Kirkwood Community College, the University of Iowa, regional K-12 school districts, Grant Wood AEA, along with industry partners, have strategically aligned to form a unique partnership. This partnership connects resources across the educational spectrum and beyond, to create a viable, educated workforce to sustain the competitive advantage and quality of life in the region. A center and partnership like this exist nowhere in the country. Academy and college courses are offered to area high school students while accelerated and continuing education courses are offered to adults throughout the year. This facility can also be used as an exciting new meeting area for local business and non profit organizations on a fee basis.