clinton Community College Career and Technical Education Building floor plans here.

The center was funded in part by the community. On March 2, 70% of voters in Jackson and Clinton counties 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 career path clear to high school students in the region. The college also received a million dollar grant from the Iowa Department of Education to fund the project.

According to the community college, construction of the facility is expected to be completed by fall 2022.

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