New Regional Center Gives Students a Head Start
By Heather Hubbs, Reporter
HIAWATHA, Iowa - Kirkwood has a new program that's helping high school students figure out what they want to be when they grow up.
From physical therapy to engineering, students can explore a wide range of careers at the new Linn County Regional Center on Boyson Road in Hiawatha.
A number of high schools across the county are collaborating with Kirkwood. By collaborating, stuents are able to access state of the art equipment and offer courses many districts wouldn't be able to offer on their own.
Students still take regular classes like math and english at their high school, then go to the regional center a few days a week for classes that will give them a head start after graduation. Each class is a mix of lecture and hands on learning. Kirkwood offers classes in about 20 different career areas. Students get both high school and college credit for each course. The best part, their district pays the bill.
But it's not just high school students taking advantage of this facility.
"We have traditional and non traditional students, one night a week taking an accelerator program. Also have students using this space for continuing education and non-credit programs," said Mindy Thornton Director, Linn County Regional Center.
This is the second regional center Kirkwood has opened. Jones County Regional Center is now in it's fourth year. Two more are in the works, Washington County's is set to open next year, and Johnson County will have one in two years.
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