Jan 27, 2022  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2020-2021 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions

The Continuing Education and Workforce Solutions (CEWS) Department coordinates non-credit programming at Indian Hills Community College. The department facilitates courses in a variety of areas, including: Career Supplementary, General Interest, Professional Relicensure, Short-Term Certificates, and State and Court Mandated.

In addition, customized training is offered for businesses and organizations throughout Indian Hills’ 10-county region. Courses can be customized in most content areas. Call (641) 683-5249 for more details.


Tuition for CEWS courses varies based on length and content. Go to http://www.indianhills.edu/cews/index.php to view the college’s most current course offerings. Persons can register for a course be calling (641) 683-5249 or online through the IHCC WebAdvisor system.

Preregistration is required for most courses. Students are encouraged to register at least one week prior to the start of the course. Courses my be cancelled if there are insufficient registrations. Refunds will be given if a student cancels a registration at least three business days prior to the start of the course. Refunds will be automatically distributed if Indian Hills cancels a course for any reason.

Career Supplementary Courses

Changing technology and best practices in business and industry require that both employers and employees upgrade their skills regularly. Indian Hills Community College offers a wide variety of short courses to meet this need.

Examples of course topics include:

  • 21st Century Skills
    • Appropriate Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Positive Attitude
    • Working in Teams
  • Blueprint and Precision Reading
  • Clerical
  • CNC (Computer Numerical Control)
  • Computer
    • Access
    • Excel
    • Outlook
    • PowerPoint
    • QuickBooks
    • Web Programming
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Hydraulics and Fluid Power
  • Human Resources (SHRM)
  • Leadership
  • Lean
  • Management
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Mediation
  • OSHA Seminars
  • Small Business/Entrepreneurial
  • Social Media
  • Welding

Indian Hills also works with online content provider Ed2Go on a variety of relevant workplace topics. Go to www.ed2go.com/ihcc/ to search their online course database.

General Interest Courses

Persons are encouraged to take a course “just for fun.” A variety of courses are offered to let students explore areas of interest outside of their primary career. Indian Hills also facilitates a variety of exploratory workshops for kids.

Examples of general interest topic areas include:

  • Art
  • Auto Maintenance
  • Baking/Cake Decorating
  • Computer
  • Dog Training
  • Exercise/Dance
  • Foreign Language
  • Jewelry Making
  • Personal Finance
  • Photography
  • Quilting/Sewing
  • Wine Pairing/Tasting
  • Woodworking

Professional Relicensure Courses

Some professionals are required by Iowa law to complete continuing education courses in order to renew professional licenses. Indian Hills offers relicensure courses for the following professions:

  • Childcare
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical/Mechanical/Plumbing/Safety
  • Health Professions
  • Real Estate

Short-Term Certificates

Certificates that are industry recognized can be earned through Indian Hills in the following subject areas:

  • Activity Coordinator
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • AWS Welding
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Certified Production Technician
  • Coaching
  • Financial Services
  • Medication Manager
  • OSHA
  • Paralegal
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Serv-Safe


State- and Court-Mandated Courses

These courses are required by state law to receive certain permits or court mandated:

  • Anger Management
  • Children in the Middle
  • Drinking Driver (DUI)
  • Driver Improvement
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • School Bus Driver In-Service

Regional Entrepreneurship Center

The mission of the Regional Entrepreneurship Center is to have a measurable, positive impact on economic growth in the 10-county Indian Hills region by incubating start-up and early-stage companies, both in the REC and in community-based centers.

The REC provides a variety of services to start-up businesses throughout our region. These include: business training programs, assistance identifying financing, connections to college/corporate partners and networking activities, just to name a few. In the physical center, space is provided at an inexpensive rate and tenant companies have access to high speed internet, 3-phase power, and conference and training rooms. The Small Business Development Center is also housed within the REC.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center 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.


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.