Northeast Iowa Community College to launch job training program

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) recently gave the green light to a job training program that is designed to boost local businesses and the area's workforce.

The program, dubbed the Iowa New Jobs Training Program 260E, was developed by the state to help companies that are actively creating new positions. The program's most recent beneficiary is Lawler-based Homeland Energy Solutions LLC, which will let NICC help establish eight new positions.

Wendy Mihm-Herold, vice president for business and community solutions at NICC, said the rollout coincides with a new enrollment system at the school.

“The moment students apply to Northeast Iowa Community College, they will be accepted,” Mihm-Herold said. “Our integrated enrollment services model allows the college to adapt to changing times [and] standardize our processes... We examine every opportunity to engage students and understand their career goals from recruitment, enrollment, retention, completion and placement into employment.” 

Mihm-Herold said just over 40 percent of the college's projects serve firms with fewer than 50 employees. Only two firms linked to the college's projects have more than 500 employees.

The arrangement is a win-win for all parties, NICC said, for it not only supports local business, but also provides direct guidance for students preparing to enter the job market.

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