Inver Hills: Ready to Work for Business & Industry

Part two of a four-part series on IHCC workforce activities

Inver Hills Community College continues to foster strong relationships with business and industry through for-credit, academic offerings as well as through non-credit options provided by the college’s Center for Professional and Workforce Development. Many companies and businesses face shortages of qualified workers due to a skills gap driven by new technologies and globalization. The skills gap requires employers to seek out education and training options that allow them to build, maintain and expand their workforces to meet and exceed customer demand. Inver Hills addresses these and other workforce issues through programs and training that produce the highly skilled workers business and industry need to compete in the global marketplace.

Center for Professional & Workforce Development

Center for Professional and Workforce Development
The mission of the IHCC Center for Professional & Workforce Development, or CPWD, focuses on delivering professional continuing education and industry certification courses for individuals in Minnesota’s workforce. CPWD also provides businesses with specialized training programs that are customized to their specific needs and presented either on-campus or onsite.
Responding to market demand by industry leaders and economic development authorities, Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College are collaborating to provide topflight customized training and continuing education to companies and businesses throughout Minnesota. Working together to apply more than 40 years of experience and know-how, IHCC CPWD and the DCTC Continuing Education & Customized Training division deliver workforce solutions that promote economic prosperity by closing the skills gap and enhancing global competitiveness.

Benefits of working with CPWD and CECT
  • Affordable, highly competitive training rates
  • Training grants (available on qualification)
  • Customized corporate training to meet your needs
  • Convenient onsite training
  • Hands-on learning
  • Online and hybrid learning
  • Industry expert instructors
  • Facility rental, including:
    • High-tech labs
    • Meeting rooms
    • Decision Driving Track
 Areas of expertise
  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Technology
  • EMS & Nursing
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Cisco Certification
  • Cyber Security
  • Industrial Safety
  • Art & Design
  • STEM programs
  • Call Center
  • Food ServSafe
  • Engineering
  • Community Nursing programs
  • Senior Care
  • Manufacturing & Trades
  • Health Care
  • Computers & Technology
  • Transportation
  • Business & Management
  • Phlebotomy
  • Pharmacy
  • Driver Training
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Mechatronics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Welding
  • Nanotechnology
  • Athletic Camps & Training
For more information about the Center for Professional & Workforce Development at Inver Hills, contact:

Pat McQuillan
Dean of CPWD and CECT
Kris Hanson
Business Development: Health Care
Peter Hoch
Business Development: Business and Entrepreneurship
Phil Zuidema
Business Development: IT and Technology

Information Technology

Information Technology
The college’s Cisco Networking Academy is an entry point that engages and supports middle and high school students in their pursuit of postsecondary degrees, credentials and work-related experiences linked directly to high-demand occupations in the IT field.
The Cisco Networking Academy at Inver Hills educates the architects of the networked world, enabling our students to pursue their higher education goals in engineering, computer science and related fields. High school students earning industry certificates at a Cisco Networking Academy are ready for entry-level jobs. Landing a better-paying job requires further education. Inver Hills has created a clear pathway from high school to college for students pursuing rewarding careers in information technology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in the IT field is estimated at an extraordinary 53 percent by 2018, with salaries in many IT jobs expected to climb by 4 to 6 percent.
In 2011, the Network Technology and Security program at Inver Hills was designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance for Two-Year Colleges by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to recognize the program’s cybersecurity curriculum. Inver Hills leveraged that national honor by becoming one of seven sites across the nation to host a 2014 Cyber Aces State Championship. Cyber Aces is a national organization with the mission to help individuals with a high aptitude for information technology to develop their talent and make a major contribution to the physical and economic security of the United States. For more information about Cyber Aces at Inver Hills, read “Minnesota IT Experts Compete in Cyber Aces State Championship” in the IHCC Newsroom.

For more information about IT at Inver Hills, contact:

Admissions Team
Location: College Center

STEM Division

STEM Division
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. For IHCC students, STEM is the gateway to exciting and lucrative careers. STEM degrees offered at Inver Hills are comprehensive, challenging and rewarding. Our STEM graduates are prepared to transfer and continue their studies at four-year colleges and universities across the country. STEM degrees and certificates also offer valuable, career-advancing skills to individuals building or bolstering their workforce credentials.

The STEM division delivers programs and courses in the following areas:

For more information about STEM at Inver Hills, contact:

Admissions Team
Location: College Center

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
In partnership with the city of St. Paul, the award-winning Saint Paul EMS Academy has created new pathways for underrepresented students to enroll and succeed in the college’s nationally recognized EMS program. The Saint Paul EMS Academy is focused on training a diverse workforce of EMS professionals that is more reflective of the communities that workforce serves. For more information about EMS Academy, read “Saint Paul EMS Academy Alumnas Graduate from IHCC EMS Program” in the IHCC Newsroom.
The college’s new Community Paramedic certification is one of two training programs in Minnesota that prepares individuals to take on an emerging health care role centered on public health, patient advocacy, triage, disease management, mental health and the management of ongoing illness or injury. Demand in these areas is projected to increase 33 percent from 2010 to 2020.

EMS Provider Transition Course

Fisdap, in cooperation with Inver Hills Community College and three Minnesota EMS agencies, Allina Health, Gold Cross Ambulance and North Memorial Hospital, has developed online, interactive courses to transition EMS providers to the National Education Standards.
To build the curriculum for the transition courses, the National Association of State EMS Officials, or NASEMSO, created a gap analysis to determine at a national level the knowledge gap between the previous National Standard Curriculum and the new National Education Standards. Minnesota has approved the Fisdap EMS Provider Transition Course as a valid method for transition to the National Education Standards.

For more information about EMS at Inver Hills, contact:

Tia Radant
Interim Dean of Allied Health

Read part one of the series on IHCC workforce activities: “Inver Hills: Ready to Work for Students.”

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