SCC Receives $1 Million for New Technical Career Training FacilityWritten by Theresa Rose on August 18, 2015
Keokuk, IA- Southeastern Community College (SCC) was awarded $1 million from the US Economic Development Administration, EDA, to fund a new Industrial Technologies Training Center to be built on the College’s Keokuk campus.
The new facility will allow SCC to expand industrial training programs including focused, short-term training, specialized certificate training, and full-scale diploma and degree programs.
The projected $4.2 million facility will feature two spacious learning labs equipped with specialized training tools in robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, CNC, PLC, pipe-fitting, HVAC and welding. The center will also house multipurpose computer labs with design and equipment maintenance software.
SCC officials worked with the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission on the grant application, which was submitted last fall.
Preliminary discussions with EDA grant reviewers were positive, and so SCC President Dr. Michael Ash had planned to begin construction on the facility back in the spring. However the approval process took six months longer than anticipated.
“While we waited for the application to work its way through the system, we did as much of the advance preparation as we could so that once we received confirmation, we could hit the ground running,” explains Ash.
SCC officials will release a request for proposal for construction bids in the coming weeks. Contractors will have until December to submit bids, then college officials will review the proposals and offer their recommendation to the SCC Board of Trustees. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2016.
“With facilities like this, we can give students the chance to improve their lives and to help businesses train the skilled workers they need to be competitive. We want to give our region a highly skilled workforce that will encourage existing businesses to expand and new ones to set up shop.”
The new facility is just one slice of the college’s Building the Dream infrastructure expansion initiative. It includes the new Health Professions Center and the Hall of Sciences on the West Burlington campus. With an estimated total project cost of $27 million, it is the largest, most comprehensive infrastructure investment undertaken by SCC since 1995.
Ash is excited to continue offering the Southeast Iowa Region a high quality education for an affordable price. “Thousands of families in the Great River Region rely on SCC to provide opportunities for a quality college education. The more options we can provide to these students, the more likely they will be to choose SCC and then make their home here afterward.”
For more details about the new Industrial Technologies Training Center, visit http://www.scciowa.edu/buildingthedream/industrialtechcenter.aspx
For project updates and details about SCC’s Building the Dream initiative, visit www.scciowa.edu/buildingthedream
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