Sen. Moran tours Allen Community College

ACC President Bruce Moses spoke with Sen. Jerry Moran Wednesday about new programs to be offered in the fall, as well as housing challenges.

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February 22, 2024 - 2:20 PM

Sen. Jerry Moran jokes with Allen Community College President Bruce Moses that he “may represent more community colleges than anybody in the United States Senate.” Photo by Sarah Haney / Iola Register

“I may represent more community colleges than anybody in the United States Senate,” joked Sen. Jerry Moran Wednesday afternoon. The senator took a tour of Allen Community College and visited with staff and board members.

“I want to be helpful to you,” Sen. Moran told ACC President Bruce Moses. “We believe in community colleges and technical education. The future of Iola and the surrounding area has a lot to do with your success here.”

Moran and Moses got right to business.

“Housing is one of our biggest challenges,” said Moses. “We’re looking at some options. A couple of our dorms are pretty dated.” Moses explained that two of the existing dorms were built to withstand a tornado. Because of this, the infrastructure is difficult to renovate. “We’re talking about plumbing inside of concrete walls and things of that nature,” he said. “It’s cheaper to build than to renovate.” He added that they’d like to repurpose the lower level of Horton Hall for academic space.

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