Bioprocessing Technology

This industry has strong local ties and huge global implications and opportunities. Bioprocessing is a unique manufacturing field that essentially converts raw renewable material, mostly from plants, into vital, value-added products like biofuels, food and medicines. It’s one of those few professions where your everyday job can help millions of people.

Whether you start your studies at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa and then transfer to a 4-year college or stay with us for an associate degree or diploma, financial aid and community college scholarships are available to help pay your way.

Bioprocessing offers high-tech, high-paying jobs and a career that can grow with you, and you can get started fast! Here’s a quick overview of our programs.

Campus Eddyville Campus
Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program Agricultural/Biofuels Process Technology: 7 Terms (21 Months)
Process Control: 3 Terms (9 Months)
Bio-Manufacturing: 3 Terms (9 Months)
Diploma/Degree Agricultural/Biofuels Process Technology: A.A.S.
Process Control: Diploma
Bio-Manufacturing: Diploma
What you will learn:
  • Scientific Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Theory
  • Digital Fundamentals
  • Product Analysis
  • Equipment Maintenance (ex: Fermenters, Bioreactors, etc.)
  • Lab and Manufacturing Safety
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Pre-employment

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Which is the Best Bioprocessing Field for You?


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fermentation processes take nutrients and energy from renewable sources to create a number of products. We'll teach you to use your acquired knowledge in a number of disciplines to help fuel people around the globe.

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Ready to change the world with clean fuels like ethanol, biodiesel and biogas? Want to learn how to make antibiotics and vaccinations? Jump into bio manufacturing where you will learn all this and more through hands-on lab activities.

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Process Control


Interested in monitoring plant processes in advanced manufacturing? We’ll take you through control loop basics and introduce you to the advanced tech career you’ve been dreaming of.

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What’s Next?

If Bioprocessing sounds good to you, check out the program details above to find your best fit. All these programs can lead directly to a high-paying job or career as a Process Control Technician, Water/Wastewater Operator, Alcohol Fermentation Technician, or a Biofuels Production Technician! You can also transfer to a 4-year college for further education. Grab ahold. It’s going to be Life. Changing.

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Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Kim!

Kimberly Dreaden, Program Director, Bioprocessing Programs
(641)-683-5111, ext. 1982 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1982

Daniel Terrian, Associate Dean, Advanced Technologies
(641)-683-5242 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5242