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Marshalltown Tornado Recovery

Tornado assistance scholarshipThousands of people’s lives were disrupted, many severely, by the July 19 tornado that struck Marshalltown. Hundreds lost their homes and jobs. If you were laid off as a result of the tornado or are currently unemployed or underemployed, we want you to know that the short-term and longer-term career training programs offered by Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Valley Continuing Education are within your reach!

Training & education programs

Short-term training classes and programs through Iowa Valley Continuing Education are offered throughout the year. These programs are often available:

  • AC/DC
  • Blueprint Reading
  • CDL Class A
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • HR for Non-HR Managers and Supervisors
  • Motors and Controls
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Presentation Polish for Supervisors
  • Programmable Logic Controls
  • Recruiting and Retaining Employees
  • Shop Math
  • Talent Management & Employee Growth Strategies
  • Welding
    • Welding for Maintenance & Repair
    • Pre-Pipe Welding
    • Basic Welding
    • Career Pipe Welding
    • Basic TIG Welding

MCC’s career training programs include:

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Repair Technology (in Grinnell)
  • Broadcasting/Digital Media
  • Business
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Network Management & Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary
  • Dental Assisting
  • Electrical Maintenance Mechanic
    • ELT 111 Introduction to Electronics
    • ELT 170 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers/PLCs
    • ELE 151 National Electrical Code and Electrical Wiring)
  • Electro-Mechanical Systems Technology
    • ELT 111 Introduction to Electronics
    • ELT 170 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers/PLCs
    • ELE 151 National Electrical Code and Electrical Wiring
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
  • Machine Tool Technology
    • MFG 101 Measuring Tools
    • MFG 121 Machine Trade Print Reading I
    • MFG 255 Engine Lathe Operations
    • MFG 262 Mill Operations Theory
    • MFG 275 Hand &Bench Machine Tools
    • MFG 280 Drill Presses
    • MFG 407 Basic Die Making
    • MFG 425 Jigs & Fixtures
  • Marketing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal
  • Utility Technician
  • Welding
    • WEL 103 Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Brazing
    • WEL 228 Welding Safety/Health
    • WEL 233 Print Reading/Symbol Interpretation

Financial assistance is available

  • FAFSA – If you’ve had a radical change in your income, you may qualify for Pell Grants that do not have to be repaid. MCC students are also eligible for financial aid and scholarships, including some scholarships designated specifically for those impacted by the tornado.

Money is also available through the GAP and PACE programs. This money can be used for tuition and fees, and also to offset expenses like gas/transportation and childcare while you’re in classes.

  • GAP – Gap Tuition Assistance provides funding to eligible applicants enrolling in a GAP-approved certificate program in occupations including health care, advanced manufacturing, and transportation. The funding is based on financial need, and will cover all required costs associated with the training. The GAP Tuition Assistance program enables individuals to gain the necessary skills to obtain a job in an in-demand field.  Eligible participants must provide proof of gross family income, which cannot be over 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines:
2018 Poverty Guideline for Six Months’ Gross Household Income
(effective April 1, 2018)
Family Size 250% of Federal Poverty Line
1 $15,175 or less
2 $20,575 or less
3 $25,975 or less
4 $31,375 or less
Each additional family member $5,400
  • PACE – The Pathways for Academic Career Employment (PACE) program provides a Pathway Navigator to assist participants on their educational journey. The Pathway Navigator will work with participants to identify keys to success and connect students to appropriate community resources. The Pathway Navigator also works with individuals to access available funding to assist with the cost of education, including financial support, educational support, personal support, and career support.
  • WIOA – Additional money is available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Title I of WIOA provides employment and training services to eligible adults, dislocated workers and youth. The program connects eligible individuals to services and activities aimed at teaching participants how to navigate the appropriate educational and workforce systems based on an established career pathway. Activities include career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, and opportunities for skills training in in-demand occupations. WIOA offers financial support for employment and training purposes for eligible participants based on funding availability.

How to contact us

It’s easy. Just call Lara in the MCC Admissions Office at 641-844-5758 or Jennifer at IVCE at 641-844-5629. They’ll provide additional information and answer all of your questions. If one of our career training programs is right for you, they’ll help you enroll!

The MCC Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. We will also meet with you in the evening or on a weekend … just make an appointment!

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