Iowa Central Works With Northwest Iowa Organizations To Expand Educational Opportunities
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 2/14/2020
Fort Dodge, IA - Recently, Iowa Central Community College held a ribbon-cutting event in Laurens, Iowa, for the opening of their new Northwest Iowa Career Academy. The new training center was made possible through dedicated collaborative efforts between Iowa Central, Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission, public schools, and area businesses. Local Laurens manufacturer, Pengo Corporation, donated several sets of DeWalt tools to the Career Academy for students to use and enhance their learning experience.
This latest educational offering demonstrates the College’s work towards developing programs that provide a clear path for students and adults to explore careers that are in high demand locally and across Iowa. The academy is focusing on integrated manufacturing and welding courses. Currently, there are four students enrolled in the inaugural welding program. Enrollment numbers are expected to grow in the future.
Tools donated by Pengo Corporation will be used for current and future programs at the Career Academy. Aside from the welding certification and integrated manufacturing courses, Iowa Central plans to add industrial machining in the fall of 2020 and continue expanding offerings as business needs in the area grow.
“Pengo Corporation’s very generous donation to the Northwest Iowa Career Academy will have a great impact on the students enrolled here,” says President Dan Kinney of Iowa Central Community College. “We are excited to see this center grow and provide students with critical skills that are in high demand.”
Establishing strong partnerships throughout Iowa Central’s district continues to be a goal for the college. Recently, Iowa Central added a workforce marketing coordinator position. This person serves a dual role between organizations, such as the Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission, and Iowa Central Community College. The goal of this position is to act as a liaison between Iowa Central, Economic Development, and the local businesses to enhance the workforce in the area via this new training center.