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Explore new horizons in your career with Iowa Western’s Continuing Education classes in Trades & Manufacturing.

Some of the classes at Iowa Western Continuing Education include:

Online Programs

E2E Assistance Education 2 Employment Tuition Assistance

Are you an Iowa resident? You may qualify for FREE tuition for one of the four programs listed below!
Education 2 Employment provides FREE tuition assistance to residents of Iowa to grow their career skills and further their education.

Available Courses

   05/13/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

5/13/24 - 5/24/24 8:00am - 12:00pm Monday-Friday. 

This hands-on course is designed to empower individuals with the essential skills and knowledge required to perform basic automotive maintenance tasks. These skills consist of oil and filter changes, tire rotations and multi-point vehicle inspections.  Participants will gain confidence in maintaining vehicles. The course covers fundamental principles, safety measures, and practical techniques to ensure participants can carry out routine maintenance effectively.

Start Date: 05/13/24
End Date: 05/24/24
Seats Available: 20
Cost: $900
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   05/20/24 - Council Bluffs

May 20, 2024 - August 21, 2024 6:00pm - 9:00pm Mon-Wed 
Students will perform welds utilizing a combination of GMAW/MIG & SMAW (STICK welding) on multiple projects in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. As the class progresses students will be introduced to several different electrodes as well as electrode sizes. With new electrodes/sizes students will gain the knowledge of how to adjust settings for each as well as for what position. Students will have the opportunity to attempt AWS certifications at the end of this course.  Students will be briefly introduced to FCAW during this course.

Start Date: 05/20/24
End Date: 08/21/24
Seats Available: 4
Cost: $2500
Location: Council Bluffs
   09/16/24 - Council Bluffs

September 16, 2024 - December 18, 2024 6:00pm - 9:00pm Mon-Wed 
Students will perform welds utilizing a combination of GMAW/MIG & SMAW (STICK welding) on multiple projects in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. As the class progresses students will be introduced to several different electrodes as well as electrode sizes. With new electrodes/sizes students will gain the knowledge of how to adjust settings for each as well as for what position. Students will have the opportunity to attempt AWS certifications at the end of this course.  Students will be briefly introduced to FCAW during this course.

Start Date: 09/16/24
End Date: 12/18/24
Seats Available: 8
Cost: $2500
Location: Council Bluffs
   04/08/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

Prepare for FAA Part 107 knowledge test.  Part 107 (14 CFR Part 107) is the primary regulation for flying drones weighing less than 55 pounds. Part 107 permits drones to be flown for many reasons, including work or business, recreation, education, or for public safety missions. If you want a career flying drones, or you’d like to use your drone to make additional income, the first step is to get your commercial drone operator license. This course prepares you for the Part 107 exam to earn your FAA Remote Pilot Certificate.
12:00pm - 2:00pm Mon & Tues Kinney Hall

Start Date: 04/08/24
End Date: 04/30/24
Seats Available: 20
Cost: $199
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   05/13/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

5/13/24 - 5/24/24 8:00am - 12:00pm Monday-Friday. 

This hands-on course is designed to empower individuals with the essential skills and knowledge required to perform basic automotive maintenance tasks. These skills consist of oil and filter changes, tire rotations and multi-point vehicle inspections.  Participants will gain confidence in maintaining vehicles. The course covers fundamental principles, safety measures, and practical techniques to ensure participants can carry out routine maintenance effectively.

Start Date: 05/13/24
End Date: 05/24/24
Seats Available: 20
Cost: $900
Location: Council Bluffs Campus


Refunds: You may cancel your registration 5 business days prior to the start of the class date and receive a 100% refund excluding the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western’s Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check.  A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at ce@iwcc.edu.

Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where a minimum enrollment is not achieved.  A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.

Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to $25.00 transfer fee.  Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for non-attendance.  Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class.  After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.