Career Pathway Certificate option offers advancement for student
Miranda Reinhardt is grateful she bought a copy of the Manchester Press newspaper one day in November 2013, and she didn’t need to be an avid reader to get the message.
“There was an ad for a welding certificate program through Northeast Iowa Community College right on the front page,” Reinhardt recalled. “I immediately called Deb Kintzle (director) at the Manchester Center to find out more about the program – and it was free training.”
A resident of rural Greeley, Reinhardt was clocking in 60 hours of blistering work in a factory environment at the time with no opportunities for advancement, and her phone call created life-changing opportunities within months.
Last March, Reinhardt graduated from the Career Pathway Certificate (CPC) program in Welding after completing a combined 160 hours in classroom study and hands-on work in a lab at West Delaware High School. Reinhardt’s training qualified her for full-time robotic welding work at Paladin in Delhi.
“Working at Paladin is great. I’ve never worked with so many wonderful people. When I started the training with NICC, I had never touched a welding torch in my entire life. Now this is what I do every day,” she laughed. “The NICC program gets you ready for the job search, too, and Deb Kintzle is great – she helped me build my résumé.”
CPC programs through NICC Business and Community Solutions offer unemployed and underemployed community members great opportunities to advance their careers and personal goals. For more information, visit