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Information Technology Industry

Software Developer

.NET Programming Certificate

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Computer software development is one of the fastest growing career fields and best-paid industries! If you're both creative and logical, if you enjoy working with computers, and especially if you'd like to learn how to produce your own solutions for business and other computing needs, this is the degree for you. Our program includes industry-approved curriculum. You'll complete as much coursework as a four-year program — and you'll have your degree is only two years!

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Computer Software Developer, A.A.S

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Computer software development is one of the fastest growing career fields and best-paid industries!
If you're both creative and logical, if you enjoy working with computers, and especially if you'd like to learn how to produce your own solutions for business and other computing needs, this is the degree for you.
Our program includes industry-approved curriculum. You'll complete as much coursework as a four-year program — and you'll have your degree is only two years!

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JAVA Programming Certificate

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Computer software development is one of the fastest growing career fields and best-paid industries! If you're both creative and logical, if you enjoy working with computers, and especially if you'd like to learn how to produce your own solutions for business and other computing needs, this is the degree for you. Our program includes industry-approved curriculum. You'll complete as much coursework as a four-year program — and you'll have your degree is only two years!

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Mobile App Development Certificate

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Computer software development is one of the fastest growing career fields and best-paid industries! If you're both creative and logical, if you enjoy working with computers, and especially if you'd like to learn how to produce your own solutions for business and other computing needs, this is the degree for you. Our program includes industry-approved curriculum. You'll complete as much coursework as a four-year program — and you'll have your degree is only two years!

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IT Support Specialist

Computer Support Specialist, A.A.S

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Computer support specialists provide technical assistance to users as well as maintain, upgrade, and repair computer systems and networks. Students interested in this field should have an interest in working with people. Specialists constantly interact with customers and fellow employees as they answer questions and give valuable advice. They should also enjoy learning about new technology and be willing to work on both hardware and software systems. Good writing and communication skills are also required. This degree focuses on a variety of IT skills that include hardware, software, networking, and programming, as well as problem-solving and analytical skills.

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Desktop Support Specialist Diploma

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Computer support specialists provide technical assistance to users as well as maintain, upgrade, and repair computer systems and networks. Students interested in this field should have an interest in working with people.
Specialists constantly interact with customers and fellow employees as they answer questions and give valuable advice. They should also enjoy learning about new technology and be willing to work on both hardware and software systems. Good writing and communication skills are also required.
This certificate focuses on a variety of IT skills that include hardware, software, networking, and programming, as well as problem-solving and analytical skills.

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PC Technician Diploma

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Computer support specialists provide technical assistance to users as well as maintain, upgrade, and repair computer systems and networks. Students interested in this field should have an interest in working with people.
Specialists constantly interact with customers and fellow employees as they answer questions and give valuable advice. They should also enjoy learning about new technology and be willing to work on both hardware and software systems. Good writing and communication skills are also required.
This certificate focuses on a variety of IT skills that include hardware, software, networking, and programming, as well as problem-solving and analytical skills.

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Systems Analyst

Data Analytics and Reporting Certificate

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Computer software development is one of the fastest growing career fields and best-paid industries! If you're both creative and logical, if you enjoy working with computers, and especially if you'd like to learn how to produce your own solutions for business and other computing needs, this is the degree for you. Our program includes industry-approved curriculum. You'll complete as much coursework as a four-year program — and you'll have your degree is only two years!

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Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Network and System Administration Certificate

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Network and system administration is a fast-paced, challenging field that needs dedicated problem-solvers to maintain the computer networks that keep business moving.

Network and system administrators design, build, integrate, maintain and secure local area networks, design and support server systems and software, and provide end-user support for LAN-based applications.

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Network and System Administration, A.A.S

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Network and system administration is a fast-paced, challenging field that needs dedicated problem-solvers to maintain the computer networks that keep business moving.
Network and system administrators design, build, integrate, maintain and secure local area networks, design and support server systems and software, and provide end-user support for LAN-based applications.

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Network Security Certificate

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Network and system administration is a fast-paced, challenging field that needs dedicated problem-solvers to maintain the computer networks that keep business moving.

Network and system administrators design, build, integrate, maintain and secure local area networks, design and support server systems and software, and provide end-user support for LAN-based applications.

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Business Industry

Bookkeeper

Accounting AS

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If you’re looking for a career path that opens doors in the business world, then look no further than the online Business Administration: Accounting program. Accountants have the key tools a business needs – which is why they are always in demand.

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Office Manager

Administrative Management AS

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The Administrative Management Program prepares graduates to become members of an executive team in today's fast-paced business environment. This program teaches proficiency in software and computer applications that enhance personal management and productivity, and soft skills that are vital in any work environment.

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Construction Industry

Welder

Advanced Welding Technologies, A.A.S

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Looking for a career-ready degree? You’ve found it with the Advanced Welding Technologies program at Kirkwood. Join passionate, certified instructors at one of the top weld testing and instructional facilities in the state and learn on top-of-the-line technology, including virtual reality welding.This associate degree program includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding

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Combination Welding Certificate

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Learn the essential skills and knowledge required to become a combination welder. By enrolling in this short-term, hands-on program, students will receive instruction in all position welding in the areas of stick welding, MIG welding and TIG welding. Included in this program is a test preparation class for an American Welding Society certification, where students will have the opportunity to test in one of the three welding methods. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer

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This short-term, hands-on training program teaches proper welding safety protocol, machine setup and repair, and basic welding techniques for gas metal arc welding using short arc, spray metal transfer methods. Students will learn to perform American Welding Society compliant welds on mild steels in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Manufacturing Welding Certificate

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Get started in an exciting new career in welding. During this short-term training program, students will experience a hands-on learning opportunity in Gas Metal Arc Welding. General welding knowledge, quality, and safety procedures are stressed. Students will progress through basic welding techniques in flat and horizontal positions, as well as utilize axial spray transfer. Included in the program is a Fabrication Math and Blueprint Reading class where students will learn essential math and blueprint reading skills to become a successful fabricator and/or welder in today’s high-tech manufacturing world. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Architectural Drafter

Architectural Technology, A.A.S

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Create a more sustainable built environment with Kirkwood’s Architectural Technology program. Learn on the latest technology, including several architectural computer-aided drafting programs, dual-monitor computer stations, a 3D printer, and a point cloud scanner. You’ll also receive instruction in hand sketching, business and graphic editing computer applications, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and liberal arts studies. Then you’ll bring your studies alive with real-world experience by completing either a paid architectural or construction-related internship or an unpaid architectural mentoring program. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in architectural design competitions to test your skills.

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Plumber

Backflow Prevention Certification

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This 40-hour, classroom-based course will teach the installation and maintenance of approved backflow prevention assemblies at water service connection points. Students will learn important backflow terminology, utilize testing equipment, and understand protocol set by the state of Iowa and University of Southern California (USC) guidelines in order to recognize and prevent potential hazards caused by abnormal hydraulic conditions. This class is held at a training site that is authorized by the state of Iowa and is taught by a backflow tester trained at USC. Satisfactory completion of this class will allow the student to apply to become a licensed backflow prevention tester in the state of Iowa. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Plumbing (Pre-Apprenticeship) Diploma

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The Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship program provides entry-level skills and knowledge for students preparing to enter the plumbing industry.

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Carpenter

Carpentry Diploma

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The Carpentry program prepares students to enter the skilled building trades. Students are given a hands-on intensive introduction to the skills used by carpenters. The classroom experience combines lecture and lab activities that cover all aspects of a carpenter’s job.

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Electrician

Electrical Specialist Certificate

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This short-term, noncredit program helps students acquire the essential skills and knowledge of an electrical specialist. Receive instruction in AC/DC electrical circuits, motor controls, and programmable logic controllers. Although this program does not lead to an industry certification, it establishes key foundations of electrical system principles, assembly, performance, and troubleshooting. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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HVAC Technician

HVAC Installer Diploma

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Kirkwood's HVAC Installer program prepares students to enter the skilled trade of heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation. The you'll focus primarily on residential and light commercial equipment, including installation procedures, code requirements, electrical applications, and refrigerant handling procedures. The one-year, hands-on program also includes system design and HVAC component operation.

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Metal Fabricator

Production Operator Training Certificate

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Production operators within manufacturing are in high-demand in Eastern Iowa. Created in close partnership with local manufacturing employers, this short-term program provides students with a custom-built curriculum that features the essential skills, knowledge, tools, and techniques needed for a career in a manufacturing environment. Learn how to utilize basic manufacturing math, measuring tools, computer systems, health and safety procedures, and professional communication skills that are commonly requested in candidates. At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to interview with the partner employers and compete for potential job openings in their organizations. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Communications Industry

Graphic Designer

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Certificate

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Immersive reality technology is more attainable than ever before. Augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) represent a growing technology trend in training and development, gaming, marketing, and more. In this certificate program, you will learn how to plan, design, and create VR and AR apps and 360° videos using Unity, C#, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other industry-standard tools. Explore immersive reality concepts and the coding necessary to develop basic and advanced level experiences in a hands-on, project-driven way that gives you more practical experiences in the development process. You’ll leave the course with a personal portfolio that will provide a foundation to use as you continue your immersive reality development. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Graphic Communications Tech, A.A.S

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The Graphic Communication Technology program prepares students for employment in the technical design and production area of the graphic communication industry. Following an introduction to the graphics industry, the core program develops students practical knowledge and provides hands-on experience with current standards in graphic communication. Students learn design, layout, image manipulation and illustration principles to applying final graphics used in 2D design, print, web and motion graphics, plus receive extensive experience working on Apple computers using industry standard software from Adobe.

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Graphic Design Certificate

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Learn the software every graphic designer needs to know: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students will prepare digital images, illustrations, and layouts and learn how to address the elements of color, typography, composition, and visual identity. Hands-on projects focus on essential skills and provide experience in professional graphic design project scenarios. Class assignments include photo editing and collage, display advertising, logo design, poster design, form design, magazine covers, promotional design, book design, and more. Graphic artists and designers with a range of technical, drawing, and design skills are valuable members of work teams in a variety of industries. Many artists have also discovered the joys of freelance design and graphic development work. Tuition includes all textbooks. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Unity Game Design Certificate

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Learn about design and development of games you see and use for mobile and computer platforms. Throughout the course, you will learn the fundamentals of C# programming in the Unity engine as you develop elements for both a 2D side-scrolling and 3D first-person game. At the end of the program, you will have completed a full 2D game ready for primetime, created a functional start to a 3D first-person style game, and gained the knowledge it takes to continue down the road of game design and development in Unity. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Web Design Certificate

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For those looking to add basic web skills to careers in marketing, graphic design, computer support, or management. Students study several of the core courses from the web technologies degree program, but without the advanced emphasis areas or general education components.The web design certificate begins with basic courses, but then adds courses in the customization of content management systems for blogging and ecommerce.

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Web Designer Certificate

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Learn the latest techniques and best practices to build a solid HTML5/CSS3 website. The Web Designer Certificate will guide you through client-side website development, from the planning stages and fundamentals through the process of creating a finished, semantically built, mobile-first, responsive, Web-ready product. You’ll learn what all those terms mean, plus how to research, organize, create, and test website designs using simple principles and a combination of free and commercial software. Learn the basics of creating and using graphics and multimedia to complement your site. Students need to be computer literate and efficient in Internet browsing or search engine use. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Web Development Certificate

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Over the last thirty years, the world has dramatically changed with the creation of the World Wide Web. This change has come from the hands of millions of well-paid web developers using a wide array of rapidly-changing technologies. Web developers are highly sought professionals with a multitude of career opportunities. Learn the skills necessary to embark on a new career in web development, expand your current career into the dynamic world of cloud technologies, or update your current skills to take advantage of some of the latest web development practices. Students need to be computer literate and efficient in Internet browsing or search engine use. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Software Developer

Web Development Certificate

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Over the last thirty years, the world has dramatically changed with the creation of the World Wide Web. This change has come from the hands of millions of well-paid web developers using a wide array of rapidly-changing technologies. Web developers are highly sought professionals with a multitude of career opportunities. Learn the skills necessary to embark on a new career in web development, expand your current career into the dynamic world of cloud technologies, or update your current skills to take advantage of some of the latest web development practices. Students need to be computer literate and efficient in Internet browsing or search engine use. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Manufacturing Industry

Electro-Mechanical Technician

Automation and Instrumentation Technology, A.A.S

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Gear up for a broad range of careers in industrial automation and process control with Kirkwood’s Automation and Instrumentation Technologies program.
Our industry-guided curriculum combines with practical hands-on lab experience, where you’ll use state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge simulation software.

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Industrial Engineering Technician

CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S

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In Kirkwood's CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology program, you'll have access to cutting-edge computer design programs and will even have the chance to design and test real products. Through classroom and immersive lab experiences, you'll learn engineering fundamentals and the means of conveying design intent from drawing layouts and symbols through geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

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Machinist

CNC Machining, A.A.S

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The two-year A.A.S. Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining provides instruction in the manufacturing of precision parts and products. The traditional production machinist role has changed to the type of production machining that requires many set-ups for short runs to meet just-in-time delivery demands of customers. CNC students study quality control methods known as statistical process control. Special quality control equipment, such as coordinate measuring machines, are taught in this program. An introduction to advanced automated production methods is also included.

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CNC Machinist Certificate

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This short-term training program for CNC Machining explores the basics of machining, hand tools, safety, maintenance, drawings, manual machines, and layout. Students will learn manual and CNC milling practices and CNC lathe turning practices, as well as utilize applied mathematics, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving. Hands-on experience and practical applications are included. By the end of the course, students will take an exam to earn a National Incident Management System (NIMS) credential. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician

Electronics Engineering Technology, A.A.S

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Our program balances theory and practical application to help you design, test, analyze, operate, and troubleshoot complex electronic systems. You'll be provided with hands-on training including experience with LabView®, a graphic-based programming language used by many of the major technology-based employers for data acquisition, process control, and automated test instrumentation.

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Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Industrial Maintenance Technology, A.A.S

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The Industrial Maintenance Technology program prepares students for a broad range of industrial maintenance related careers using industry guided curriculum combined with practical hands-on labs.

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Transportation Industry

Auto Body Technician

Automotive Collision Technology Diploma

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The Automotive Collision Repair is a one-year diploma program that teaches students: The theory and practices of metal forming and shaping
Body fillers, frame straightening and repair Uni-body straightening and repairs, refinishing procedures, paints and paint chemistry, equipment use and care, cost estimating and customer relations skills are also emphasized. A majority of class time is devoted to practical laboratory experience in the college’s Auto Collision Repair Center.

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Auto Mechanic

Automotive Technology, A.A.S

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Rev up your career with Kirkwood's Automotive Technology program. This two-year degree provides entry-level skills and knowledge for tomorrows automotive technicians. The curriculum emphasizes automotive electronics. You’ll learn about body electrical, engine electrical, and computerized fuel delivery systems. The program is also Master™-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and our instructors are certified Master Technicians by the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence (ASE).

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Aircraft Mechanic

Aviation Maintenance Technology

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Our two-year program includes hands-on instruction at an airplane hangar at the Eastern Iowa Airport, as well as classes at Kirkwood. You will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or certificate, depending on which education path you choose. Upon passing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exam, you can seek employment with national or regional air carriers, government contractors, large aircraft engine or component overhaul facilities, or small local maintenance facilities.

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Truck Driver

Class A CDL Professional Driving Certificate

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After taking this four-week, short-term training program, students can earn a good living driving a semi. Learn the safe driving skills necessary to get a Class A CDL in Iowa and a well-paying job. The program includes both classroom instruction as well as hands-on training in our specialized truck driving range. Tuition includes books, backing and skills training, and coaching the professional driver training, along with testing with certified Iowa DOT examiners at our site. This course is a certified program through the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI). Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Truck Technology, A.A.S

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The Diesel Truck Technology program gives graduates training in diesel truck and diesel-powered equipment maintenance and repair.

Courses include engine overhaul, welding, electronics, air conditioning, powertrains, mechanical and electronic fuel systems, air brakes, truck and trailer suspensions, and trailer service and repair.

Courses include engine overhaul, welding, air conditioning, powertrains, power shift and hydrostatic transmissions, electronics, mechanical and electronic fuel systems, hydraulics, combine operation, and servicing.

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Healthcare Industry

Surgical Technologist

Central Sterilization Technician

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Central sterilization service technicians provide support to all patient care services in a wide variety of healthcare facilities. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery. Most healthcare workers are considered essential, but few are as fundamentally important as sterile processing technicians. In this short-term program, students will learn in an engaging classroom setting, then apply those skills to the clinical experience at a local healthcare facility. The curriculum of this program follows the requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), the leading authority on training and certification in the field.

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Surgical Technology Diploma

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Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The laboratory portion of the program, which reinforces concepts learned in class, is held in operating suites at area hospitals or the surgical technology lab at Kirkwood. Students have clinical experiences in hospitals and actively participate on operating room teams during surgery while clinical preceptors oversee their work.

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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Diploma

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Dental assistants help the dentist at chairside and also perform functions such as polishing teeth, taking X-rays, mixing materials, and sterilizing instruments. Some assistants also manage the office and patient accounts, schedule appointments, and purchase supplies. During this one-year program, you will gain classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experience by working with patients at the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa and in private dental offices.
You have the option to earn your one-year diploma first, then go on to take additional courses to earn your associate's degree.

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Dental Technology, A.A.S

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Kirkwood's Dental Technology program one of only 13 accredited programs in the nation and the only one in Iowa — prepares you in five specialty areas: dentures, partial dentures, ceramics, orthodontics, and crowns and bridges. The goal and challenge for a dental technician is to create a restoration that is a perfect match to a patient’s natural tooth. Artistic and creative abilities are valuable assets for a dental technician. During your training, you'll work with commercial dental laboratories, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and the UI Hospitals & Clinics' Hospital Dentistry to gain hands-on experience.

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Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygiene, A.A.S

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Dental hygienists help prevent, detect, and treat diseases of the mouth, playing a key role in the pursuit of optimal patient health via education and treatment planning. Hygienists work independently with patients.
Dental hygienists remove calculus deposits and stains from teeth, polish teeth, apply sealants and fluoride, take X-rays, record medical and dental histories, and educate patients on how proper brushing, flossing, and eating habits can help maintain a healthy mouth.

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Radiology Technician

Diagnostic Assistant, A.A.S

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The Diagnostic Assistant degree is designed for Radiologic Technology students in partnership with the Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology.
The two-year radiologic technology technical program is taught through Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology. The program begins each summer and has a separate application process. There are prerequisite college courses required prior to this application.
You'll complete your prerequisite courses at Kirkwood to become eligible to apply for the Mercy/St. Luke's School of Radiologic Technology program. After you complete a portion of the program, you'll transfer those credits back to Kirkwood to receive your degree.

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Cardiovascular Technician

EKG Technician Training Course

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This 60-hour course will prepare you to enter the healthcare profession, or enhance your current level of training, as an EKG technician. An EKG technician is a medical professional trained in operating specialized equipment used to measure the heart’s performance. EKG technicians work directly with patients, administer tests, and provide the resulting data to the appropriate medical staff for analysis. Students will learn important practice and background information on the anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal aspects of patient contact. Students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs, including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine and other clinical practices. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Vet Technician

Master Equine Management Certificate

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Turn your passion for horses into a career. This program will provide both classroom and hands-on horse management techniques that are essential whether you’re a horse owner, trainer, stable manager, farm employee, groom, or are looking to expand your horse knowledge. Over the course of this certificate program, you will learn about common equine health issues, reproductive care for both the mare and stallion including artificial insemination protocols, how to recognize and treat various lameness issues, and the importance of nutrients and proper feeding for horses at various life stages. A capstone class will wrap up the certificate program where students will tour successful horse operations and develop a business plan. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Veterinary Assisting Diploma

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As a Veterinary Assistant student, you'll prepare for a career working with animals in a variety of settings such as veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, and grooming salons. You'll study animal diseases and disease prevention, small animal pharmacology, pet grooming, kennel management, animal behavior, nutrition, legal principles, human relations, and communication.

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Veterinary Technology, A.A.S

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Veterinary technicians provide professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and other scientists.
They also care for hospitalized patients; assist doctors in surgery; perform physical exams, lab work, and technical procedures; take health histories and X-rays; and more.
At Kirkwood, you'll learn to work with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, birds, snakes, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rats.
You'll need a strong passion for biological sciences to succeed as a veterinary technician.

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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant Diploma

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Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals who work in ambulatory settings, where they perform administrative and clinical duties.
It’s a job for people who are organized, interested in helping patients, and have excellent communication skills and a team-oriented attitude.
As a medical assisting student, you’ll master a complex body of knowledge and develop specialized skills with a combination of classroom, laboratory, and computer experience, plus a practicum in an ambulatory care clinic.
You'll earn your one-year diploma first, then take additional courses to earn your associate's degree.

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Ophthalmic Assistant

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This short-term program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a valued member of the eye care team. Ophthalmic assistants work in hospital, clinic, or office settings under the supervision of a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist. Students will learn the specific duties of the ophthalmic assistant, such as identifying common clinical eye disorders and ocular diseases, assisting in surgical procedures, understanding medications, and utilizing medical instruments. A two-week, 80-hour clinical experience will be held immediately following the classroom portion to practice and apply hands-on experience at an eye care clinic.

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Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S

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You can play a vital role in the healthcare industry as a medical laboratory technician (MLT). Medical laboratory technicians perform, evaluate, and assure the accuracy of laboratory test information and collaborate in patient diagnosis, treatment, and therapy. As an MLT graduate, you’ll be able to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, private reference laboratories, research, biotechnology, public health, non-clinical industrial laboratories, and sales or technical services.

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Medical Records and Health Information Technician

Medical Office Insurance Today

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Understanding health insurance is a vital component of working in a medical office. In this 44-hour course, come discover, discuss, and learn to master the complex issues of health insurance in today’s society. Gain insight on the history of health insurance and how it has changed and evolved over time. Extended instruction and practice will focus on the claims process, covering both the universal paper claim form (the CLS-1500), and the electronic claims procedure, as well as understanding HIPAA law and application to the course content. Students either pursuing a medical administrative career or looking for a refresher will benefit from this instructor-led course followed by immediate scenario-based application. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529

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Medical Office Professional Certificate

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Our Medical Office Professional Certificate is designed for individuals in administrative support roles in a medical office setting who want to be exceptional. Medical office professionals are often the heart and soul of successful medical practices, functioning as the voice and face of a company. They are communicators, organizers, facilitators, and so much more. Become empowered to take on this valuable role as you learn how to use applicable Microsoft Office programs and increase your skills and competencies as a medical office professional. Learn effective techniques for communicating in a medical office, the skills required for the delivery of excellent customer service, and how to manage the unique needs of a medical office. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Medication Aide

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The purpose of this 60-hour course is to prepare individuals to safely administer non-parenteral medications in agencies/facilities licensed by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA). With a strong emphasis on safe administration practices, students are provided with classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to assist in achieving the course competencies. By the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to take the Medication Aide State Exam to earn a certification in the state of Iowa. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Certified Nursing Assistant

Nurse Aide Training

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This course is designed to meet the training requirements for the nurse aide in long-term care facilities. Emphasis is placed on achieving a basic level of knowledge of the resident, and demonstrating skills to provide safe and effective resident care. Students will have the benefit of utilizing a classroom environment as well as hands-on clinical instruction at a local long-term care facility. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to take the State Skills Test and the State Written Exam in order to be placed on the Direct Care Worker’s Registry in the state of Iowa. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S

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Occupational therapy assistants have a hands-on role in helping patients of all ages learn skills to lead independent lives. As an occupational therapy assistant, you’ll work with an occupational therapist to help people find new ways to succeed. At Kirkwood, you’ll learn the skills you need to work as an occupational therapy assistant from experienced, caring instructors and utilize state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll be well-prepared to take the national board exam, where Kirkwood’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program has a consistent 100 percent pass rate.

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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technology Diploma

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Our program focuses on training you to be a competent, knowledgeable, and dependable pharmacy technician in a busy community retail or hospital pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians, under the supervision of a pharmacist, assists in day-to-day pharmacy operations. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals or retail pharmacies receiving written prescriptions, taking prescription refill requests, preparing intravenous medications, operating computer and automation systems, applying prescription and auxiliary labels to medication bottles, pricing and controlling inventory, and preparing insurance claim forms.

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Phlebotomist

Phlebotomist Training Course

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This course will prepare you to enter the health care profession as a phlebotomist. The phlebotomist is an important member of the health care team whose responsibility is to facilitate safe collection and transportation of blood and other laboratory specimens. The student will learn anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, medical terminology, customer service skills, and equipment techniques utilizing vacuum collection devices and syringes. Following the comprehensive classroom training, students will participate in a two-week, hands-on clinical experience to demonstrate their learned skills and knowledge in the medical environment. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant, A.A.S

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Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) help physical therapists provide important services to people with disabilities and those recovering from injuries.
The PTA carries out the plan of care created by the physical therapist (PT), monitors the patient’s progress, and documents the care the patient receives.
As a PTA, you'll provide treatments in strengthening, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, exercise, balance activities, functional training, gait training, modalities and other therapeutic interventions, as well as patient and caregiver education.

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Nurse - LPN / LVN

Practical Nursing Diploma

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Use your passion for caring to achieve your dream of becoming a nurse who makes a difference – at Kirkwood we can help you get there sooner than you might think! In just one year, you can learn how to combine your compassion as a helper and a healer with the latest in healthcare science and technology. Take these skills with you to make a life-changing difference for patients in need. Nursing is projected to be one of the fastest-growing career fields in the next 10 years. Let our one-year Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program help you start a bright future.

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Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S

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Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring, and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems.
Respiratory therapists administer oxygen, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manage mechanical ventilators, administer medications, monitor cardiopulmonary systems, and measure lung function. Our curriculum sets you up for a success with a wide range of classroom, laboratory and hospital-based clinical experiences at area hospitals and in-home health.

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Public Service Industry

Police Officer

Criminal Justice, A.A.S

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Examine issues relating to crime, law, and justice. You’ll learn to analyze situations and events in a logical way, organize the parts of a problem effectively, appreciate diversity, work with a wide cross-section of the community, and believe in your abilities and judgment – all while recognizing your personal limitations and developmental needs. Go straight into the workforce to begin your career in this exciting field after graduation, or if you're interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to continue your studies, take a look at our Liberal Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

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Criminal Justice, A.A.S

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Examine issues relating to crime, law, and justice. You’ll learn to analyze situations and events in a logical way, organize the parts of a problem effectively, appreciate diversity, work with a wide cross-section of the community, and believe in your abilities and judgment – all while recognizing your personal limitations and developmental needs. Go straight into the workforce to begin your career in this exciting field after graduation, or if you're interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to continue your studies, take a look at our Liberal Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

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Correctional Officer

Criminal Justice, A.A.S

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Examine issues relating to crime, law, and justice. You’ll learn to analyze situations and events in a logical way, organize the parts of a problem effectively, appreciate diversity, work with a wide cross-section of the community, and believe in your abilities and judgment – all while recognizing your personal limitations and developmental needs. Go straight into the workforce to begin your career in this exciting field after graduation, or if you're interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to continue your studies, take a look at our Liberal Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

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Preschool Teacher

Early Childhood Education, A.A.S

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As an Early Childhood Education student at Kirkwood, you’ll learn how to make an impact on the next generation of learners.
You'll participate in a variety of community early childhood programs, including Head Start centers, kindergarten classrooms, voluntary four-year-old programs, and child care centers. We encourage experience in inclusive and diverse settings.
Classes focus on the care and education of young children where you will gain knowledge about child development, nutrition, safety, and appropriate childhood curriculum and environments.
With this Associate of Applied Science (AAS) track, you can graduate and go straight into the workforce. If you're planning on transferring to another college or university to continue your education, choose the Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

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EMTs and Paramedics

Emergency Medical Responder

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This program is ideal for students who wish to learn the skills and be certified at the level of Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). Learn basic emergency stabilization skills for the sick and injured prior to the arrival of an ambulance or rescue squad. At the end of the program, the student will perform practical testing and take the National Registry of EMT (NREMT) Cognitive Exam in order to become certified as a National and State Certified EMR. Ready to learn more? Complete our information form at www.kirkwood.edu/ce_certificatesform or contact a student advisor today at ceadvising@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5529.

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Emergency Medical Technician Certifcate

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EMTs provide life-saving care for critical and emergent patients. These allied health professionals rely on critical thinking skills to rapidly assess, treat, and stabilize injured or ill patients while providing transport to or between hospitals. At Kirkwood, you’ll learn the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation in an incredible learning environment that puts you into the settings where EMTs work. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to work in ground or air ambulances, emergency departments, critical care units, or cardiac cath labs.

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Paramedic, A.A.S

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Paramedics provide life-saving care for critical and emergent patients. These allied health professionals rely on critical thinking skills to rapidly assess, treat, and stabilize injured or ill patients while providing transport to or between hospitals. At Kirkwood, you’ll learn the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation in an incredible learning environment that puts you into the settings where paramedics work. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to work in ground or air ambulances, emergency departments, critical care units, or cardiac cath labs.

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Firefighter

Entry Level Firefighter, A.A.S

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The Entry-level Firefighter curriculum provides the skills sought by entry-level firefighters. Recent high school graduates or volunteers can use this program to improve their employment prospects in this profession.

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Firefighter I Certifcate

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The Entry-level Firefighter curriculum provides the skills sought by entry-level firefighters. Recent high school graduates or volunteers can use this program to improve their employment prospects in this profession.

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Firefighter II Certifcate

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The Entry-level Firefighter curriculum provides the skills sought by entry-level firefighters. Recent high school graduates or volunteers can use this program to improve their employment prospects in this profession.

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Social Services Assistant

Human Services, A.A.S

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The Human Services program prepares you to professionally help others. You’ll learn how to take on the complexity of other human beings, leading you to a rewarding career making a positive impact on others’ well-being.
We focus on exploring and understanding human behaviors, social policy, social programs, communication, record keeping, interviewing, observing, group resources, and problem solving.
Plus, Kirkwood has direct connections to local community agencies, linking you to real-world, hands-on experience and special observation opportunities within the human services field.
We also offer a Human Services-Liberal Arts degree for transfer to a four-year college or university, as well as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Educational Track.

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Teacher Assistant

Paraeducator Certifcate

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Do you love working with kids? Becoming a paraeducator could be a great fit for you! Paraeducators are school employees who help teachers or other licensed professionals by performing tasks that enhance learning.
As a paraeducator, you'll work under the supervision of educators who design, implement, and assess instruction. Paraeducators are also called paraprofessionals, teacher associates, or teacher aides.

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Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Paralegal Studies, A.A.S

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Paralegals are team players who play a crucial role in the legal profession by assisting attorneys in all areas of the law. Attorneys can delegate any legal work to paralegals except tasks that involve giving legal advice or representing clients in court, so a well-rounded education is vital for paralegals.
Kirkwood’s Paralegal Studies program will prepare you for entry-level positions in the paralegal profession, and it can also give you the credentials you need to further your career if you’re already employed in legal work.
Obtaining a job-ready A.A. or A.A.S. degree can also serve as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree and law school.

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Hospitality Industry

Chef and Head Cook

Culinary Arts, A.A.S

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Learn culinary arts in a real-world setting. From day one you will get hands-on training and gain practical experience in management, food preparation, and service.

Field trips to various food service establishments and an optional trip to the industry’s national convention are also included in the course of study. International travel and education opportunities are available for culinary students.

Because this program is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission, graduates are provided with an opportunity for nationally-recognized certification upon completion of the program.

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Kitchen Manager

Hospitality Management, A.A.S

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The goal of this program is to prepare students to work in entry-level leadership positions, such as supervisors and assistant managers, in the hospitality industry. There continues to be strong industry demand for college-educated individuals who have practical work experience in hospitality operations. Students in this program will get the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of a successful full-service facility by gaining practical training experience at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

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Food Service Manager

Hospitality Management, A.A.S

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The goal of this program is to prepare students to work in entry-level leadership positions, such as supervisors and assistant managers, in the hospitality industry. There continues to be strong industry demand for college-educated individuals who have practical work experience in hospitality operations. Students in this program will get the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of a successful full-service facility by gaining practical training experience at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

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Energy Industry

Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Agriculture technology, A.A.S

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The Diesel Equipment Technology diploma program is a sequence

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Power Generation Technician

Diesel Agriculture technology, A.A.S

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The Diesel Equipment Technology diploma program is a sequence

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6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2068
United States

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