Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., NICC vice president of Business and Community Solutions, shared outcomes and data with the NICC trustees on training programs supported by state’s Workforce Training and Economic Development (WTED) and 260E Iowa New Jobs Training Program funds.
The College allocated 60% of the WTED funding toward instruction costs for the Engineering Technology, Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) open lab, and expanded welding programs in FY16, according to Mihm-Herold. The majority of the $1.12M budgeted from the fund, or $758,733, was spent for the development and implementation of career academies (high school to college credit pathways) and career and technical education for students, she noted. The College served 52 students in career and technical programs, 1,635 district non-credit health students, 457 high school students in career academies as well as 521 employees through 15 business training projects.
Administration of the 260E program funds through NICC has shown to be a tremendous success since its inception. Since 1985, the College has coordinated 296 individual 260E projects with businesses in northeast Iowa, leading to the creation of 15,569 new jobs for a total certificate issuance of $85.26M. In FY16 alone, the College coordinated six 260E projects that helped to create 238 new jobs for an issuance amount of $2.55M, according to Mihm-Herold.
The hundreds of new positions needed by businesses each year are filled in large part because of the high caliber of instruction available at NICC and leading edge technology and equipment that ensures community members have the work-ready skills employers require.
After a report by Dave Dahms, NICC vice president of administration and finance, the trustees approved instructional purchases for students participating in the Career Learning Link program and those enrolled in the John Deere TECH program.
Airgas of Cedar Falls was awarded its bid of $82,816 for two portable arc welding simulator machines that allow students to gain welding skills with the use of a reality-based training system. The trustees also awarded Windridge Implement of Decorah its bid of $58,325 for an agricultural rough terrain forklift for the John Deere TECH program at the Calmar campus.