Two years of hard work and determination was celebrated on Sunday, June 16 with the CEAM Graduation Ceremony.

Over 50 friends, family, and colleagues gathered in the Edith Lisle Library in Clarinda to celebrate nine individuals from across southwest Iowa whom successfully completed the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing program. The CEAM Graduating class, in addition to working their full-time jobs, has spent the past two years receiving training two evenings a week to further their skills in Advanced Manufacturing.

The 2019 Graduating Class had four graduates who completed the Tool & Die track: Elijah Bix, Jacob Hull, Christina Landess, and Josh McAlpin. The five graduates whom completed the Electro-Mechanical Tech track are Connor Alexander, Jeffrey Bergren, Justin Fichter, Ronnie Fuller, and Trevor Kelley.

The event kicked off with introductions by Kristin Smith, the Director of the IWCC Clarinda Center. Dr. Dan Kinney, President of IWCC, shared the welcoming remarks.

The commencement address, which was shared by Mary Landhuis, President of Lisle Corporation and EZ Way of Clarinda, acknowledged the hard work and commitment exhibited by all nine graduates of the CEAM program as well as the sacrifices made by their family over the past two years.

Each year the teachers of the CEAM program nominate one student who they see go above and beyond what is expected of them as students. This student exhibits skills as a self-starter, a team player, and someone who is passionate about what they do as well as helping others to learn. This year’s recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership & Academics was Josh McAlpin of Lisle Corporation.

The CEAM program is uniquely designed for the adult learner, with a schedule that allows for students to work their full-time job, or attend high school courses, during the day, and take courses two nights a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The program is designed with hands-on learning in mind. The core year begins with training in Electricity, Machine Process Theory & Application, Tech Math, Welding, Mechanical Power Transmissions, and Fluid Power Systems. The students then continue down one of two tracks, either Tool & Die or Electro-Mechanical Tech. Upon completion they receive a IWCC certificate.

The CEAM program was developed by a strong partnership between Iowa Western Community College and Lisle Corporation, Clarinda; NSK, Clarinda; AKS, Clarinda; and MAHLE Engine Components, Atlantic. It continues to be successful through the vital support and partnership of many companies and individuals within Clarinda and southwest Iowa.

Classes are forming for this fall with sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in more information, contact Starlyn Perdue at or Kristin Smith at 712-542-5117.

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