CENTERVILLE – This fall, students attending Indian Hills’ Rathbun Area Career Academy enrolled in the new Industrial Maintenance program located on the Centerville Campus. The Industrial Maintenance Technology program was made possible through partnerships between the college and local industry as well as a $50,000 Employer Innovation Fund Grant. The grant, along with the industry partnerships, will allow both high school students attending the career academy as well as industry professionals in southern Iowa to complete Industrial Maintenance Technology training in Appanoose County.
Industrial Maintenance is a growing field with an aging workforce and is in high-demand in southern Iowa. The partnership with regional employers will recruit, train and employ Industrial Maintenance Technicians within the communities where they live and work. High school students attending the career academy use the Industrial Maintenance Training Center during the day and local industry professionals are trained at the Center in the evenings. A ribbon cutting for the facility was held on Thursday, September 10 with industry partners receiving a socially distanced tour of the location.