Vocational Programs

Vocational courses provide various levels of exposure to skilled trades, but are typically not as long as full certificate programs.

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Spanish Classes ServSafe Certification Welding Classes Intro to Blacksmithing  




ServSafe Certification

ServSafe Course/Testing is designated for foodservice owners, operators, managers and supervisors in order to achieve certification on food safety mandates and requirements. Materials have been developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The course fee includes the current edition of ServSafe Essentials, course materials and test. It is mandatory that you pick up the book prior to the class taking place. It is also recommended that you bring your lunch to this class. Note: If you have a group of people who need certification and live in the 10-county area, please call to set up a class in your area.  

Nov 06 - Nov 06
Ottumwa Campus
Fri, 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Arts & Science Bldg
Rm: 102 - $199.00
L. Tomlin

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Coaching Authorization

This class is set up with 12 hours of face to face class time and additional online course work and is designed to enable you to meet the state requirements to make application to the IA Board of Education Examiners for Coaching Authorization.

After successful completion of this course and all the forms (application for coaching authorization, certificates, all background check forms) and the required fees have been sent to the Board of Educational Examiners your application will be processed.   

The background check forms that must be submitted with the Application for Coaching includes a waiver, fingerprint card and fingerprinting instructions, and instruction for criminal history record check procedures. These forms will be provided in class, or can be obtained by contacting the Board of Educational Examiners at 515-281-3483.  Finger printing can be done at your local law enforcement center or at the office of the Board of Educational Examiners. 

**Indian Hills also offers CPR training** This course meets the coursework and CPR requirement for the state's coaching authorization application. 

Please contact Amy Hammack, 641-683-5216, if you have any questions.  Class cost is $390.00 and classes will be offered starting in February, June and October. 


Spanish Classes

Conversational Spanish

Conversational Spanish is an introductory Spanish course which emphasizes listening comprehension and speaking communication in a variety of topics at a basic level. The course is intended for students with no previous or very little knowledge of the Spanish language. The purpose of this course is to further the students’ conversational skills in Spanish for either professional or personal purposes. In addition to new vocabulary, reading and writing may be done as reinforcement to oral communication skills. This course will provide multiple real-life scenarios where the students will have to show how to apply the concepts learned throughout the course. Students will also be exposed to the culture of some of the Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Take this opportunity to start learning a new language and be able to communicate better with your friends and neighbors. Class will be held via Zoom to help promote everyone’s continued safety.

Oct 06 - Nov 10
Tue, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Online Zoom Class
E. Cabrera-Tello

Basic Medical Spanish

This course targets individuals in the medical area who want to learn basic phrases in Spanish as related to their daily activities. The instructor will introduce different topics such as greeting, patient privacy information, past medical history, instructions for the physical examination, general
treatment, and general vocabulary. Any non-Spanish speaker at any level can register in this course. Class will be held via Zoom to help promote everyone's continued safety.

Please contact Amy Hammack, 641-683-5216 if you would like to setup a class at your organization or for future dates.

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Intro to Blacksmithing

This is a one on one, two-hour class, where you will learn the basics to Blacksmithing. You will learn by doing hands on instruction in the use of the coal forge, anvil, and hand tools. Students will complete three projects, forging an S hook, wardrobe (or J) hook and a drive in hook. All material costs are included in the cost of the class. Once you have registered and paid online the instructor will contact you to schedule a date for your class.

Class will be located at Ye Old Crow Blacksmith Shoppe, Eldon, Iowa.

Registration is open Aug 31 - Dec 16
L. Crow

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Welding Classes

Basic Welding

During this welding class, participants will have the opportunity to explore the different types of welding applications and how each application might best fit a particular project. There will be hands-on welding, so proper safety equipment is required.

Oct 06 - Oct 27
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
North Campus
Rm 51 - $129.00
R. Guffey

AWS Welding Certification

If you are an experienced welder and would like to move your career to the next level, this is your opportunity. Indian Hills Community College is now an American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facility (ATF). IHCC is now able to perform AWS Welding Certification Testing for welders. The AWS test will be performed on 3/8 inch steel in 3G and 4G positions. All weld tests are certified to the AWS D1.1 structural welding code.

Contact Amy Hammack, 641-683-5216, to schedule your testing date. Classes can be set up for up to 4 welders per class. Successful participants will receive a certificate stating they have obtained the AWS Certified Welder status. Classes are held on the North Ottumwa Campus in the Aviation Bldg, room 51 and instructed by J. Hopwood. Tuition $234.00


Amy HammackAmy Hammack, Coordinator
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5216 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5216
Email: [email protected] 

Continuing Education Course Refund Policy:

In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.