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Welders Ready for the Workforce

    by Melissa Vorrie
    Posted on 1/5/2016

Iowa Central Community College has created multiple short term Production Welding certificate classes for those interested in up-skilling and searching for a new path. Whether it’s helping those in the Storm Lake or surrounding areas, Iowa Central’s staff is ready to help those who are hungry for a new career. From resumes, mock interviews, speed interviews, and much more, the team does as much as possible to help a person accomplish their goal.

This group of students had great energy and commitment levels. Two of the students traveled over an hour to class each day, while the other worked night shift. Weather, little sleep, or other barriers didn’t stop them from being absent. Each of the graduates put in extra time after class to make sure the material was being understood. The dedication of these three students demonstrates to others that if there is a will, there is a way.

Since the summer of 2014, Iowa Central Community College has implemented certificate classes each semester 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.

Iowa Central Community College will be holding Production Welding and Industrial Maintenance certificate programs in Storm Lake starting February 29th and March 1st. Registration is available at the Goodwill Connection Center in Storm Lake every Thursday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. For more information, contact

Picture Left to Right: Instructor Nate Leidahl, Kevin Liu (Storm Lake), Nelson Salazar (Denison), Jason Malone (Ricketts)