Iowa Central Community College Announces Plan for New Storm Lake Center

Students at Iowa Central Community College’s Storm Lake Campus will soon be able to attend all of their classes in one centralized location.

Plans for a new single site at 323 West 20th Street near the Iowa Central Training Center are underway with construction slated to begin in the spring of 2023. Presently, Storm Lake students take classes in three separate locations: The AEA Building on Flindt Drive, Storm Lake High School and on the campus of Buena Vista University.

The AEA Building currently houses classes for ESL and ELL, while nursing students attend class in the basement of BVU’s Swope Hall and general for-credit classes are held at Storm Lake High School.

Chris Cleveland, Storm Lake Center director said the new facility will allow a more fluid transition for students in multiple classes.

“This will provide our students with a more fluid learning experience,” said Cleveland. “It has been a long-term goal of our master plan to have everything offered in one site.”

“Our goal is to get everyone into one central location and this building will allow us to do that,” said Dr. Stacy Mentzer, vice president of instruction at Iowa Central.

The two-story building will include 16 classrooms with eight on each floor, an Academic Resource Center, and a testing center for external companies in the community to utilize. The new center will also offer additional programs such as welding, electrical and manufacturing and certified nurse aid courses.

“We are working to offer more programs and courses that will help fill a need in the Storm Lake area,” Mentzer said.

“Expanding our campus in Storm Lake allows us to better serve a part of the Iowa Central region that is rapidly growing,” said Iowa Central President Dr. Jesse Ulrich. “This expansion not only makes sense for our region, for our businesses and industry and for our students, but also fits directly into our strategic plan and mission for Iowa Central.”

The initial plan is to complete the first floor of the building and continue to add classroom space on the second floor as enrollment increases. Presently, 198 students are enrolled in a combined 1,425 credit hours through the Storm Lake Campus.

“Being in one location should help with our student enrollment,” Cleveland said.

“Our goal is to be able to double enrollment with a new building,” Mentzer said.

The campus will also include a career academy for area high school students to enroll in a specific set of courses associated with a designated career area

“Our hope is that having one campus will create more of a college environment and make our students feel more at home at Iowa Central.”

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