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Storm Lake Students Complete Welding Certificate

    by Melissa Vorrie
    Posted on 8/13/2015

For over a year, Iowa Central Community College has been holding short term welding certificate programs.  Recently, the college has completed another successful program.  With six students completing the orientation process and making it through the program, they are now ready to head into the workforce.  Many of the students were employed while taking classes and have learned excellent time management skills.  They have also gained the confidence of handling multiple responsibilities at once.  Welding is an ever-changing field, but these adults have learned the basic skills and are excited to expand their knowledge.   

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 a production welding certificate program and industrial maintenance certificate program in Storm Lake starting October 26, 2015. Registration is available at the Iowa Central Campus in Storm Lake September 21-22, 10:00 am-3:00 pm.  For more information, contact TAACCCT Project Manager Lindsay Henderson at (515)574-1973, or email henderson_l@iowacentral.edu.

Picture Left to Right: Daniel Flores (Storm Lake), Stephanie Santellanez (Sioux Rapids), William Krause (Storm Lake), Instructor Nate Leidahl, Eriberto Flores (Storm Lake), Sebit Othow (Storm Lake) Not Pictured: Daniel Ledesma (Storm Lake)