At the March 20 Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Board of Trustees meeting, members approved preliminary 260E Iowa New Jobs Training Program agreements that will help build the local workforce and allow small northeast Iowa businesses to expand.
The 260E program enables the College to be responsive and agile to the skilled employee needs of predominantly rural, small- to medium-sized businesses. The 260E program provides funding for training new employees hired at Iowa companies who enter into agreements with local community colleges.
The board approved two such training agreements, one for Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC, in Lawler, and a second for Camso Manufacturing USA, LTD, in Peosta. The preliminary agreement with Homeland Energy will allow NICC to assist in the creation of eight new jobs for an estimated bond issuance of $112,000. The Camso agreement is expected to create 40 new jobs for an estimated issuance of $237,000.
Staying attuned to the training needs of students and local industry through purchases of advanced technology is critical to career preparation and job placement for graduates. After a discussion led by Kathleen Nacos-Burds, Ph.D., NICC vice president of learning and student success, the trustees approved the purchase of two multi-process welding machines for students at the College’s Peosta campus. Superior Welding Supply of Dubuque was awarded its bid of $14,094.90. The machines will replace outdated equipment in the welding lab, which is at full capacity enrollment with the expansion of certificate and related welding curriculums.