In an effort to meet the continued needs of individuals seeking an education in our region, Iowa Central Community College has been developing different distance-education offerings for those individuals who are looking to gain skills and/or a college degree while still maintaining their personal commitments and responsibilities such as work, family and friends. Designed to suit the lifestyle of today's working adult, Iowa Central offers three primary academic programs that can be taken outside of the regular classroom day, but still be taken in a face-to-face manner, working directly with an instructor in a classroom setting. Most programs will take a minimum of two nights a week, but it will take a little longer to complete the degree on a part-time schedule.
Numbers at Night
Numbers at Night is a program offering that has been in existence for a number of years. This program leads to an Associate of Professional Studies degree in accounting. All accounting courses are offered in a face-to-face classroom via night delivery on Monday and/or Thursday evenings. The remainder of the courses, mainly the general education component of the program, is available via FlexNet, online, or night delivery to allow for flexibility for students' learning preferences and time commitments. Students will follow a prescribed sequence of accounting courses that will enable them to complete all requirements for graduation from the program. This program does require an internship completed at the end of the course sequence that allows students to gain work experience.
The Accounting Associate degree also has the direct benefit of transferability into a bachelor's degree for those who might be seeking further educational opportunities upon graduation from Iowa Central. Articulation agreements exist with numerous four-year institutions, including Buena Vista University, which has a satellite campus on the Iowa Central Fort Dodge campus. Potential job opportunities that exist for graduates of the Accounting Associate program include accounting assistant, accounting associate, accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, billing specialist, bookkeeper, collections specialist, inventory clerk, payroll clerk and purchasing clerk.
For more information or to view course requirements of the Numbers at Night Accounting Associate program, please contact Brittany Bush, Business Department associate at 574-1286 or visit our website at: www.iowacentral.edu/business/accounting/numbers-at-night.asp.
Iowa Central also offers our Welding Technology diploma program at night. This vocational program is designed to teach the fundamental techniques and principles of welding. The program also provides for an overview of related topics such as metallurgy and fabrication, layout, estimating and repair. The first half of the program is devoted to learning and practicing basic welding techniques. The second semester provides students an opportunity to develop additional welding skills and learn advanced techniques. Upon successful completion of the Welding Technology program, students will be awarded a diploma in Welding Technology. The program requires two nights a week, normally on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and will normally take a student five academic terms, including a summer, to complete the program. All courses in this program are offered at night and are not available via any other distance learning offering due to the high level of hands-on.
For more information or to view course requirements of the Welding Technology program, please contact Phyllis Minnihan, Industrial Technology Department associate at 574-1903 or visit our website at: www.iowacentral.edu/industrial-technology/welding-technology/index.asp.
The third vocational program that is offered via our night offerings is our Industrial Mechanics diploma program. The Industrial Mechanics program provides training essential for entry-level positions as a machine repairer, building and plant maintenance technician. The program will provide basic skills in welding, fabrication, pneumatics and hydraulics, blueprint reading, lean manufacturing and preventive and predictive maintenance. Students will utilize hands-on training to install, maintain, and troubleshoot the equipment currently utilized by today's industries. Upon completion of the program, the graduates will be awarded a diploma in Industrial Mechanics. Similar to the Welding Technology program, the Industrial Mechanics program also requires two nights a week, normally Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and will take a student five academic terms, including a summer, to complete the program. All courses in these vocational programs, Welding Technology and Industrial Mechanics, are offered at night, and are not available via any other distance learning offering due to the high level of hands-on learning.
For more information or to view course requirements of the Industrial Mechanics program, please contact Phyllis Minnihan, Industrial Technology Department associate at 574-1903 or visit our website at: www.iowacentral.edu/industrial-technology/industrial-mechanics/index.asp.
For individuals that are looking for a quicker way to accumulate a set of skills, the Welding Technology and the Industrial Mechanics programs also offers fast track certificate programs that normally take one semester, or 15 weeks to complete. These certificate programs are called Production Welding and Industrial Maintenance certificates.
The Production Welding and Industrial Maintenance certificates are non-credit programs, providing students an easier transition into career opportunities within the community or a beginning pathway into Iowa Central's credited diploma programs. The Production Welding certificate will articulate into the credit one-year Welding Technology diploma, and the Industrial Maintenance will articulate into the one year Industrial Mechanics diploma. Students that start in the non-credit certificate program can easily continue on and work towards the corresponding credit diploma program without losing any previous completed coursework. The classes included are carefully selected from Iowa Central's diploma programs in order to quickly achieve the skills that industry deems crucial for entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing in our region. Classes will include lecture and lab, with a majority of the program being hands-on, customized job training in our state-of-the-art facilities.
For more information or to view course requirements of the Production Welding or Industrial Maintenance certificate program, please contact either Tim Heller, TAACCCT project manager at 574-1972, Lindsay Murray, TAACCCT case manager, at 574-1973 or visit our website at: www.iowacentral.edu/TAA/index.asp.
Because these two programs are non-credit, students may be eligible to receive GAP Tuition Assistance based on financial need. For more information about eligibility contact: Sue Heistand, Business Department Non-Credit coordinator at 574-1292.
Iowa Central also offers a wide variety of courses you can complete via Online/FlexNet. Nearly 90 different courses are offered via these formats and from the convenience of your own home. The college also offers fully online programs in an Associate of Arts degree, Criminal Justice, Computer Networking Technology, Health Care Administration, Human Services and Logistics and Transportation Management. If live classes with an instructor is what you are looking for, the college also offers courses through our Triton Network room through the high-definition and interactive telecommunications classrooms to Fort Dodge, Storm Lake and Webster City. For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact the Distance Learning office at 574-1098.
Fall classes start Aug. 26 and enrollment is happening right now. Contact our enrollment staff today if you are interested in signing up for classes or are looking for more information on any of our programs.
Neale Adams is dean of the Business Department at Iowa Central Community College.