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Iowa Western Community College

Continuing Education Classes



Classes are offered in Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Clarinda, Harlan and Shenandoah. This course prepares you to give basic nursing care in a long term care setting, hospital or assisted living and is a pre-requisite for the IWCC nursing program. Visit CNA webpage for class schedule. This program is approved for FREE Education 2 Employment tuition assistance. Link to webpage

Driving Unimpaired (DUI)

This course is required for anyone convicted of driving under the influence, and it is authorized by the State of Iowa. Iowa Western Continuing Education offers classes monthly in Council Bluffs. Classes are also offered in Atlantic, Clarinda and Red Oak at various times. Attendance all days is required. Iowa Code requires that students must be 18 years of age to take this class. Fee $115

DRIVE 10*41          F, Jun 10 from 6-10 pm and S, Jun 11 from 8-5 pm     2 sessions
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Sterile Processing Technician - Online

Online! Start anytime! Learn proper techniques to clean and sterilize medical instruments and to understand microbiology and infection control methods. Learn the proper names and categories of medical instruments and how to properly transfer and store instruments to keep them contaminant-free. The 80 hour non-credit certificate program is offered entirely online. After successful completion of this online program students will be eligible to take one of the exams for national certification as a Sterile Processing Technician. Includes textbook, workbook, and fee for national exam. This program is approved for FREE Education 2 Employment tuition assistance. Fee $795
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Emergency Services

Iowa Western Community College offers Emergency Services career training in a hybrid format! The course lecture, discussions, quizzes and exams are done online. The class will meet in person for skills labs in Council Bluffs. For more information, contact jmayabb@iwcc.edu or visit the webpage.

  • Emergency Medical Technician: Hybrid
  • Advanced EMT Course: Hybrid
  • Paramedic: Hybrid


Home Inspection - Online

This online program covers the principal components of home inspection procedures and processes. Learn how to create a home inspection report that will detail the home's condition, including the heating and cooling systems, the plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and siding, and the framing and foundation. Fee $2295. For more information and to register, please click on this link:

HVACR - Online

This all-inclusive online training encompasses heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. The program is structured to provide an instruction on the skills necessary to installers and technicians who are either new to the industry or planning on expanding their knowledge and skills to advance in the industry. Fee $3795. For more information and to register, please click on this link:

Cosmetology CE Hours - Classroom

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Cosmetology Home Study - Online

Online! Start anytime!The Iowa Board of Cosmetology requires two hours of law. If you have hours from another source that did not include law, or if you are out of sequence for the two hours that you need, we are providing an independent home-study course consisting of a booklet and test, which we will send you. You will have 3 weeks to study the booklet and send the completed test back to us for grading. Upon passing, you will be sent a certificate awarding 2 hours of Law and Rules. Call 712.325.3255 or email ce@iwcc.edu. Fee $29

Essentials of Firefighting Departmental Training

Iowa Western Community College Continuing and Career Education Department and the Iowa Volunteer Firefighter Training Fund will be offering the Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 Courses throughout the region. We can bring a number of classes to your department. For more information, contact gbarrett@iwcc.edu.
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Mandatory Reporting - Online

Online! Start anytime! The Abuse Identification and Reporting for the Mandatory Reporter will fulfill the training requirement for mandatory reporters within six months of your hire date or self-employment in a specific occupation.
Thereafter, you must complete at least two hours of dependent adult, child abuse or the combined dependent/child abuse training every five years. After you register for the online course, you will have 90 days to complete the course. Link to register

Child Abuse Identification & Reporting for the Mandatory Reporter

#ABUSE 20, Approval #2301, Approved through 11/29/16. Credit: .24 CEUs; 2.4 Contact Hours.   Fee $30

Dependent Adult Abuse Identification & Reporting for the Mandatory Reporter

#ABUSE 21, Approval #2300, Approved through 11/29/16. Credit: .24 CEUs; 2.4 Contact Hours.   Fee $30

Child/Dependent Adult Combined Abuse Identification and Reporting
for the Mandatory Reporter

#ABUSE 22, Approval #2302, Approved through 11/29/16. Credit: .35 CEUs; 3.5 Contact Hours.   Fee $30

Online Learning for Personal and Professional Enrichment

Online! Start anytime! Whether you want to improve your skills for your current career, study for a new career, or develop skills for your favorite pastime, these courses can help. You can take these online courses from the comfort of your home or office at times that work for you. Over 300 online courses available! Register online at www.ed2go.com/iwcc. Popular classes:

  • Genealogy Basics
  • Introduction to PC Security
  • A to Z Grantwriting
  • Introduction to QuickBooks
  • How to Get Started in Game Development
  • Teaching Preschool: A Year of Inspiring Lessons
  • Introduction to Interior Design