A new NIACC Regional Education Center is coming to North Iowa! In fact, it will be located right here in Forest City in the Nerem Industrial Park. The Nerem Industrial Park is located just to the west of CDI near Winnebago and 3M.

The new center is projected to open for classes in the fall of 2021 and is the result of NIACC partnering with four area districts: Forest City, GHV, Lake Mills, and North Iowa. This initiative, to build up to three regional centers to support the area’s workforce issues, is a major part of NIACC's recent bond referendum.

Students in these four districts will be able to take advantage of education and training in four "Career Academies" and they are all areas where there's a shortage of workers in North Iowa and around the country. The four areas are: Information Technology, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, and Health.

NIACC instructors, and area teachers, will provide high-quality career technical education and the regional center will have similar training equipment as the main NIACC campus.

NIACC will provide funding, oversee construction of the center, and provide educational programs and academic advising for students. The districts will support the educational program and operational costs of the building. 

This regional center, in addition to the partnership with Waldorf University, provides Forest City students with another amazing opportunity to explore the direction they may want to go after high school.