SCC Introduces New Facility With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


SCC Introduces New Facility With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

West Burlington – Southeastern Community College will hold a ribbon cutting and open house for its new John H. Witte, Jr. Hall of Sciences on Thursday, September 27, at 4 p.m. The facility is located on the West Burlington campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Hall of Sciences houses all of SCC’s physical and life science classes and programing on the West Burlington campus. It features state-of-the-art labs for chemistry, physics, and biology, along with student study spaces and faculty offices.

“Our students continue to be our focus as we aim to offer everything we can,” SCC President Dr. Michael Ash stated. “This facility provides the latest technology available to faculty and students so they have the tools to take their educational journey further than they ever could before.”

Ash cites a 2018 report by the Iowa Board of Regents that indicates that SCC students who transfer to regent universities perform better and are more likely to remain at the universities than the average transfer student from other Iowa community colleges.

“Statistics show that our students perform at an outstanding level and are prepared when they advance their education. We have our faculty to thank for that,” Ash says. “Now, with this new facility, they will be even better prepared.”

With that success in mind, Dr. Ash looks forward to further enhancing the student experience as the college guides transfer students toward their next step, as well as ensuring students on the career track are ready for the workforce.

“We kept student learning in mind every step of the way during the development of the Hall of Sciences, and the result is outstanding,” Ash says of the $6.5 million facility. “We’re eager to show the community the quality of education that is available right here in our backyard.”

The Hall of Sciences is connected to the Health Professions Center via a skywalk, thus completing The Lawrence & Marilyn Matteson Family Health & Science Complex. The buildings are part of the Building the Dream initiative, which began in 2014 and includes the new Industrial Technologies Training Center on SCC’s Keokuk campus.

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