Hawkeye and Other Iowa Community Colleges Awarded Nearly $13 Million for Advanced Manufacturing Job Training

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Friday, September 21, 2012

Hawkeye Community College Will Train Local Workers

WATERLOO— The United States Department of Labor announced Wednesday that $500 million in grants will go to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. Iowa Community Colleges will receive $12,951,165 for their initiative known as the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM): A Talent Success Strategy for the 21st Century Workforce. Hawkeye Community College is one of the community colleges in the I-AM consortium to train individuals in advanced manufacturing areas that include welding, CNC machining, industrial maintenance, industrial automation, robotics, and transportation and logistics.

“Hawkeye Community College is excited to be a part of this collaborative effort in training Iowa’s workforce. The community colleges of Iowa are working together along with our manufacturers to deliver this high tech, high demand training,” said Dr. Linda Allen, President of Hawkeye Community College.

“Advanced manufacturing is a major driver of Iowa’s economy as manufacturing is the largest private industry in our service region. Hawkeye is the only institution in our 10-county area to provide advanced manufacturing training and we are committed to expanding our services to meet the needs of our business community.”

Hawkeye will collaboratively build training capacity by developing and awarding certificates (non-credit and credit), diplomas, and associate’s degrees. In addition, the advance manufacturing curricula will be aligned with third-party certifications, including the NCRC™, AWS, NIMS, and MSSC that are part of the National Association of Manufacturer’s endorsed Skills Certification System. As a result, more than 3,000 individuals across the state of Iowa will be given the opportunity to earn a college credential and industry-recognized certifications in a shortened time frame, making them eligible for high demand, high wage employment opportunities, and launching them on a career pathway in advanced manufacturing. Moreover, eight American Welding Society Accredited Test Facilities will be established throughout the state.

The I-AM consortium is working directly with more than 35 of Iowa’s manufacturers and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry to ensure that the I-AM initiative addresses and meets the skill needs of the manufacturing industry. The award to the I-AM consortium is part of the Department of Labor’s second round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program.

In addition to Hawkeye Community College, the I-AM consortium consists of Des Moines Area Community College, Eastern Iowa Community College, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa Valley Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Kirkwood Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Southeastern Community College, Southwestern Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College.