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February 15, 2014

Indian Hills president discusses the community college with the public

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Sixty percent of Indian Hills students are in the Career or Technical programs at the community college.

“That's one of the things we've worked hard at,” Sprouse said. That takes a lot of equipment — ranging from robots and lasers to airplanes, she added.

Sprouse turned next to the major initiatives at the college.

Sprouse said she and her staff want to streamline processes at the community college to make things clear in regards to people and technology. She said Indian Hills wants to create clear pathways for students to get all the services and support they need to be in the proper program to find a job after graduation.

Sprouse also talked about the new Job Corps facility at the Ottumwa Industrial Airport, near to the Indian Hills North Campus location.

Job Corps was created to give disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24 an education outlet so they can find good jobs.

The federally funded Job Corps program built eight new buildings at a cost of about $35 million at the Ottumwa site.

“We were very lucky,” she said. “We worked on getting this for eight years.”

Also, Indian Hills has a new Business Incubator site on its North Workforce Campus near the Job Corps site. The Business Incubator will open this spring and address manufacturing and Internet Technology needs, Sprouse said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

 

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