Training Initiative for Ethanol Industry

People looking for a career in the ethanol industry will have a schooling option at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. The college received a grant of $996,250 from the United States Department of Labor to support the institution’s biotechnology department, which includes specific training programs for the state’s growing ethanol industry.

Ottumwa, Iowa – August 20, 2004 [] Through this project, 100 new workers and 600 incumbent biotech workers will be eligible for training. At least some of the training programs will be conducted at Indian Hills’ Bioprocess Training Center in Eddyville. Deputy Secretary of Labor Steven Law and Iowa Senator Charles Grassley awarded the grant as part of a $17.2 million national initiative to address job training needs for careers in the biotechnology industry. This is the second grant the college has received this summer under the job training initiative because the institution is considered a biotechnology center of excellence. Indian Hills President Jim Lindenmayer said that a portion of the grant is designated to pay for outreach personnel to visit the classrooms of middle and high schools in the college’s ten-county district. These two positions will allow the college to introduce students to biotechnology, and show them the many and varied job possibilities that exist in the industry.
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