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Did you know? 1 out of 23 jobs in Iowa is supported by Community Colleges. (Source: 2022 Economic Value of Iowa's Community Colleges (Emsi Burning Glass)

It's true! 1 out of every 23 jobs in Iowa is supported by the activities of our Community Colleges and students. Find the full Economic Impact Report here.

Palfinger shows support for Iowa Western

Palfinger, the world’s leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions, announced a major gift to officials at Iowa Western Community College in support of both academic and athletic programs on campus.

Jason Holt, Local Operating Officer and President of Council Bluffs Operations , presented the company’s most recent gift to Iowa Western President Dr. Dan Kinney.

“We are honored that Omaha Standard Palfinger has made a commitment to our students through these generous donations to the campus community,” Kinney said. “This type of support is crucial to helping us maintain quality educational tools for our growing academic programs and campus environment.”

Omaha Standard Palfinger’s latest donation was a $36,000 gift to support the naming right to the state-of-the-art welding lab located in Kinney Hall on the campus in Council Bluffs. The funds will also support the college’s athletic department and over 700 student athletes who take part in activities at Iowa Western.

Last summer, Omaha Standard Palfinger committed $68,000 to fund the purchase of six high profile  welders for use in the welding space.  The company also donated 80 student lab kits including helmets, gloves and coats.

Two men in suits are holding a large cardboard check. They are standing in front of a wall of photos (looks to be the leadership board). On the left is Jason Holt, Local Operating Officer and President of Operations. On the right is Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Western. The check is for $68,000

Importance in Aligning Credit and Noncredit Programs

"Aligning short-term, non-credit courses with the college’s credit-based programming can provide more equitable opportunities for students and increase efficiencies overall."

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Customized Training Options at our Colleges

Iowa's Community Colleges provide "have-it-your-way" educational and training experiences. There's no such thing as one size fits all! Read about the customized training options Southeastern Community College provides to serve the needs of every student. Full article here.

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