Flickinger Learning Center’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for learners of all ages, races, beliefs and abilities for stronger individuals and a healthier community.
The Flickinger Learning Center opened it’s doors in the fall of 2003 as a safe place for after school activities and academic assistance to those looking to complete the GED program at Muscatine Community College.
In 2005, another classroom was added. In subsequent years, future remodeling has given way to a multipurpose room, a small kitchen, a state of the art computer lab, and a complete renovation of the lower level.
Hands-on labor through the participation of Leadership Muscatine enabled improvements in heating, air conditioning, new lighting, and a city code approved sprinkler system to enable use of the lower level.
Dedicated funding from The United Way of Muscatine, Roy J Carver Trust, Muscatine Connected, Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, HNI Corporation and Muscatine Charities enabled the hiring of a professional staff to guide the expansion of the program.
In 2013 we added a second location to accommodate more students. While this center has been discontinued, it gave us the experience needed to successfully expand In 2014, we partnered with our school district to provide on-site after school programming at two additional sites. Support from Muscatine Power and Water and Microsoft Corporation contributed to the computer network upgrade completed over the summer of 2014.
By 2016, we had satellite sites at Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, Madison and McKinley. FLC served over 240 children in Muscatine during the 2016/2017 session!
We are currently in the 2017/2018 session. Due to funding cuts we had to cut the program to four sites that serve 100 total children at one time. In addition to our main site, we still have satellite sites at Madison and McKinley Elementary. We have also partnered with Sunset Park to provide programming at their site as well.
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Kloser, President, Kent Corporation
Jim Cahill, Past President, Allsteel
Jessi Freers, Vice President, MCSD
Tamera Paul, Treasurer, Grain Processing Corporation
Trista Sotelo, Secretary
Amber Hardin, Director, Stanley, Lande, and Hunter
Brandon Garrett, Director, Allsteel
Kim Schneider, Director, MCSD
David Metz, Director, retired V.P of Prospero Equip. Corp.
Karen Mills, Director, Monsanto
Dale Sweere, Director, Stanley Consultants