WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – After years of work, the Waterloo Career Center was officially unveiled Thursday.
The center is attached to Central Middle School in Waterloo and offers 14 different programs in which high school students can gain college credit and experience in their desired field.
“It is extraordinary to see what has been done,” said Representative Abby Finkenauer. The congresswoman was just one of several Iowa dignitaries to attend the ceremony, gathering around school officials during the ribbon cutting.
However, in 2016 the center was still just a dream. Superintendent Dr Jane Lindaman say funding failed after a bond vote.
“The board had a tricky decision to decide whether to go back for another bond and do another bond vote, or to move forward slower at a different pace, on a different scope, and a different scale,” said Dr Lindaman.
Which is what the school board did, utilizing local sales tax funding to support the project.
“This has really been a labor of love over a matter of multiple years,” said Dr Lindaman.
Governor Kim Reynolds was also in attendance, saying the career center aligns with her Future Ready Iowa initiative, which hopes to have 70% of Iowa’s workforce have job training beyond high school by 2025.
“I think that’s how we do things in Iowa, we know how to get things done,” said Governor Reynolds.
The center plans to add 4 more programs next fall, Dr. Lindaman says she hopes to add more programs to train students who wish to go into the medical field.