ICCC industrial training center races for fall completion

Friday, July 31, 2020

The new Iowa Central Community College Industrial Training Center in the Bargloff Addition at Storm Lake is coming together well, but behind schedule.

“COVID-19 got us a little on the building process. We’re pushing to get it open in time for fall classes. We may be a little late, but I think it will be okay,” ICCC President Dan Kinney told the Pilot-Tribune this week. “We’re excited to get it open.”

Groundbeaking for the $2.5 million project took place one year ago this month.

The facility will be used for the college’s joint training program with Tyson and other classes, solving a shortage of space and equipment at the ICCC main location next to the high school. “Eventually we plan evening and non-credit classes there, and we hope to do some things working with the high school as well,” Kinney said.

Such a specific center is needed to answer the need for trained workforce in the region, he adds. “With all of the advanced manufacturing we have all around us, this will help support the current and future good positions that will be added. Unfortunately we haven’t had the space to do this until now.”

The new building will offer shop, lab and classroom spaces, and will be flexible enough to adapt to whatever forms of training that industry in the region may need in the future.

Iowa Central officials have also noted that the 11.6 acre site, near North Lake Avenue and 590th Street, provides enough space for up to four more possible buildings in the future, and the possibility of placing the entire campus there.

Traveling to Fort Dodge for training has been a hindrance for local students, so Kinney expects local ICCC enrollment to grow as more training can take place in Storm Lake.

The college hopes to have a dedication ceremony, but timing will depend on the pandemic concerns.

“We will also be opening our Laurens career academy. That was done last school year, but with COVID we didn’t get to start it then,” Kinney said.