The Jones Regional Education Center is conveniently located just northeast of the Highway 151 and County Road X-44 intersection, on the south side of Monticello.
The Jones County Regional Center occupies eight acres along Highway 151 in Monticello, strategically located near the midpoint between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. At approximately 30,000 square feet, the center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, career and technical labs for academic programs, and administrative offices.
Today’s global economy has forced significant changes in the way we deliver education. Nearly 70 percent of all new jobs will require some form of training beyond high school. Secondary and post-secondary institutions need to work together, now more than ever, to ensure seamless college and career transitions for our students. Because of this and other factors affecting rural education, the time has come to look at inventive ways to support our rural high schools, and in the end, maintain a viable, educated workforce, as well as the quality of life in eastern Iowa.
The Jones County Regional Center provides a means for area high school juniors and seniors to take advantage of college-level courses, Career Academy programs, advanced high school curriculum and a wealth of other educational possibilities.A poll of recent Kirkwood graduates showed 86 percent still lived in our seven-county area. An investment in their educational needs is an investment in the future vitality of our local communities.