NCC Receives $50,000 2022 Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund Grant

Northwest Iowa Community College has received a $50,000 2022 Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund Grant from the State of Iowa. NCC will be creating an industry recognized non-credit certificate program in Industrial Maintenance. The grant funds will specifically support the purchase of needed equipment for the training program.

This new industry recognized non-credit certificate program in Industrial Maintenance will focus on skills needed in both electrical and mechanical fields. The 200-hour training program will train industrial maintenance technicians to maintain, repair, and replace electrical and mechanical systems key to manufacturing processes. covers shop math, measurement, blueprint reading, tools, electrical safety variable frequency drives, programmable logic controllers, troubleshooting techniques, maintenance of bearings, motors, process controls, hydraulics/pneumatics, pumps and valves, and lubrication of equipment.

The goal is twofold, help those that are unemployed or underemployed begin a career in an in-demand field. Secondly, NCC will help to fill job openings that are vital to the success of our area business partners. By completing this program, which was created with company feedback during the curriculum design stage, participants will be able to immediately enter into employment with NCC business partners.

NCC has partnered with area manufacturers, food processors, and bio-industries to create a training certificate program that will provide a broad skill set that is acceptable for new entry level hires within their organizations. Company feedback during roundtable events have ensured the curriculum and training equipment needed is appropriate.

Upon successful completion, participants will have an NCC Industrial Maintenance non-credit certificate that is locally recognized along with industry recognized credentials from National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) and Amatrol training systems. There will be NC3 or Amatrol certification showing participants competency in each subject area of the program.

Finally, this training program is being created to allow business partners to develop apprenticeship opportunities. The curriculum can be used to also serve as the Related Technical Instruction component for an Iowa Workforce and Development registered apprenticeship.

Jason Anderson, NCC Director of Workforce and Economic Development said, “Northwest Iowa businesses and NCC are beginning to come together to address the statewide Industry 4.0 initiatives. Many of the skills learned within the Industrial Maintenance program can serve as foundational knowledge for automation and operational technology training needs that local companies currently have. The equipment purchased with the help of this grant will allow for more training programs to be created quickly to meet area needs.”

“NCC is addressing a pressing industry need,” said Dr. John Hartog, NCC President. “By involving our local industry partners in the development of this non-credit training, we are providing solutions to real and persistent workforce shortages in our area.  Manufacturers, food processers, and other plants desperately need skilled industrial maintenance technicians, and NCC wants to help. This training initiative will allow individuals who are currently in a lower paying job and who have no means to attend a for-credit program to enhance their job opportunities in a shorter amount of time. We are also confident that these non-credit training opportunities will enhance our existing, for-credit applied technology programs.”

The Industrial Maintenance Training certificate program is planned to start the summer of 2022. To find out more about the program, both individuals looking to register and industry leaders wanting specific employee training, please call Jason Anderson at 712-324-5061 ext. 194 or email at janderson@nwicc.edu.