Iowa Central North Central Career Academy Awards Production Welding Certificates

    by Melissa Vorrie
    Posted on 5/23/2016


Iowa Central Community College began offering a Production Welding Certificate at the North Central Career Academy.  The four classes included in the certificate were Beginning Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Blueprint Reading, and Fabrication, Layout, Estimate, & Repair.  The instructor for this class went through the welding program at Iowa Central Community College and is currently working at Hagie Manufacturing.  His knowledge and experience made him an excellent role model for these students. The students who went through this program were very dedicated and hardworking.  Working during the day and going to class at night can become tiring, but these students had the drive to complete the program.  Their motivation and skills will help them excel in the workforce.

The Welding 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 choose to go on for 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 fall classes, please contact Sue Heistand at 515-574-1292.

Production Welding Certificate Students from left to right: James Rowen (Eagle Grove), Michael Schaffer (Clarion), Instructor Tony Pitchford