The biotech, or bioprocess technology, industry has strong local ties, huge global implications and many opportunities. Bioprocessing is a unique field that essentially converts raw renewable material, mostly from plants, into vital, value-added products like biofuels, food and medicines. Part ag, part science and part manufacturing process control, it’s one of those few professions where your everyday job can help millions of people.    

 Biotech careers offer exciting work with state-of-the-art ag sciences and manufacturing control processes, careers that can grow with the industry. You can get started fast with online biotech classes or traditional classroom study.

 Here’s a quick overview of our biotech programs.

Campus Eddyville Campus
Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program Agricultural/Biofuels Process Technology: 7 Terms (21 Months)
Process Control: 3 Terms (9 Months)
Bio-Manufacturing: 3 Terms (9 Months)
Diploma/Degree Agricultural/Biofuels Process Technology: A.A.S.
Process Control: Diploma
Bio-Manufacturing: Diploma
What you will learn:
  • Scientific Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Theory
  • Digital Fundamentals
  • Product Analysis
  • Equipment Maintenance (ex: Fermenters, Bioreactors, etc.)
  • Lab and Manufacturing Safety
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Pre-employment

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Which is the Best Bioprocessing Field for You?


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fermentation processes take nutrients and energy from renewable sources to create a number of products. We'll teach you to use your acquired knowledge in a number of disciplines to help fuel people around the globe.

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Ready to change the world with clean fuels like ethanol, biodiesel and biogas? Want to learn how to make antibiotics and vaccinations? Jump into bio manufacturing where you will learn all this and more through hands-on lab activities.

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Process Control


Interested in monitoring plant control processes in advanced manufacturing? We’ll take you through control loop basics and introduce you to the advanced tech career you’ve been dreaming of.

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Biotech. Bioprocessing. Bioworks. Three names for the same high-tech field. Check out the program details above to find your best fit. All these programs can lead directly to a high-paying job or biotech career as a Process Control Technician, Water/Wastewater Operator, Alcohol Fermentation Technician, or a Biofuels Production Technician! Check out more detailed general information below. Grab ahold. It’s going to be Life. Changing.

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Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Kim!

kimKimberly Dreaden, Program Director, Bioprocessing Programs
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641)-683-5111, ext. 1982 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1982 
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