Hawkeye Community College to Host Open House Exploring Apprenticeships on November 15

posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Blog

The following information was submitted by an Alliance & Chamber investor. The Exploring Apprenticeships Open House is for businesses interested in exploring apprenticeship programs.

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College will host an open house exploring apprenticeship opportunities Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Buchanan Hall 121 on Hawkeye's Main Campus, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo.

Historically, apprenticeship programs began in construction and skilled trades, but now there are apprenticeships in more than 1,000 occupations, including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and transportation. The open house will explore successful apprenticeship programs and provide information about creating new apprenticeships, including funding available. Studies show apprenticeships provide good return on investment for workers and employers. Apprentices earn more upon program completion and 90 percent of completers enter and sustain employment.

Featured presenters include Josh Billings, Level 4 HVAC apprentice employed by Independence Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling: John Johnson, apprenticeship program workforce development specialist, IowaWORKS Cedar Valley; Rachel Faust, apprentice sponsor, RainSOFT of Northeast Iowa; Rhonda Hall, business services representative, IowaWORKS Cedar Valley; and Jerry Orr, Hawkeye's trade and industry coordinator.

There is no cost to attend and a free lunch is provided. RSVP at or by calling 319-296-4223. The open house is held in conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week.