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Hawkeye Community College to offer intercollegiate athletics

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - It's a first for students at Hawkeye Community College: Students will soon be able to participate in intercollegiate athletics. 

"We thought we really needed to take care of our students direct from high school and give them an opportunity to compete after high school," said Dave Ball, director of admissions and student life. 

Shooting, soccer, track and field, cross country, golf and bowling will be integrated within the next four years.

The school already offers intramural and club sports, but soon they will join the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Trap shooting will actually begin this fall. They've been participating as a club sport, but that will soon change.

Students will compete in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, which includes 15 colleges in Iowa and one in Nebraska.

Hawkeye hopes offering these kinds of opportunities to their students builds retention and connection beyond the classroom.

"The young adults here are starting to find out what professions they're going to go into, look to being able to find a hobby they can move into," said Kevin Boldt, trap shooting coach. 

Hawkeye Community College says they will also begin offering sports scholarships.

Upon the board's approval, it will come out of the student activities fees. Those fees will increase $1.50 per credit hour.

Fundraising for each sport will round out the money needed.

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