NIACC board approves career center in Charles City

(ABC 6 News) – Thursday, the NIACC Board of Directors decided to move forward on a nearly 5 million dollar project they hope can make it easier for students to earn college credit.

That project is expanding the Charles City Career Center.

Just like their career center in Forest City, this will allow high school students in Charles City to earn college credit from NIACC without having to go to the actual campus.

“Students will be able to come and pursue construction trades, healthcare, it, and advanced manufacturing, NIACC President Dr. Steve Schulz said.

This will be an expansion of their existing facility in Charles City.

“We’ll be expanding to include a career academy programs that’ll include 7 schools in north Iowa,” Schulz explained.

The board approved the bid made by Woodruff Construction to take on the project.

Their bid was set at about 4.8 million dollars.

“We hope that they can begin construction as soon as the frost starts to leave the ground,” said Schulz.

The board estimates construction will begin in the spring and hopes the career center will be up and running by fall of 2024.