Iowa Central Community College has more Buena Vista County students enrolled this fall for yet another year.
During the 2017 fall semester, 581 Buena Vista County residents were enrolled in Iowa Central credit courses, a nine-percent enrollment increase from a year ago. Iowa Central Storm Lake center director Dan Anderson says the Buena Vista County student enrollment bump is in part due to growing attention on the local high-demand high-wage career program value of a community college education and the rising concern around student debt.
He says Iowa Central continues its commitment to focus on the Buena Vista County area skilled work force needs. Anderson continues to see more students looking at courses that deliver local high-demand high-wage jobs after completion. The nursing program in Storm Lake remains very popular… along with career programs in accounting, industrial mechanics, diesel technology, teacher education, welding and electrical, office technologies, human services, and nurse aide.
Anderson says Iowa Central has reacted quickly to changing workforce needs by developing a welding certification program, with another session of the program beginning next month. A another new program is also underway… industrial food processing maintenance mechanic training began in late September in partnership with Tyson Fresh Meats.