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Iowa Western helps train area workers | Recreation

The Iowa Jobs Training program provides forgivable loans to Iowa businesses to train existing workers. The purpose of the program is to help Iowa businesses become more competitive by providing the resources to maximize the skills and productivity of their workers.

The college provides training through the CEAM program at the Center of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing in Clarinda, Perdue said. It provided customized training in electrical, electromechanical, industrial maintenance and tool and die technology, as well as a welding apprenticeship.

The college also coordinated and conducted training in CPR, CNC operations, basic and advanced electricity, English as a second language, plasma cutting, hydraulics, machine process theory and application, machine tooling and repair, machine trades and blueprint reading, management and leadership, technical math, mechanical power transmission, metallurgy, Microsoft Excel, basic and advanced motor controls, basic and advanced programmable logic controllers, robotics, variable-frequency drives and many other subjects.

The training is delivered by internal and external experts, Stanley said.

“In general, we have one staff trainer who delivers about a third of our training, we have four or five independent contractors that we regularly work with who provide about a third of our training,” he said, “and the final third is delivered by faculty or industry experts when we have a more unique training need or simply too much volume to handle with our staff and normal independent contractors.”

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