Urban Campus Becoming a Reality

Things are happening fast at the construction site of the new EICC Urban Campus.

new-campus-storyThe approximately $50 million project enables Eastern Iowa Community Colleges to create a full-service campus. The two buildings, located on the north half of East Third Street between Main and Brady Streets, are undergoing a complete remodel inside and a third “connector” building will be added between the two. The building on Main Street will be open for classes for our spring semester this coming January.

“We are creating a stunning, purpose-built campus that attracts college students of all ages to high-quality, forward-looking programs located in a vibrant, modern downtown learning space,” says EICC Chancellor Don Doucette. The campus will be approximately 70,000 square feet in size with capacity for 1,500 students. Plans call for 25 regular classrooms, seven computer labs, a science lab, a 2,000-square-foot convening and meeting space, and faculty and administrative offices.

The building will serve as hub for signature programs in Information Technology (IT) and Business including Associate in Applied Science degrees and industry certificates in network and infrastructure management, databases, website management, computer support and computer programming, as well as business programs such as project management, uses of social media, business analytics, entrepreneurship and small business start-ups. The college’s EON Virtual and Augmented Reality Innovation Academy, Administrative Office Support program, some college transfer classes, and many continuing education classes will also be at the campus.

Classes and offices currently at the college’s Kahl Educational Center, 326 West Third Street, and EICC’s Urban Campus, 306 West River Drive, will be relocated to the new downtown campus. The expectation is for the building on Brady Street to open later in 2018. For photos and more information, visit eicc.edu/urbancampus

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