Bond Referendum 2023 - Expanding Career and Technical Education

Hawkeye Community College is equipping the next generation to lead, serve, and invest in our community.

On March 7, 2023, residents in the Hawkeye Community College service area were asked to approve a $35 million bond referendum to address our communities workforce needs.

Thank you to the voters of Hawkeye Community College's service area. Hawkeye's bond referendum or renewal passed overwhelmingly with 75.2% approval. The college needed a supermajority of 60% to pass.

Funds from the bond will be used to renovate and expand existing college facilities and are a part of Hawkeye’s master facilities plan, the result of a multi-year development process to identify the facilities needed to best meet student and community needs.

Approval of the bond referendum will not change your property tax rate. The measure continues an existing tax levy used to fund the construction and maintenance of the college’s facilities. The tax levy rate will remain the same, costing the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $1.20 per month.

The Hawkeye Community College Bond Referendum Will Help:

Expand law enforcement training

Increase student access for STEM education

Improve vocational and career training for much needed trade skills

With Funds from this Bond Referendum Hawkeye Plans To:

Renovate and expand an existing building to create a skilled trades and apprenticeship center. Construction, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, automotive and diesel technology programs will now be under one roof, improving efficiency.

Add a STEM Learning center to our facilities, including new, interactive learning technologies such as virtual reality or augmented reality, diversifying student learning opportunities for our middle school and high school students.

Expand law enforcement training programs, including replacing and relocating aging, indoor and outdoor firing ranges in the Law Enforcement Training Center. This will help train new officers and continue training for current officers.

Upgrade aging mechanical, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure in various buildings around campus.

Hawkeye's Service Area

Hawkeye Community College serves Black Hawk County and parts of surrounding counties, including Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette, Floyd, Grundy, and Tama.

Hawkeye Community College district map

Hawkeye Today

Hawkeye serves more than 25,000 individuals a year.

65% percent of the jobs require education and training beyond high school.

92% of graduates stay in Iowa. 92% of students are from our service area.

Hawkeye's economic impact is $444.5 million or 6343 jobs.

$4.8 million saved by families of high school students through concurrent enrollment.

Data Sources

  • 2019-2020 EMSI data
  • 2020-2021 College data
  • Georgetown Public Policy

2023 Bond Handout [pdf]

Creating Partnerships with the Waterloo Police Department

Hawkeye partners with businesses and organizations throughout the Cedar Valley and beyond to build workforces and create opportunity for our community members. Check out how Hawkeye has formed a great partnership with the Waterloo Police Office.

Contact Information

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Executive Director

Mary Pat Moore
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