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Forest City Economic Development
145 S. Clark Street
PO Box 306
Forest City, IA 50436
Office: (641) 585-5560

NIACC John V. Hanson Career Center

Opening this past Fall, students from Forest City, GHV, Lake Mills and North Iowa High Schools have had the opportunity to enroll John V. Hanson Career Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Building Trades, Information Technology and Health Careers. FCED worked with NIACC and project partners for the development of the property and project assistance.


The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University works to enhance the performance of the manufacturing industry in Iowa. CIRAS does this by providing customized training through technical assistance and seminars to Iowa’s current manufacturers. Areas of focus include engineering, management practices, productivity, energy, procurement, bio-renewables and quality management.


North Iowa Area Community College has access to state-of-the-art equipment to train potential hires for any manufacturing operation. The Industrial Technology Division offers specialized instruction in construction, machining, air conditioning, diesel, automotive technical skills. Program labs offer hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment, computers, and software.

Located below is a sample of the NIACC Degree/Diploma/Certificate options available:

  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Tool and Die Technology
  • Building Trades
  • General Machinist
  • Welding