Certificate Program Student Excels
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 4/10/2015
Victoria Grey has always enjoyed creating things, whether it be cooking, crafts, or since she has been a student at Iowa Central Community College, welding, and computer fabrication. It is the process of creating, the learning through experimentation that excites her the most. Victoria was interested in welding when she was younger, but states that “it was not considered an acceptable occupation for women back then…but times have changed, and now women can be an equal force…” So when it came time to upgrade her skills for the workforce, she knew that welding was the program she wanted to pursue.
Victoria signed up for the Production Welding Certificate program at Iowa Central, which is funded through the TAACCCT grant (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training), and sponsored by Elevate Iowa. She was also eligible for the state of Iowa GAP tuition assistance program, which was able to cover the tuition, materials and textbooks for the non-credit classes.
The weekend before her classes were scheduled to begin Victoria was in a severe car accident which totaled her vehicle, and left her with pain in her shoulder. However, this obstacle was no match for her ambition to succeed, and neither was the round trip drive from Pocahontas to Fort Dodge. Victoria borrowed a vehicle and rides until she was able to get a car of her own again, and in the process very rarely missed a class or an assignment.
Having grown confident from her success so far, and with the encouragement from her five adult children, Victoria decided she was ready to pursue even more education upon completing her certificate in welding. She enrolled in Iowa Central’s Computer Integrated Fabrication Technology A.A.S. program. Since starting, she has made the Dean’s lists every semester, and even the President’s list for the 2014 fall semester. She credits her success to the instructors at Iowa Central who are always willing to go the extra mile to help her learn. Her advice to anyone considering going to college is “…to be persistent, and always be willing to ask for help because you are not alone. The instructors are a great support when they see you are willing put in the hard work to achieve your goals.”