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Groundbreaking for new adult learning center coming to Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A new place to learn.

Hawkeye Community College is getting ready to build a new adult learning center. 

The center will be located at the 100 block of Jefferson Street. 

The 8 million dollar center will be three stories high and 45 thousand square feet. 

Inside, it will have everything from English classes to career training programs.

It will also have a childcare center. 

Current Hawkeye student Jonas Ndeke knows how important these programs are.

He and his wife moved here from the Democratic Republic of Congo about a year ago. 

He couldn't speak English.

"It was been a real change that Hawkeye Metro Center brought to my life. Before when I went to stores, hospitals, or anywhere,  it was real difficult for me to talk to people," Ndeke says. 

Yesterday, people got a sneak peek of what the new building will look like at a groundbreaking event. 

Community College President Linda Allen says this was a dream come true. 

She says this has been an 8 year project of hers. The adult learning center is expected to be completed by spring of 2018. 

Currently, Hawkeye's adult learning program teaches around 2,000 students.

With this new building, they'll be able to double that.

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