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The Founding of SCC, Keokuk & West Burlington campuses

In the spring of 1965, the General Assembly of Iowa provided for the establishment of area community colleges and vocational-technical schools, with the southeastern part of Iowa designated Merged Area XVI. Within this 3 1/2 county area, two public post-high school educational institutions existed: Burlington Junior College, founded in 1920, and Keokuk Community College, established in 1953. Both institutions were operated by local community school districts until July 1, 1967, at which time they became the North Campus (in West Burlington) and South Campus (in Keokuk) of Southeastern Community College. Click here for a slideshow summary of SCC's history. For details, read SCC's chapter in the 2015 published book, Iowa's Community Colleges, A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishments.

Mount Pleasant Center

In May 2000, SCC purchased the building at 127 North Main Street in Mount Pleasant for use as an SCC Center. After major renovation and new construction, the facility now provides five classrooms and three offices. The center renovation was paid for with ACE funds made possible through an educational agreement with the Mount Pleasant-based Heatilator Company. In February 2005, the Board of Trustees approved the trade of the Mt. Pleasant Center building to the City of Mt. Pleasant for its Public Library building located at 200 North Main Street. Renovations were required to convert the library into an education facility. The new location provides double the square footage and lower utility costs than SCC's previous facility. The completed facility was ready for classes in October 2005.

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