Stimulating Economy Could Bring More Students

CEDAR RAPIDS - Every day, it seems, we hear about more and more layoffs.

Just this week President Obama laid out his plan to recover from this recession.

Here's what he said: "The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges."

This is the new H-V-A-C training room and lab for the Industrial Tech school at Kirkwood Community College. Plumbing is across the hall. They should open in September - just in time for what could be an up-tick in enrollment.

"Any time you are building infrastructure, your building those things that are permanent and need to be lasting, that's going to require people with skills in these particular areas," said Phil Thomas, Dean of the Industrial Tech school at Kirkwood.

Both Governor Culver and President Obama promise money to build up infrastructure.

Those promises are giving a gleam of hope for students already taking classes.

"I'm pretty excited about that because it will mean I have plenty of opportunities," said Ryan Duncan, student.

Not only Ryan Duncan, but teachers here also suspect the infrastructure will need a lot of supporters.

"Construction management, carpentry, masonry and a lot of the trade areas - plumbing, heating venting and air-conditioning. We expect to see increases in these areas," said Thomas.

Depending on your interests the programs can take one to two years to complete.

And students are already getting lined up for fall semester.

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