Agribusiness Equipment Technician (AET)
This could be a case where bigger really is better! We’re talking really big – like tractors, combines, and more. A unique collaboration between the Muscatine Community College Agriculture program and Scott Community College Diesel Technology program, this new program prepares students to enter a career in the Ag equipment field as a sales/service technician.
“A graduate of this program will be able to enter a two-directional career path,” explains Paul Martin, MCC Ag Department faculty member. “One path specializes in sales and the human side of the equipment world and one path that specializes in the highly skilled area of mechanics technology.” He adds that recent career data indicates job growth in the future with this degree. “Students can benefit by becoming employable in the sales area as well.”
The tradition of students being able to experience actual work experience in the EICC Ag and Diesel Technology programs continues with this new degree. While at Muscatine Community College, students in the AET program will take courses in Employment Experience gaining meaningful on-the-job training and get paid. While finishing at Scott Community College, students will be assisted in finding a cooperative work experience with a local company.
For more information, visit eicc.edu/agcareers
Culinary and Hospitality Management Programs Expand to Muscatine Community College
Two standout programs at Scott Community College are now expanding to include teaching locations in the Muscatine Community College area – featuring the site of the former Button Factory Restaurant in downtown Muscatine.
Both programs include direct on-the-job training. Since 1991, the Culinary program has operated in conjunction with the Chefs de Cuisine Association of the Quad Cities. Beginning in 2017 the program will expand to Muscatine Community College. Apprentices work at one of the chapter’s 65 approved apprenticeship sites under the supervision of the executive chef to complete a total of 6,000 hours on the job. The apprentice takes general education requirement classes and classes in culinary arts at Scott Community College, Muscatine Community College and other selected class sites.
In addition to working in some of the area’s finest restaurants and hotels, the programs offer unique learning labs – a facility on the SCC campus that rivals the production kitchens featured on food/cooking based shows like “Chopped” or “Iron Chef”, and now the use of the kitchen and ‘front-of-house’ at the former Button Factory.
For more information on the Culinary program – including the new location at MCC – visit eicc.edu/culinary