Mar 19, 2019  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2017-18 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2017-18 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Regional Entrepreneurship Center


The Indian Hills Regional Economic Advancement Center is charged with promoting regional economic development through industrial training and retraining, bioprocessing and manufacturing industry support, small business development, job training, dislocated worker programs and other statewide initiatives. Located on the Ottumwa campus, the Regional Economic Advancement Center’s mission is to improve the economic conditions of the Indian Hills Region through continuous learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and visionary leadership. For information about any of the programs noted below and services provided, please call the Regional Economic Advancement Center at (641) 683-5216 or email the center at

Advanced Technologies

The purpose of the Advanced Technology Division is to develop career-ready graduates with the relevant academic, employability and technical skills to succeed in an ever-changing global economy and society. The program offerings for Advanced Technologies can be found in the catalog under Career and Technical Programs .

Customized Learning and Training

The purpose of Customized Learning and Training is to develop innovative and diverse lifelong learning and training opportunities that support job productivity. Constantly changing demands have made learning a lifetime activity. The Customized Learning and Training Department provides educational services to any Area XV resident engaged in the lifelong learning process through business and industry skill development training (non-credit), certificate training, re-licensure, facilitated select credit offerings, state- and court-mandated programs, career/occupational exploration and recreation and leisure programming.

Regional Entrepreneurship and Leadership Initiatives

The purpose of Indian Hills Community College Regional Entrepreneurship and Leadership Initiatives (RELI) is to promote and inspire leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation through education and mentoring. The primary goal of RELI is to be the focal point in stimulating and supporting private and public entrepreneurship and leadership development through collaborative efforts of entrepreneurial initiatives, business incubator, leadership and economic development and small business development.

Small Business Development

Small Business Development provides confidential and free management assistance to business owners and those starting a business. The center can provide assistance on financing sources, business plan preparation, financial analysis, accounting system design, general management, marketing/sales plans and inventions/new product development. The center offers confidential, one-on-one consulting at no cost, schedules entrepreneurial and small business management training programs and assists with manufacturer buy-outs, expansions or start-ups.

New Jobs and Workforce Training Resources

Indian Hills’ Regional Economic Advancement Center can assist businesses in Area XV to assess training needs and access state funds for job training. Funding to support employee training is available through the Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Program (260E) and the Iowa Workforce Development Fund (260F). Indian Hills personnel will guide eligible companies through the application process and help design and implement a comprehensive training program for all employees.


The purpose of IowaWORKS is to respond to the regional economy’s need for worker preparation and help Iowans to sustain gainful employment. IowaWORKS operates the Workforce Investment Act and Promise Jobs programs. These programs offer services to individuals (youth and adults) who are experiencing difficulty securing employment as well as assistance to those who have lost their jobs due to a business closing or lay-off. Upon completion of assessment, individual need determines the support and services offered, which may include career counseling, job search assistance, vocational assessment, labor market information, resume writing, child care assistance, transportation assistance and, in some situations, assistance with work- or school-related expenses. On-the-job training programs are offered as well as workshops and seminars for program participants, employers and school systems.

Iowa BioDevelopment

Iowa BioDevelopment is an outreach program dedicated to providing biotechnology and value-added agriculture companies with affordable access to effective, customized training programs, including workshops, classes and laboratory sessions. College and/or university faculty, equipment manufacturers and industrial experts provide training on-site, on any IHCC campus, via the Iowa Communications Network and at the Iowa Bioprocess Training Center in Eddyville.

The Iowa Bioprocess Training Center

The Iowa Bioprocess Training Center (IBTC) is a state-of-the-art educational facility operated by Indian Hills Community College and designed specifically to serve the bioprocessing industries of Iowa. Special features of the center include: a multi-purpose classroom/meeting room; training laboratories for bioprocess technology; and a fermentation pilot plant which can be leased by industries for training, testing processes, research and development. In addition, the facility has a personal computer lab, an Iowa Communications Network (ICN) classroom and a safety meeting room.