Beef Science Technology
The beef industry holds a dominant position in the world of food production, and this sector of agriculture is becoming increasingly technical and diversified. Beef production today requires managers who understand financial decision-making, and this program provides you with the economics and business background needed in agriculture production. Advanced classes include an internship, hands-on lab experiences with a beef cattle herd on campus, reproduction and genetics, and ration balancing and feeding.
“The Beef Science program offers you a great experience to get away from home, see new things and meet new people. At some point, classroom learning can only take me so far; the program offered many hands-on lessons with Dr. Harvey and trips off campus with my instructor, Nate Gebel.”
– Jacob Schafbuch, 2014 Beef Science graduate
The Dairy Science program is nationally-recognized for its academic rigor and excellence, experiential and hands-on learning approaches, and classroom instruction that teaches both theory and applied concepts to prepare you for a professional career. Lab work with a 300-head herd located at the Iowa’s Dairy Center offers training with a Lely robotic milking system, parallel and herringbone milking parlors, a freestall barn and a calf barn. As a graduate, you may transfer to a four-year institution or modernize your own dairy operation.
Large Animal Veterinary Technician
Vet Tech Colleges named this program to the national top ten list in 2014! As a student in this two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program, you learn large animal medicine and all aspects of veterinary technician medicine. Faculty members in the program include three veterinarians and one certified veterinary technician with decades of experience.
A dairy and beef cattle herd offers hands-on learning, and a necropsy lab and veterinary clinic near campus provide educational experiences that enhance your employment marketability.
In a world where many drivers couldn’t tell the difference between an oil filter and a transmission, talented mechanics will always be in demand. If you possess mechanical skills and are willing to learn the many technologies involved in automotive diagnostics and repair, this one-year diploma program will prepare you for the workforce and offer you many opportunities for career advancement.
Cars and trucks in the U.S. are not the simple, put-it-in-gear-and-drive vehicles they used to be, and advanced technologies continue to revolutionize the automotive industry. This two-year Associate of Applied Science program at the Calmar campus teaches you foundation-level automotive mechanics skills and new technologies involved in diagnostics and repair. Many technological advances in this field continue to emerge that are designed to improve exhaust emissions, engine performance, fuel consumption and drivability, and if you possess strong skills in these areas, employers want you.
Commercial Driver’s License
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The Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) career pathway certificate teaches you the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle for any industry. In fact, earning a CDL is required for many transportation careers, not just the big rigs. A combination of classroom, online, practice range and road time prepares you to perform vehicle inspection, basic control of the vehicle, backing up, defensive driving and hazard awareness.
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A new home construction boom often accompanies a rebounding economy and, along with it, the demand for skilled carpenters. This program provides you with an excellent educational and career pathway in the carpentry field! Additional certificate programs integrated into the curriculum, including cabinet making and flooring, offer hands-on opportunities to enhance your skills. In the program, you will work with peers under faculty supervision to construct a local residence, from foundation to interior finishing.
“I really enjoyed the Carpentry program at NICC. If you pick a program and career that is what you love to do, paying the student loans won’t be a stress in your life; and building a house as part of my NICC program was the greatest experience of my life.”
– Rahkee Norman, 2014 Carpentry graduate
Business Management transfer student, University of Dubuque
Large-scale construction projects require crew supervisors with management talent. As a student in this Associate of Applied Science program, you will have earned credits from the Carpentry diploma program and may now enroll in more advanced and specialized coursework. Graduates are qualified for commercial carpentry, entry-level construction management or trainee supervisor positions in the construction and materials supply industry. The program is a great start into construction technology management degree programs or commercial construction projects.
Gas Utility Construction and Service
In the next several years, hundreds of skilled employees in the region’s natural gas industry will enjoy retirement. This is exciting news for students in this diploma and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program – skilled employees will be desperately needed. As part of your training, you learn to install gas line infrastructure in a test plot at the Peosta campus using heavy equipment, such as backhoes, trenchers and bulldozers. Coursework also covers pipeline safety and integrity, metallurgy, electronic controls and Operator Qualification.
Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Cold winters and blazing hot summers are a fact of life in Iowa, and HVAC professionals are always in demand. In only three semesters, you learn how to install heating and air conditioning systems that support infrastructure, both in residential homes and commercial facilities. Coursework in heating, furnaces, electricity and sheet metal fabrication train you for entry-level HVAC employment, and more advanced courses in the program teach air conditioning principles, air distribution, heat pumps, and air purification and humidity.