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Students, educators sound off about daycare needs at WITCC


Making the grade isn't all Western Iowa Tech Community College Student Thomas Becker worries about.

"Going to school with a toddler is interesting. I usually have him in the afternoons. So, right now I'm doing mostly online classes, so I'm able to watch him in the afternoon. But, if I was coming to school full time, I wouldn't be able to spend as much time with my son as I'd like to," Becker said.

Becker said his 2-year-old son, Jagger, is constantly on his mind, and educators said they see a lot of students juggling their family and school.

"I think a lot of times the perception is an abundance of single parents, but we also have two parent households that are also struggling in order for the parents to obtain their community college education and still take care of their children," WITCC Instructor Helen Lewis said.

The responsibilities don't end when student parents leave the classroom. They're constantly doing errands for their children and going back and forth from daycare.

That's why the school will be taking a survey, to figure out if there is a need for a daycare on campus. Some students said it's a great idea.

"I'd like to see a daycare facility here on campus for students with children. It'd make it a lot easier for me to actually pick up my son. I mean on lunch breaks, maybe I could play with him for a little bit before I go to class, at least see him more often throughout the day," Becker said.

"I had to put off college right away because I had to stay at home and at the time, my husband was in school and working full time. It would have been easier. I could have actually brought them and went to school a lot earlier," WITCC Student Paula Semple said.

Semple has been going to WITCC for about 2 and a half years. Her kids are 13 and 15 now. And, she said getting back in to the swing of things after taking care of her children didn't come too easy.

"Now, they'll be talking about something and say, 'you should have just learned this in high school,' and I'm like, 'that was a long time ago,'" Semple said.

She hopes for the sake of her classmates, the survey sheds light on the need for a daycare.

School leaders said the last time they offered daycare services on campus was about 15 years ago and it wasn't profitable at the time.

But, with further analysis, they may find things have changed.

They expect the survey to go out some time within the coming months.

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