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Clinton Career Center Opens

a drawing of the new career center at Clinton Community College
a drawing of the new career center at Clinton Community College

A new center to help high school students and community residents earn college-level credits opens Monday in Clinton. The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is celebrating the grand opening of the Clinton Career Advancement Center from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Clinton Community College President Brian Kelly says a large number of jobs do not require four years of college. But most need some education after high school.

"We often think of the question 'what if everyone had an equal opportunitiy to participate in the future.' And knowing 65% of the jobs in the community needed extra education beyond high school, we were able to bring on these career academies."

The new center began accepting students in August. Kelly hopes junior high students will begin to look ahead to their high school careers and plan to fit dual enrollment into their schedules.

"We're doing some great things and the community is going to reap the benefits of all this work for decades to come."

Currently, the Clinton Career Advancement Center offers programs in agriculture, automotive technology, healthcare, welding technology, and more. For more information visit eicc.edu/grandopening