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(SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb.) - The public is invited to watch officials of Northeast Community College and Wayne State College break ground for a history-making facility in South Sioux City in July.


Groundbreaking for the College Center of South Sioux City is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, at 9 a.m. at the site located along Highway 77 and across from the Wal-Mart Super Center. The site is a 57-acre parcel of land donated to Northeast by the South Sioux City Community Development Agency.


Parking will be available at the Wal-Mart parking lot adjacent to the building site.


The College Center of South Sioux City will partner Northeast Community College and Wayne State College in the same building. Northeast and Wayne State will offer additional opportunities for students to earn associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees without having to relocate, a combination of customized training for businesses and industry, continuing education, licensing programs, and career and technical training.


Construction on the approximately 39,600-square-foot facility should substantially be completed in December 2010. A capital campaign is in progress to raise monies for the facility. To date, more than $11.5 million of the total $12 million project cost has been funded through the contributions of the two colleges, private donations, foundations, and federal funds.


Former State Senator Pat Engel is honorary chairperson for the capital campaign. Bart Gotch, president of Siouxland National Bank, co-chairs the campaign with Eric Bertness, CEO of Phillips Kiln Services, Inc.


Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman will be a special guest at the event.


For more information about the project, contact Pam Miller at (402)241-6405 or Phyllis Conner at (402)375-7510.


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