INTECH PROGRAM CHARGED AND READY FOR FALL STUDENTS
In January of this year, SCC launched its new Industrial Technology Program, InTech!. Housed on the College’s Keokuk campus, InTech! prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Modules include electrical maintenance, systems monitoring, mechanical maintenance, and assembly and production concepts.
InTech! is designed for high school students, people looking to upgrade their skills, and workers wishing to advance within their companies. Students can take one module in a particular area, take multiple modules to receive a certificate, or get multiple certificates to receive a diploma. They can continue in the program to earn a two year AAS degree and can even go on to complete a four-year degree.
InTech! is designed to deliver production and maintenance training in a flexible format that accommodates different students’ schedules and goals. InTech! will also serve the needs of area employers by providing them with a local pool of high skilled workers.
While InTech! was in the planning stage, SCC received a grant from the United States Department of Labor for $1.66 million. Then the College was able to leverage an additional $662,000 through partnerships with 15 area industries. In all, the program raised $2.3 million to purchase equipment, employ staff, and even pay student tuition. The program is expected to train close to 200 participants over the next three years.
InTech! instructors include newcomer Andy Snaadt, and long time SCC Advanced Manufacturing instructor John Smith. Snaadt comes to the program with 12 years experience in the manufacturing industry. Smith brings over 35 years of experience as a college instructor.
InTech! Program Director Terry Campie says that the key to the program is flexibility. The program offers a blended learning format. Classes are taken online. Then each student applies the concepts presented online in a skills lab located on the SCC Keokuk campus. Students practice their skills under faculty supervision in a high tech lab solving real world problems on the actual type of equipment used in local industry.
“InTech! is an excellent combination of online and real world learning. It lets students learn what they want when they want,” noted Campie. “The way we deliver instruction is really important – especially for our adult learners who are already working full time.”
For more information about InTech!, contact Program Director Terry Campie at 319-313-1927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.