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Northeast Iowa Community College offers free day care to students

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — Students enrolled in any of NICC’s “Opportunity Dubuque” certificate programs qualifies for free child care.

The college, in partnership with many Dubuque area organizations, is providing this service to help encourage parents who want to get a higher education to enroll in the many certificate classes the downtown Dubuque campus offers.

Student Success Coach, Samaria Neely says the free day care will take a burden off the shoulders of many of her students and will encourage them to finish the courses.

“We had a lot of students who were interested in pursuing some of our certification programs but was unable to enroll or complete because they didn’t have the child care,” Neely explains. “A lot of them depended on their family members or friends to watch their kids and then that wasn’t kind of long term, so then if they would join some of the classes they would end up dropping out mid way.”

The free day care does not end when a student graduates. NICC’s VP of Business and Community Solutions, Wendy Mihm-Herold says the service is designed to help student-parents get settled into their careers after graduation.

“You can have daycare while you’re in the educational program and continuing on up to a year on a sliding scale and there’s no other place in the state of Iowa that this opportunity is out there.”

Because one of the biggest set-backs for students with kids is finding day care offered during their evening and night classes, NICC is partnering with Steeple Square to offer child care during night classes.

The certificate programs that qualify for this free service are:

The certificate courses are offered year-round. The free day care starts in September.

 

 

Cori Hanna

Today in Iowa reporter

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