Southeastern Community College will need to spend some of its own money to add on to one of its facilities.
The college wants to add some classroom and lab space at the site of its Emergency Response Training Center in Fort Madison. It is located along Ortho Road roughly one mile from Fort Madison Community Hospital.
SCC planned to pay for the construction of a new building with state money. The college is eligible for roughly $700,000 over two fiscal years.
One of the requirements of the ACE funding is that the college must partner with a private business to highlight possible job training.
President Beverly Simone says SCC’s partner for half of its request was to be the Fort Madison Fire Department. She says the college only recently found out that that agency does not qualify.
“We are going to have to basically have to expend the money from the institution’s plant fund to pay for the portion that we will not be able to use any ACE funding for,” says Simone.
Simone says SCC’s partner for the second half of the funding is Lee County EMS. She says the money linked to the Fort Madison Fire Department could be used for another infrastructure project, as long as a new partner and project is found.