Yes on Iowa Central bond

On Feb. 6, 2018, Iowa Central Community College is asking voters in Region V for a $25.5 million dollar bond issue to support needed improvements for the college. 

I had the pleasure of attending Iowa Central Community College and benefited from outstanding academic and extra-curricular activities.  Iowa Central gave me a solid foundation to go on and obtain my bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and I am now working on completing my specialist degree.

Iowa Central continues to be one of the fastest growing and most progressive community colleges in the nation.  I have stayed connected with the college though various activities and functions, and I continue to be impressed by the number of collaborative projects that the college undertakes, including many new and innovative programs.  

The proposed bond will go to help Iowa Central keep pace with the demand for a highly skilled workforce in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine (STEMM), though renovations to the science and technology buildings.   With the college celebrating its 50th birthday in 2016, so did many of the building structures of the college.  Physical infrastructure improvements are needed to update and meet the educational demands, maintain structural integrity, and increase safety and security for staff and students at all of Iowa Central’s campuses. 

In order to improve efficiency at ICCC, they would like to centralize the student services into one building.  With some of the funding from the referendum combined with a $3-million donation from the Greehey Family Foundation, the college could create a one-stop-show for students. 

Additional partnership will also be strengthened though the bond including relocating the Iowa Central Fuel Testing Lab and Research Center to the Ag Industrial Park west of Fort Dodge.  The current fuel testing lab has outgrown its space, and with the proposed move, the testing lab can co-locate with current and future biotechnology and bio products manufactures.

Weather a person is seeking short or long-term training, re-certifications, credit or non-credit classes, or transfer credits, Iowa Central serves a vital need for a well-trained and educated workforce.  I am asking voters and patrons in the Area V Region to support the referendum for needed improvements for Iowa Central to help the college to continue to be a vital educational force in the region and nationally for another 50 years!  

JOHN C. JOHNSON

Winthrop