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Production Specialist

Are you interested in joining the number one business sector in Iowa? Throughout Iowa, and in our region, advanced manufacturers are top employers. With very competitive wages, and great benefit packages, advanced manufacturing is a great industry to choose when looking to grow your career.

The Production Specialist program is designed to help you get your foot in the door at a variety of local employers. If you are new to the industry, help your resume stand out from the competition by completing this 12-week certificate program.

As part of the Production Specialist program you will earn the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential. This is a nationally recognized credential that is certified by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). In order to earn the credential you will study four different areas: Safety & Employability, Manufacturing Processes & Production, Quality Practices & Measurement, & Maintenance Awareness. Your study will involve a combination of online coursework with lecture and hands-on skill practice. At the end of each unit you will take an online test. After successfully passing all four, you are officially a Certified Production Technician. (Learn more about the individual units here: http://www.msscusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/CPT-Key-Activities.pdf 

In addition to earning the CPT credential, you will also earn a Production Specialist certificate from Indian Hills’. This locally recognized certificate showcases to area employers that you have also spent time working on: employability skills, blueprint reading, identification and use of basic hand tools, personal finance skills and safe hoisting and rigging. You will also walk away from the program with your OSHA 10 certification.

Students who showcase perfect attendance and timeliness during the program will also earn an extra endorsement on their Production Specialist certificate that highlights this commitment. Area employers are eager to hire graduates that commit to showing up every day on time.

Program Details:

Program Length: 12 weeks
Tuition: $3,299 – You may qualify for 100% tuition assistance, contact Melissa!
Schedule: Monday & Tuesday; 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (with an half hour break for lunch)
Next Start Date: Monday, March 15, 2021  (Course ends June 17, 2021)

Tuition Assistance: Melissa Neher
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 641-683-5285

Program Instructor: Cole Payne
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 641-683-5111, x1868

Course Details: 

Sept 14 - Dec 09
T/TH, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Ottumwa Campus, ATC Bld Room 111A
Registration Deadline: Tue, Sept 14, 12:00PM

Follow the link below to our new site to register!

Certificate Programs

Certified Production Technician (CPT) 4.0 – (144 hours)  
Navigating the Journey to Success – (14 hours)  
Adapters, Tools & Measurements – (18 hours)
OSHA 10 for General Industry - (10 hours)  
Print Reading for Manufacturing Processes – (8 hours)
Hoisting and Rigging Fundamentals – (4 hours)
Resume Building & Interview Skills – (6 hours)
Personal Finance – (8 hours)


Meet Cole Payne

Cole Payne joined the Indian Hills team in March of 2020. He will be the primary instructor for the Production Specialist certificate program and also assists with the high school welding academy in the afternoon.

Cole graduated from Ottumwa High School and then attended Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied Mig, Tig, and Pipe welding. After completing his training in Tulsa, Cole moved back to the area and started work at Vermeer Corporation in Pella, IA.

Cole started his career at Vermeer in the production welding department and then moved into a position on the safety team. From there he spent 6-years in the engineering department as an Engineering Technician. Cole’s various experiences at Vermeer have given him a solid foundation to help others learn what it takes to be successful in an advanced manufacturing environment.

Cole is excited to begin working with students in the Production Specialist program. He said, “I look forward to introducing students to a variety of topics that will help them launch successful careers in the advanced manufacturing environment. While this course does utilize online curriculum, I plan on also making the course very interactive and incorporating as much discussion and hands-on practice as we can.”

cole_profileCole Payne, Instructor, Certified Production Technician & Welding Technician
Indian Hills Community College

Phone: (641) 683-5111, x1868 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1868
Email: [email protected] 

Financial Service Certificate

Are you interested in gaining an entry level position in the banking, financial services or insurance industries? Then the Financial Services Certificate is for you! After completing this 16-week certificate program, you will have opportunity to take the Securities Industries Essentials (SIE) exam which is administered and accredited by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).

In addition to coursework designed to prepare you for the SIE exam, you will also take classes to help you with business writing and etiquette, customer service skills, keyboarding skills, and Microsoft Excel and Outlook. In both Excel and Outlook, you will have the chance to earn certificates endorsed by Microsoft, which demonstrate your skill with these programs to future employers.  

Courses included in the Financial Services Certificate:


Keyboarding Skill Development – (16 hours Online)  
SIE Exam Prep – (60 hours)  
Office Fundamentals – (40 hours)
Excel – (24 hours Online)  
Outlook – (24 hours Online)
Personal Finance – (8 hours)
Resume Building & Interview Skills – (8 hours)

Tuition for the course is $2,690. This includes all course materials, plus exam fees. It also includes transportation for the class to take the SIE exam in Des Moines. (Students unable to take the exam on the scheduled day, must make their own travel arrangements for testing.) You can also just take one, two or more of the individual courses listed.

To learn more about the program, or to register, contact the Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions office at (641) 683-5249 or [email protected] 

If you would like to find out about financial aid for the program, please contact Michelle Russell-Graham at (641) 683-5285 or [email protected]