North Iowa Vocational Center employee Aaron Sundee rings up a coffee at his job at Java Works, located inside the Mason City Public Library commons.

Lisa Grouette

For decades, two North Iowa organizations have worked together to connect hundreds of people with disabilities to job and housing opportunities in their communities.

But in the decades to come, they will do so as one.

“We are excited and optimistic for our future together and most importantly for the people we serve,” said Sherry Becker, executive director of the organizations.

On Jan. 1, North Iowa Vocational Center Inc., or NIVC Services, and North Iowa Transition Center, or NITC, will officially merge and become 43 North Iowa after months of discussion between their governing boards to determine the best path forward for the organizations and their clients.

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