The Learning Resources Network (LERN) has honored Northeast Iowa Community College and its business and community solutions division for excellence in contract training. NICC received the LERN Contract Training Marketing Award at the organization’s national contract training conference in Chicago, IL, March 19-22.
Contract training is workforce training programs that are created in partnership with businesses. The training is customized and tailored specifically for the business employees.
With an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in the state of Iowa, businesses in the College’s district are directly impacted by the shortage of skilled workers. Consequently, many are having difficulty filling open positions, especially in the areas of advanced manufacturing, construction, healthcare and information technology. The Colleges’ business and community solutions division develops contract training programs to help local companies expand and grow.
In FY18 alone, business and community solutions contract training served 22,003 students – a 2,000 increase over the previous year – and served 485 individual businesses in northeast Iowa. East Penn Manufacturing Distribution Center, a company that expanded its workforce in Oelwein, benefited directly from its training and collaboration with NICC.
This is the third LERN honor awarded to Northeast Iowa Community College in recent years. The workforce training division of Northeast Iowa Community College received the Best Contract Training Sales Team Award in 2018 and the International Award for Excellence in Management Practice in 2015.