Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) has unveiled a new Information Technology (IT) career track at the NCC Career Academy in Sioux Center. This educational initiative addresses the growing demand for IT and automation skills in the workforce and is made possible by a state grant from the Career Academy Incentive Fund Grant. $556,000 is dedicated to outfitting a state-of-the-art classroom and computer lab, with essential IT equipment, including servers, switches, and firewalls, which enables hands-on learning experiences which enhances the Career Academy’s existing Applied Technology offerings.
Students of the Academy will progress through a designed, college-level curriculum for high school students starting their junior year and prepares them for further education through the second year of the Information Technology Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree program through NCC and/or immediate employment in the Information Technology field. Students leave the program with two industry-recognized certifications and a college diploma.
Northwest Iowa Community College President, Dr. John Hartog, says they’ve approached the development of the Sioux Center Career Academy with the understanding that it’s a long-term journey, not a quick race. He says the state grant has significantly propelled NCC toward goal completion, making the IT Career Track a critical component at the Sioux Center Career Academy. NCC’s Career Academy is located in the former AEA building in Sioux Center.