Iowa BioDevelopment (IBD), a research and training arm of Regional Economic Advancement, focuses on agricultural bioprocessing, biofuels, and bioprocess laboratory technologies. IBD provides high quality training and support services for these business sectors and contributes to economic growth through workforce development, offering the following services.
Iowa BioDevelopment provides high quality training for existing employees of bioprocessing, biofuel, and value-added agricultural companies. Although we provide standardized training courses, our expertise is in developing custom training for businesses based on their individual needs, schedules, and specific applications.
Outreach and Education
Iowa BioDevelopment has educational outreach programs for K–12 students, teachers (secondary and post-secondary), and the public on biotechnology, biofuels, and bioprocessing technologies, principles, and career opportunities. Recruiting, educating, and training a skilled workforce is key to long–term economic development in these business sectors. We accomplish this with activities and programs that spark student interest and imagination and that provide educational tools for teachers.
Outreach Activities and Opportunites
Iowa BioDevelopment supports start–up and emerging companies in the bioprocessing, biofuel, and value-added agricultural business sectors. Technical assistance may include preliminary research for new product development or consultations to help design research, conduct investigations, or develop new products.
Technical Assistance Program
Iowa Bioprocess Training Center
The Iowa Bioprocess Training Center (IBTC) is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility designed specifically to serve bioprocessing industries through training, technical assistance, and workforce development. It was built in 2002 via partnerships with both public and private entities.
The Iowa Bioprocess Training Center is located in the Iowa Bioprocessing Center (IBC) in Eddyville, Iowa. The IBC consists four international companies representing and investing more than $1.5 billion. A Cargill corn milling plant serves as the hub of this complex where companies cluster together to transform the by-products of corn into a variety of consumer products through high-tech biomanufacturing processes.
Facilities and Equipment | Map and Directions
Indian Hills Community College offers two degree programs designed to prepare students to begin careers in the agricultural bioprocessing industry. Iowa BioDevelopment works closely with both of these programs, especially for technical assistance and outreach, to provide a complete
training and outreach experience.
The Biofuel Technician Certification Program is a three-track, online program that allows you to start at any time that fits your schedule and to study at your own pace. (Note: Approximately three months allowed for completion of all three tracks.) Each course has a unit test that ensures content comprehension before advancing the student to the next unit. Upon completion of all three tracks (equaling 31 contact hours), and a final examination grade of 70% or better, you will receive three Continuing Education Units (CEU) and a Certificate of Completion from Indian Hills Community College. Biofuel Technician Certification Program
Current Grant Funded Initiatives
- Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
“Online Biofuels Curriculum and Assessment Tools for Instructors,” a grant from the United States Department of Education (Award# P116Z090318) in partnership with Kirkwood Community College.
- Growing Rural Iowa’s Bioenergy Workforce
A grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (Award# 2009-38450-20296).
- Creating Career Pathways for the Bioprocessing and Biofuels Industry
Supported by the National Science Foundation (Award# 1002778) as part of Indian Hills Community College's “Advanced Technology Education” initiative. Download Project Resources (ZIP FILE).
Iowa Bioprocess Training Center
17601 Monroe-Wapello Road
Eddyville, IA 52553
phone: (641) 969-4167 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1982