The IVCCD is pleased to welcome four new industrial partners in professional training | News, Sports, Jobs


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Trustees recently approved agreements with four area companies for industrial employment training programs.

The Iowa Valley Community College District, with campuses in Marshalltown, Grinnell, and Iowa Falls, has always sought to be at the forefront of preparing its students for the jobs of the future, and its leaders are constantly seeking new partnerships to help make this goal a reality. .

At the last meeting on September 14, the board formally approved the welcoming of four new companies – Bruin Manufacturing of Marshalltown, Aur Iowa Farm LLC of St. Anthony, River Valley Pipe of Iowa Falls and Colewell Automation of Montezuma – in his factory. vocational training program and committed $600,000 to the program. As long-time residents of this area know, Bruin is anything but a new business and has a long presence in Marshalltown, but it’s also open to businesses looking to expand.

“Being a key player in supporting these new businesses in our region is important to us. It’s in our mission that we’re going to have these partnerships and help these companies grow,” said IVCCD vice president of education and continuing education, Jacque Goodman.

In an ever-changing job market with ever-changing needed skills, programs like these are mutually beneficial for the community college, businesses looking to recruit employees, local school districts hoping to increase their workforces, and communities seeking to attract new residents. Kate Bowermaster, marketing and culture coordinator at Bruin, saw it with her own eyes.

“Our partnership with Iowa Valley has exceeded any expeditions I have had in the beginning. We are currently using 260F and 260E grants and also have an employee taking courses to continue their education in toolmaking,” he said. she said, “This is our second toolmaker to use courses while working full time. It’s a way to show them our commitment and it benefits Bruin with the knowledge they gain. In the future, we will not only remain competitive in our industry, but we will be the leaders! »

As Goodman noted, the skills for some of these high-tech jobs require specific training, so companies aren’t able to simply pull someone off the streets and put them to work. Because of this specificity, it often makes more sense for prospective employees to learn directly from employers, but the staff at DVICD also help wherever they can.

“It’s very specific to the type of manufacturing they do, but we also work with our faculty, especially in the industrial maintenance area and the machining area,” Goodman said. “These companies spend a lot of upfront money training people, and it just helps offset some of that upfront expense.”

While the training program won’t cover every expense companies incur, Goodman hopes it will give them a head start in an increasingly competitive job market, especially in the post-COVID landscape. Neysa Hartzler, Corporate Outreach Coordinator at RVCDI, said her conversations with senior executives at these companies often revolve around how best to train new employees, CPR and OSHA compliance and to find future leaders that they could promote from within in the future.

“I’m sort of the middleman between setting up training in the company and determining their needs,” Hartzler said.

And one of the most attractive aspects of these high-tech jobs is the high pay: interns who complete these programs can expect to earn over $25 per hour once they start working on time. full for these companies.

“Salaries will definitely help because (with) Marshalltown being so close to Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Des Moines and Ames where they could make more money. People are ready to commute, and so with the jobs here, hopefully fewer people will commute,” Goodman said.

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