Industrial Maintenance Certificates Awarded in Storm Lake

    by Melissa Vorrie
    Posted on 3/8/2016


Throughout the last few months, the above five students worked extremely hard to earn their Industrial Maintenance certificates. While enrolled in the four core classes that made up the certificate, Mechanical Processes, Precision Measurements, Blueprint Reading, and Pneumatics & Hydraulics, the students had the opportunity to also learn some skills in electrical, plumbing, and welding.  The class was also able to tour VT Industries in Holstein.  The tour allowed the students to see how quickly a plant operates and the importance of keeping the machines up and running. After completion of the class, some students were employed in the workforce, while others enrolled in more courses to continue their education at the college.  The certificate classes have given people the opportunity to grow in ways they didn’t think were possible.

Iowa Central Community College has implemented and successfully completed several certificate classes at the Storm Lake campus.  These certificate programs are made possible by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.  The programs are offered as non-credit but are given advance standing to be translated to credit should the student decide to go on and get the full diploma.  The classes included are those considered by Iowa Central’s advisory board to be crucial for entry level job placement.  Therefore, these certificates open up two possible pathways for students to pursue.  They can either add them to their resume to seek immediate employment, or turn them into credit, giving them a head start on earning a diploma.

For more information on possible summer or fall classes, please contact Sue Heistand at 515-574-1292 or Dan Anderson at 712-732-2991.

 Picture from left to right: Jason Evans (instructor), Sergio Carbajal (Schaller), Jose Bravo (Fonda), Ryan Pixler (Laurens), Santiago Martinez (Storm Lake), and Reed Cham (Storm Lake)