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Kirkwood Invites Public to See New Training Center

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Kirkwood Community College is inviting the community to check out one of its newest learning spaces.

The Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center opened in July in the former Midland Forge manufacturing facility, 101 50th Ave. SW. Thursday night, the public is invited to an open house to see for themselves what opportunities are available.

The Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center offers all types of training, from truck driving, to fire training, to training in driving a forklift. Staff at the center thought thought KCRG-TV9's Heather Hubbs should experience that last training firsthand, so they put her in the driver's seat.

The new facility's goal is to provide hands-on training. Staff members work with a number of local companies to provide training for their employees. They can also customize that training to meet the needs of each employer.

The new building gives them ample space to provide that training. Until the new training center opened, Kirkwood had these programs spread out all over campus.

"I have everything in one spot now. That's the nice thing about it," said David Hughes, an instructor and manager at Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center. "Also in addition, with the extra equipment Kirkwood purchased, it helps out tremendously, It's an eye opener when clients come in to tour the facility and say 'wow, you can do that.'"

The programs offered at the Continuing Education Training Center can take anywhere from 4 to 40 hours to complete. If you're interested in learning more, you can attend the open house from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The open house includes a networking event, speakers and a ribbon cutting.

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