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EICC Career Coach now available

Area job seekers now have a new resource to help them in their efforts thanks to Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC).

Career Coach, a free online tool, allows anyone to search for potential careers. It provides a wealth of resources and is tailored to the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois area.

Those using it will find information about the jobs currently available locally, wage projections, current employment numbers, who’s hiring, the approaching retirement age of current workers and more.

The site is available by going to the EICC website, www.eicc.edu, and clicking on the Career Coach link at the bottom of the page or directly to www.eicc.edu/careercoach

Career Coach is funded in part by a unique consortium of Iowa’s community colleges focused on Information Technology, Healthcare, Utilities and Manufacturing (IHUM). IHUM is 100 percent financed through a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Career Coach is a great tool for people looking for employment,” said EICC Information Technology Department Chair Lori Walljasper. “I can’t understate how fortunate we are to be able to make this available for people. Not only does it have a tremendous amount of information, the best part is that it’s free to everyone, not just our students.”

“For people who don’t know what direction they might want to go, there’s a really good career assessment tool on the site,” Walljasper said. “I encourage people to take the longer assessment that is available. It asks people several questions about their interests and skills, and returns a list of possible careers that specifically match up to their answers.”

She also noted that there is a special search section available for current and former military. The search allows them to enter a Military Occupation Code and automatically matches that code to similar civilian careers.

The IHUM program that made Career Coach possible here, provides resources to the public targeting those eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers, unemployed/underemployed Iowans and U.S. veterans.  EICC’s portion of the program specifically deals with the college’s Information Technology program.

EICC has recently upgraded both the equipment and the curriculum in its Information Technology (IT) program. Training is available in Networking, Programming, Hardware, Forensics and Game Development.

“The need for trained professionals in the IT field just keeps continuing to grow as our society becomes more and more reliant on computers,” Walljasper said. “We are always talking with employers who are anxious to hire our students as soon as they graduate.”

IT classes are available at Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. Information is available at www.eicc.edu/it  or by calling 1-888-336-3907.

Information about the IHUM consortium is available at www.enhanceiowa.com