Indian Hills Community College has been awarded a $725,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help equip the career and technical education (CTE) wing of the new academic building being constructed on the Centerville Campus.
The EDA project will provide the equipment needed to facilitate effective training programs that will help meet regional demand for jobs in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, construction, healthcare, and transportation. IHCC estimates the project will help generate 110 jobs in Appanoose, Davis, Monroe, and Wayne counties over the next nine years.
“We are thankful for the support from the EDA to provide equipment for the new Centerville academic building set to open in Fall 2024. Providing students and local industry with access to high-quality equipment and training is a priority of Indian Hills. The equipment provided through this grant will ensure our graduates are prepared to meet the needs of industry
throughout the region.” Dr. Matt Thompson, Indian Hills Community College President
The EDA grant will be matched with $725,000 in local investment, including funding from the State of Iowa’s Workforce Training and Economic Development Fund, proceeds from the bond referendum approved by voters in November 2021, and contributions from area business and industry.
According to IHCC, this project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Chariton Valley Planning and Development Council of Governments. EDA funds the Chariton Valley Planning and Development Council of Governments to bring together the public
and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.