ICCC to hold open house today

Campus tours offered ahead of referendum

Iowa Central Community College, Webster City campus, 1725 Beach St., will hold an open house today, Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The open house will feature tours and an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming bond referendum on Feb. 6. Dr. Dan Kinney, ICCC president, will be on hand to answer questions.

Voters in nine area counties will be asked to approve a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue to finance numerous building upgrades at Iowa Central Community College.

According to college officials, funds would pay for security and electrical upgrades, changes needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a new biofuels testing lab.

The biggest part of the proposed bond issue is $6 million for the planned Greehey Family Student Success Center on the Fort Dodge campus. It would house enrollment, financial aid, academic advising, counseling and career planning services in one place. Bill Greehey, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate who was the chief executive officer of Valero Energy Corp., donated $3 million for the center last June.

Improvements are planned at the Eagle Grove, Storm Lake and Webster City centers also.

The bond issue must be approved by 60 percent of those voting in Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright counties.