Falls City Regional Learning Center

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Falls City Regional Learning Center Site Announced

(Falls City, Nebraska – December 21, 2016) Falls City EDGE is pleased to announce that a location has been chosen for the construction of the Falls City Regional Learning Center. Falls City EDGE worked diligently with Southeast Community College (SCC) for more than a year to get to this exciting announcement and after much due diligence in evaluating multiple sites and buildings we have found a great site suitable to meet the training needs of our region. The SCC Board of Governors approved the purchase agreement with Armbruster Motor Company on December 20th on a 7.91 acre tract located adjacent to the Falls City Aquatic Center. Mayor Jerry Oliver and EDGE Executive Director, Beckie Cromer attended the meeting and thanked the Board for their commitment to the region and offered a continued partnership as we move to the next phase of the planning process. In the coming months, Falls City EDGE will work with SCC and their architects at Clarke Enersen on a design build that meets the needs of our workforce. We anticipate working together to create the partnerships necessary to make this plan a reality by identifying funding partners, scheduling completion dates for engineering, architectural design, utility installation, site preparation, construction, staffing and the beginning of operations in the new facility.

The Learning Center will serve the training needs of this region for generations to come by providing coursework in the areas of manufacturing, healthcare and education. EDGE Tri State Labor Committee Chairman, Charlie Radatz, noted, “We will no longer need to travel 70, 90, and 120 miles to SCC campuses to learn the skills required for today’s job opportunities. This Learning Center will be a great addition to Southeast Community College and helps to fulfill its mission to meet the workforce training needs of those seeking employment and of the employers seeking workers with the skills required by the various industries within the region.”

Special thanks to the team members who have worked so hard on this project including the SCC Site Team, led by Bob Morgan, Dean of Virtual Learning/Beatrice Campus Director and the EDGE Tri State Labor Committee, Charlie Radatz, Ryan Larsen, Tim Heckenlively, Valerie Buckminster, Ruben Koopman, Katie Youngquist, Mayor Jerry Oliver, Doris Erickson and Beckie Cromer. We also offer our sincere gratitude for the support of Dr. Paul Illich, SCC President and our Board of Governor’s representatives Kathy Boellstorff and Donald Reiman. This was a team effort and all involved gave generously of their time and energy to get to this point and we are all excited to move into the next
phase of the planning process.

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