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Industrial Maintenance Program Awards Certificates to Storm Lake Students

    by Melissa Jensen
    Posted on 1/5/2015

Iowa Central Community College awarded seven students Industrial Maintenance Certificates on Tuesday, December 30th.   Students in the course had several opportunities to learn hands-on work experience, which will be valuable in the ever changing maintenance field.  Throughout the term, several companies visited the class to talk about the skill sets and daily activity used in their facility.  Tours of several plants in Laurens were also given to the students.  During the experience, students were able to see first-hand the environment of each company and how the plant operated.  Toward the end of the course, each individual started to think outside the box on where they wanted this certificate to lead them.  From staying in the same company to moving cross country, each of them started realizing the opportunities that were available. 

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.

Iowa Central Community College will be holding another Industrial Maintenance certificate program in Storm Lake starting in February.  Enrollment is open now for the spring semester in Storm Lake.  For more information, contact TAACCCT Project Manager Lindsay Henderson at (515)574-1973, or email

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