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 will be asked to approve a $35 million bond referendum to address our communities workforce needs.

Funds from the bond would 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 would continue an existing tax levy used to fund the construction and maintenance of the college’s facilities. With approval, 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 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]

Vote on Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Registered voters living in the following school districts can vote on March 7, 2023: Allison-Bristow, Aplington-Parkserburg, Cedar Falls, Clarksville, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Grundy Center, Hudson, Independence, Janesville, Jesup, Nashua-Plainfield, North Tama County, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Tripoli, Union, Wapsie Valley, Waterloo, and Waverly Shell Rock.

To vote in Iowa, you must be registered to vote.

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot to be sent to them by mail. The County Auditor’s Office must receive absentee ballot requests to vote by mail by 5:00pm on Monday, February 20, 2023. Absentee ballots returned by mail to the Election Office must be received (not postmarked) by 8:00pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2022, in order to be counted. Find your County Auditor.

College students may choose to register to vote at their home address or at their college address. See College Student Voters for more information.

Contact Information

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Executive Director

Mary Pat Moore
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