Iowa Western buys space in Missouri Valley, Harlan, expands technical career programs | Education


“We have to build relationships with them,” he said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us. I think we can take it to the next level.

Harlan City Council plans to consider the proposal this week, Kinney said.

The college is expected to provide electromechanical training to local businesses and automotive / diesel, industrial technology, healthcare, and trades courses for students at the institution.

“People are very excited about it,” said Administrator Randy Pash, who represents District 9, which includes the Harlan Community School District, as well as Avoca-Hancock-Shelby-Tennant-Walnut, Elk Horn- Kimballton, Tri-Center and part of Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla Community School Districts.

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One hundred and fifty-two high school students participated in Iowa Western’s Summer Early Start program this year at the college’s main campus and at satellite centers, according to Tom Gilmore, dean of high school partnerships. They studied automotive, diesel and electric technology; feeding with milk; computing; engineering; and scientific.

The program is free for students, Gilmore said. The state reimburses the college enough to break even. It’s an important program because high schools don’t always have qualified teachers to teach dual credit classes, he told the board.

Vice-president of the board, John Marshall, asked if the college’s Early Years Center has a program to help people become certified child care providers. He said there is a great community need for child care.


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