NCC board to restrict carpentry program

Northwest Iowa Community College vice president of operations and finance Mark Brown, NCC board of trustees secretary Laura Nachtigal, NCC president Alethea Stubbe and NCC board vice president Adam Besaw meet with the rest of the board via teleconference.

SHELDON—The Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees stopped enrollment in the carpentry and construction technology program during a special meeting on Monday, April 15.

Enrollment in the program is technically being called “restricted,” meaning it is unavailable, and will remain so indefinitely.

“However, if the enrollment potential were to improve, then we would consider the possibility of readmitting students into our carpentry programs,” said John Hartog, vice president of student and academic services. “In the shorter term, we are also open to the possibility of some focused, noncredit industry training if student interest should demand it.”

The program had no enrollment during the 2018-19 academic year and averaged just four graduates per year since 2006-07. The carpentry program was closed 2002-05, but was restarted with the construction technology degree added.

“There’s a great need for carpenters; so great that individuals — high school or adults — can join the carpentry workforce without any certification, diplomas or degrees, and employers readily hire and train them on the job,” said NCC president Alethea Stubbe. “We still have only three to four committed students for next year, so that trend has not changed.

“We’d all say it’s difficult to restrict admission to a program, but some would say we probably held on longer than we probably should have in hoping for higher enrollment,” said board president Larry Hoekstra.

Due to the program being halted, instructor Ryan Cannoy will be terminated on May 10. Cannoy was notified on April 5 that his termination would be recommended to the board, in compliance with Iowa Code Chapter 279. He has been employed with the college for more than 13 years.

A temporary home for the automotive and diesel technology program has been found. The board approved the relocation of the program to 1204 Golf Course Road in Rock Valley. The property is owned by Montana 1204 LLC.

The temporary location in Rock Valley was home to Rock Valley Rent-All, a tools and construction equipment retailer, until the business closed on Oct. 31, 2017.

NCC will begin renting the property May 1. The date for moving the program out of the Rock Valley location is tentatively set for Aug. 31, 2020.

Building D, which houses the automotive and diesel technology program, will be renovated during this time.

The college will open bids for the Building D project at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Board members will hold a public hearing to discuss the bids at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, May 6, via teleconference.