Bob Brabender, director of housing at the college, noted that better tuition rates encourage students to spend time at community colleges before transferring to four-year colleges - something that's been happening for years.
contended that the college's apartment-style residences are also luring students to stay on campus.In turn, the spiraling number of on-campus students has sparked the college to consider building as many as three new residence halls for next year, adding to the 12 apartment-style buildings that already exist.
A larger residence hall with much smaller rooms holds 172 of the students, according to Brabender
.That residence hall also lacks the private bathrooms, cable and Internet connections that come in the other buildings.
Eight of the 12 apartment-style buildings were constructed by Iowa Central carpentry students.
For the college, growth in the on-campus student population has sparked an expansion of resources.Brabender
pointed to a new wing in the student union's cafeteria - heavily used, he
said, by on-campus students - and he
said the college added two part-time housing staff members this year.