A vibrant college can buoy a small town (Column)



September 23, 2016 - 12:00 AM

In 1966, Iola High School was stuffed to the gills because almost half of its 868 students were enrolled at Allen County Community Junior College.

Classes were more than just crowded. As many as 80 Juco students were enrolled in a single psychology class that was held in the school cafeteria. Not only were there not enough classrooms, but in 50 years’ time they also had become outdated to meet the changing needs of education.

Necessary resources were too few. The student-teacher ratio was above the recommended level simply because, again, not enough classrooms were available to accommodate the students. 

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