Graduate Profile – Dan Sisler Gas Utility Graduate’s Skills are in Demand

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Dan Sisler’s career is taking off in less than a year after he graduated from the Gas Utility Construction and Service program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).

The May 2013 graduate is employed at Infrasource in a position that opened up
when Sisler called his former instructor to help him with his employment search.

“I was having some trouble getting my foot in the door after graduation, and I called Bob (Waechter, Gas Utility Construction and Service instructor). He made a couple of phone calls, and I was hired right away,” Sisler said.

The program at NICC made the difference in his employability. “I loved the one-year program and all the hands-on experience. Bob is a great instructor with a great attitude – never a dull moment in his class,” Sisler said. “Even the test plot on campus, where we get to use heavy equipment and backhoes, prepares students for everything we do in the field.”

After working as a laborer in Des Moines for Infrasource, the alumnus is now working for the company in his hometown of Dubuque. In March, he passed examinations to earn his fuser certification, which is a federal mandate that gas line employees need to complete to join the heavy plastic pipes that deliver natural gas.

As an NICC student, Sisler immersed himself in campus life through the student leadership group, iMPACT, and served as vice president of activities and president of the organization.
His wife, Tara, is an NICC Associate Degree Nursing graduate who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree at Upper Iowa University.

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