The ground floor of the former church will house hands-on education and certificate programs to support career pathways in partnership with NICC, Four Mounds Foundation, and Heritage Works.
Northeast Iowa Community College will partner with Steeple Square to provide educational and certificate programs to many ages. These programs will build successful career pathways for a diverse range of the community — helping to connect community members to opportunities and ultimately increase quality of life.
This 196-hour certificate program is designed to provide students with skills necessary to work in the highly-specialized field of building restoration. In a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on lab experiences, students will be introduced to architectural style and the materials and methods of construction utilized in different historical periods. Upon successful completion of the program, students may pursue optional certifications, additional education or seek immediate entry-level employment.
The program includes tracks specific to interior work, exterior work, or a combination of both, and a comprehensive core track that teaches job readiness, teamwork skills and conflict resolution, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety principles and American Heart Association CPR/First Aid. Depending on the selected track, students will be introduced to preservation practices, building investigation, preservation of windows and doors, carpentry, woodworking, weatherization, masonry, paints, concrete and finishes. Upon successful completion of the program, students may pursue optional certifications, additional education or seek immediate entry-level employment.
The Culinary Foundations Career Pathway Certificate is an 80-hour hands-on program designed to prepare students with little or no culinary experience for a rewarding career in the culinary field. Successful students will be ready for entry-level positions as cooks or servers in a variety of hospitality settings.
The training provides an overview of the culinary industry, including terminology, techniques and standards, from front-of-house to back-of-house. A core skill track that covers effective communication, professionalism, teamwork and conflict resolution is combined with instruction in food safety and proper operation of cooking equipment for a safe work environment. Students will learn and practice knife skills, become familiar with measurements for small and large food production, acquire knowledge about general cooking and serving methods and learn how to provide superior customer service. Upon completion of the certificate program and an additional online Food Protection Manager class, students will be prepared to take the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certification test.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs help those with limited English skills to improve listening, reading, speaking and writing for their daily life and work in the United States. Northeast Iowa Community Colleges offers English language classes year-round at several locations throughout northeast Iowa.
The former rectory will become the future Marita Theisen Childcare Center.