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Waterloo educators support new career center

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Waterloo educators have been researching better ways to prepare students for life after high school for nearly four years, and they say a new career center will help.

After visiting Central Campus in Des Moines, local educators said it's all about providing students options at a minimal cost to taxpayers, and it also improves the community.

With several electives ranging from Photography to Anatomy and Physiology, Des Moines High School students like Ivan Apolonio are able to take courses for free at Central Campus.

"I've tried to find out what I don't like first, so I can eliminate what I don't like and do other things hopefully I'll like. So, far I have liked this, and even if I change my mind, I'll have this to go to," Ivan said.

Ivan's teacher, Kacia Cain, said the career center not only benefits students, but the community too, and she believes a similar model would succeed in the Cedar Valley.

"It's the opportunity to work with the business partners and the community partners, and making those connections, and having those people interacting with students is what really brings us to the next level," Cain said.

Educators and experts say the cost to do nothing substantially outweighs the less than five dollars a month it would need to build a new Waterloo Career Center, on land the district already owns.

They say not moving forward with the career center would be like taking your hard-earned money and throwing it away.

"We know we have a good plan that will help prepare our students for the future. It will also reduce college cost, and we also know that when our students do better in school, the crime rate goes down. I think 'what a great incentive to really give back to our community, our students, and really the future of this community,'" Yes Committee Co-Chair member, Anesa Kajtazovic said.

According to Des Moines educators, several high school students graduate from Central Campus, and they are classified as a junior in college without spending any money on tuition.

Local voters will decide whether to move forward with the project, by casting their ballots February 2.


 

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