Newton — Ten people have successfully completed a seven-week Electrical Maintenance class held on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Newton Campus. This was a collaboration among the Central Iowa Works Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, area businesses and DMACC to fulfill a shortage of workers in the area of Industrial Maintenance. In response to a documented shortage of skilled workers in Iowa’s advanced manufacturing sector, Iowa’s 15 community colleges have formed the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium to build the training capacity necessary to meet industry demand. DMACC was able to utilize resources from the I-AM Consortium grant to assist in curriculum development and ensure successful training outcomes.
The graduates were recognized in a special ceremony held August 21 on the Newton Campus. The graduates and their instructors include: (left to right) Electronics Professor Al Trickey, Scott Samet of Ames, Newton Campus Provost Mary Entz, Michael Gee of Knoxville, Isaiah Villarreal of Newton, James Liebhart of Newton, Zach DePenning of Newton, Michael Tremmel of Newton, John Hollinrake of Knoxville, Travis Howe of Newton, Shaun Renaurd of Knoxville, Instructor Woody Collins and Charles Loudermilk of Newton. These graduates are already employed at the following central Iowa businesses: TPI, Trinity, Rock Communications, Vermeer and Sauer-Danfoss. For more information on careers in advanced manufacturing, go to www.elevateiowa.com