Because computers are forever intertwined with the workplace and integral to the operations of nearly every industry, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is introducing a variety of new programs to meet increasing demand for skilled Information Technology (IT) professionals.
A new three-week “Coding Bootcamp” offered at the NICC Town Clock Business Center can make a dramatic impact in prospective employees’ search for computer coding work or to enhance their existing skills. This boot-camp style class, which begins June 27, features a combination of face-to-face lectures, small group work, and hands-on learning experiences. Bootcampers learn the basics of writing effective, efficient code and gain new skills in programming, debugging, and testing computer codes using popular programming languages.
This year, the College also introduced entry-level certificates in IT Foundations, Networking, and Programming to keep students and the local workforce ahead of the changing information technology world.
The IT Foundation Certificate course series begins August 15 and develops existing programming, web development, databases, information security, and troubleshooting skills. The IT Foundations Networking Certificate, which begins October 3, is designed for those who have successfully completed the IT Foundations certificate and want to enhance their skills or employability as entry-level computer networkers. The IT Foundations Programming Certificate, beginning September 28, emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to design, develop, test, and document software to support the needs of end-users.
NICC offers several other comprehensive certificate and degree opportunities as part of the College’s Information Technology program cluster: the Computer Technology, Networking and Programming degree program and four options in the Computer Analyst area – Business and Web Programming, Information Security, Mobile Application Development, and Networking Administration and Tech Support.
A $15 million Information Technology, Health, Utilities and Manufacturing (IHUM) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to Iowa’s community colleges is helping NICC develop new IT coursework and programs. Through the IHUM Consortium, many of these training options are available at no cost if participants meet all eligibility requirements.