Career Pathway Certificate Student Plans Brighter Future

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For a young person, a career in restaurant management is a way to pay the bills and work with good people, but the employment outlook tends to be more short-term, low on advancement opportunities and not family-sustaining.

Jeremy Hirsch

Jeremy Hirsch

Jeremy Hirsch, a restaurant manager with more than 12 years of experience in the Dubuque area, assessed his employment outlook in 2014 and realized, as a single parent, he wanted something more for himself and his 10-year-old daughter, Jaylynn. This prompted his enrollment at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to earn additional credentials and training to make a career change.

“With the Welding career pathway certificate program at NICC, I am doing something I’ve always wanted to do; I have always been interested in welding and building things,” Hirsch said.

Hirsch’s Welding program concludes in April 2015, and he plans to enroll in the Mechatronics Specialist career pathway certificate program in June, a one-year program in industrial automation, maintenance, robotics and advanced equipment. The program prepares students for the workforce or enrollment in the College’s two-year Associate of Applied Science-Industrial Maintenance Technician program.

“The second I walked through the door of the Town Clock Business Center to enroll in the career pathway certificate program at NICC, everyone was so great and helpful. In five years, I think I will be looking at this as the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m going to college to do what I enjoy doing,” Hirsch added.

Want to embark on a completely different career? Learn more about advanced manufacturing career pathway certificate programs in Welding (GMAW), Welding (Basic), Certified Production Technician, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator and Mechatronics Specialist, as well as programs in healthcare, information technology and transportation, at www.nicc.edu/jobswithafuture.

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