Learn. Grow. Advance…with Business and Community Solutions!

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To keep your résumé fresh and advance in your career, take advantage of the many Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions classes we offer to learn, grow and advance.

NICC continues to offer its popular career pathway certificates in computer numerical control (CNC) and welding through the award-winning Opportunity Dubuque initiative and has expanded this successful program model to Cresco, Manchester and Oelwein. New opportunities are continually developed by the College for community members to gain certification in diverse fields and obtain the entry-, middle- and advanced-level employment skills they need to advance their careers locally.

Skill Up provides middle- and advanced-level IT training for individuals to gain the skills they need to advance and for employers to maintain a well-qualified workforce.

Business and Community Solutions has also expanded programs in Dubuque to include Certified Production Technician, Mechatronics Specialist and several in Information Technology (IT) that were developed and offered as part of a federally-funded IT grant program, Skill Up. These offerings help employers gain  the skilled workers they need to keep their businesses profitable and competitive.

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program offers a great opportunity for community members who want to earn manufacturing skill certification, improve their job skills and increase their marketability as employees. Certification is awarded through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council after students complete training in the four modules of safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

Students in the CPT program train to become high quality production technicians for manufacturers in northeast Iowa who need skilled workers. Certificate graduates may qualify for skilled positions as machinists, assemblers, fabrication technicians, production managers and more.

The Mechatronics Specialist certificate program offers community members 192 classroom hours, 400 hours of on-the-job training and 344 hours of specialized training in hydraulics, pneumatics, industrial pumps, motor control circuits, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and robotics.

What do these high-skill, in-demand employees do? Mechatronics specialists build, install, support, upgrade and maintain automated equipment and machines that support manufacturing and supply chain operations. This certification program blends coursework, labs and real-world job site training to prepare students for their careers. Many U.S. military veterans may also apply G.I. Bill funding to support their enrollment in
this program.

If you already have a career foothold in the Information Technology (IT) sector, the Skill Up program through NICC can take your skills to the next level and create technology career pathways for you to advancement. Through a $4.87 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012, NICC and its many educator, employer and workforce partners developed a variety of IT classes in specialized areas, including software training for engineers or systems management software training for employees who seek advancement into computer network administration.

Skill Up provides middle- and advanced-level training for individuals to gain the skills they need to advance and for employers to maintain a well-qualified workforce.

“Grant employer partners also benefit from Skill Up training because it is offered on a customized basis through a streamlined process and is much more affordable than would be the case if individual grant employer partners were to pursue and access it on their own,” said Seth D. Gilbert, J.D., Skill Up grant director.

Almost by definition, IT-focused employees are confronted by  a professional sphere that potentially renders appropriate-for-today competencies and skill sets obsolete with astonishing speed, Gilbert explained.

In addition to these new certification programs, NICC Business and Community Solutions offers a full array of training classes in business, management, information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and
other licensure and recertification for trades professionals.

The Wilder Business Center at the Calmar campus and Town Clock Business Center in Dubuque – along with centers in Cresco, Manchester, Oelwein and Waukon, and a service area in New Hampton – bring high quality, affordable education and training to everyone in the College’s 5,000-square-mile district. To learn more about the many ways you can learn, grow and advance your career through a Business and Community Solutions program, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions.

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