New Highway 7 Bus Service Starts Fall 2017

by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 11/11/2016


As a community grows economically so does its Community College. Iowa Central Community College continues its commitment towards growing a skilled work force in Buena Vista & Pocahontas counties.

Iowa Central’s next step in local work force development is a new Highway 7 Corridor Round Trip Bus Service from Alta to the Iowa Central Career & Technical Campus in Fort Dodge beginning Fall of 2017. The purpose of the new service is to provide people from Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties easier access to the local High-Demand High-Wage Career & Technical Training Programs located there. The bus will stop in Alta, Storm Lake, Newell, Fonda, Pomeroy and Manson daily.

According to data from Iowa Workforce Development local Buena Vista & Pocahontas County high-demand high-wage career openings are in the fields of Health Care Occupations, Agricultural Technology, Computer Networking, Diesel Technology, Electrical/Mechanical Technology, Accounting, Process Technology, Industrial Robotics, Biotechnology, Commercial Truck Driving, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Technology and Computer Integrated Fabrication Technology. All of these high-demand high-wage career & technical programs will be more easily accessed by our Buena Vista and Pocahontas county residents via the new Iowa Central Highway 7 Corridor Round Trip Bus Service slated to start in the fall 2017 semester.

 “The reality is that the majority of local high-demand high-wage jobs in our local Storm Lake Buena Vista/Pocahontas County service area require a career ready certificate or a two year career & technical degree. There really are a number of living wage local jobs in these areas,” states Dan Anderson, Iowa Central Storm Lake Center Director. “We have to get that message out there, not only to adults looking to start a new career, but also to high school students and parents, so they better understand the local career choice diamonds that are available for area residents right in their own backyards.”

Anderson credits the new Bus Service interest — in part — to growing attention on the local high-demand high-wage career program value of a community college education and the rising concern around student debt.

“More adults and local parents are discovering that it’s important to gain local marketable skills and to remain as debt free as possible.” Anderson continues, “Many young adults can’t relocate to a large Career & Technical Training campus due to family, work or financial commitments. The Bus Service will now allow interested adults to be back in their homes each night without the need of reliable transportation and at a very affordable cost.

For more information contact:
Sara Scharf at 1-800-362-2793 Ext. 1005