Letter: Vote to support Kirkwood Community College

On Sept.12, Kirkwood Community College will have a measure on the ballot to renew a 25-cent/$1,000 valuation bond that was originally approved in 2005. If it passes, your tax rate will remain the same, however the benefits to the entire community will be immeasurable.

Kirkwood is a unique asset in the Corridor and its value is significant. Investing in the college’s continued success is vital to our community. That sentiment is echoed by our community, education, and business leaders. But perhaps the most important supporters of Kirkwood are the nearly 20,000 students that attend annually, they sit at the heart of this bond approval.

The measure would boost the No. 1 two-year agriculture sciences program in the nation as well as the college’s animal health and automotive technology programs through renovations and new construction. The Iowa City campus would add a much needed additional 24,000 square feet to aid with workforce development programs. Finally, the college’s student services and amenities would be improved with a new student center and updates to the existing recreation center.

These changes would enhance important programming, but also enable Kirkwood to continually attract today’s students. Studies show that student success is directly tied to their overall college experience. The renewal means higher retention, higher graduation rates and further return investment in Kirkwood from alumni, returning students, and advocates.

Please join me Sept. 12, as we have the opportunity to place a vote in support of Kirkwood’s continued success in supporting students and our local community.

Anne Parmley

Marion

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