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OTTUMWA --- Indian Hills Community College is one of 20 recipients of a U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Scholars Program grant.  Indian Hills, the only Iowa Community College to receive the grant, will receive nearly $1.2 million over the course of the three-year grant. 

The Job Corps Scholars grant is a companion to traditional funding that supports the Ottumwa Job Corps Center. Job Corps Scholars funding provides eligible students with academic and student support services similar to those services provided to students attending the Ottumwa Job Corps Center.  Indian Hills will utilize a large portion of its funding to cover tuition, books and fees, and transportation costs for those who qualify. 

According to Marlene Sprouse, President of Indian Hills, “The college and the Ottumwa Job Corps Center have a very strong partnership. We believe that this grant will allow us to serve even more students from the 10-county area with the same quality of support as the Job Corps Center.  The grant staff will provide students with the technical training and skills they need to become employed in their field upon graduation.”

Students enrolling in the Business Specialist, Clinical Laboratory Assistant, Commercial Driver Training, Health Unit Coordinator, HVAC and Refrigeration, Industrial Maintenance Technician and Phlebotomy Technician programs, who are between the ages of 16 and 24, and who meet specific income guidelines may qualify for the Job Corps Scholars Program.   

Indian Hills Executive Vice President Matt Thompson commented, “The academic programs included in the Job Corps Scholars Program are areas of high need throughout the Indian Hills 10-county region.  Students who graduate from these programs will have the skills necessary to fill well-paying, high-demand jobs in our area.” 

The grant will also establish five new positions at the college that will provide individualized career counseling, employment counseling and specialized Getting Ahead in the Workplace training.  These services will provide students attending Indian Hills with career and workforce training opportunities similar to those students who attend the Ottumwa Job Corps Center.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia commented, “Combining job training, classroom education, and employment counseling will give participating young adults an opportunity to excel.”

Indian Hills will begin enrolling students as part of the Job Corps Scholars Program for the Fall 2020 Term beginning August 31.  Students who may be interested in the Job Corps Scholars Program should contact Ashleigh Richmond at 641.683-5189 or at