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Planning for I-MATTER began in July and the selected candidates are expected to start no later than January 1, according to the press release.

Monroe said I-MATTER enrollments may be separate from other college students due to the acute needs of Safer customers.

“Our customers are not waiting for the next semester,” he said. “They are looking forward to the next semester, so part of it will be phased starts for these programs.”

Black Hawk College will make a manufacturing training program available, according to the press release.

The program, called IGNITE, will give those involved the opportunity to earn a number of degrees and acquire technical knowledge and skills that will help them be ready to work from day one, according to Richard Bush, dean of programs. career of Black Hawk.

“This accelerated learning will prepare individuals for entry level positions in eight weeks and open up learning opportunities and other work experiences with employers in the region,” said Bush.

The program is also designed to put participants in a good position to pursue other technical and vocational education programs, Bush said.

Paula M. Arends, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at EICC, said the college offers a large number of short-term training programs in high-demand career areas like truck driving, manufacturing and health care.


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