Professional Development

Professional Development courses are designed for individuals looking to enhance their professional skills and include a wide variety of topic areas, the most common being leadership and management.

Found the class you want to take? Great! Click on the register button below to sign up, or browse through this term's available courses to find more classes you may be interested in taking!

Register for a Continuing Education Class

Continuing Education Marketplace  


Click on a link below to view more information about additional classes.

Leadership Series Human Resources/Management  Marketing/Sales
Industrial/Technical Information Technology/Computer Applications  Safety

Leadership Series Courses:

Razor's Edge Leadership Series - New or Emerging Leaders

In 2018 we completely revamped our longest running leadership program, adding more content geared toward individuals who are supervising people for the first time and bringing on leadership experts from our area to act as mentors for participants in the program. This program is now a full-day each month instead of a half day.

The morning session focuses on supervisory skills and the afternoon features leadership speakers and time spent with our mentors.  For the 2019/2020 academic year we will be meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through May.  The only exception is November.  In November we attend the Leadership Now Conference (held in Ottumwa) as a class.  This year's conference is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th. 

More information on individual course sessions coming soon.

Human Resources/Management Courses:

Classes will be held on the North Ottumwa Campus at the Regional Entrepreneurship Center in the training room.

Employment Law for Supervisors

Today’s workplace can be extremely complex and frustrating unless one knows the basics. This workshop will help you understand employment law in 8 hours. Topics include hiring, handling attendance and leave of absence issues, discipline and discharge, discrimination and related topics. The target audience is: New supervisors, Existing supervisors wanting a refresher on new information regarding human resource matters and human resource personnel with limited experience. The presenter is Gayla Harrison, an Ottumwa attorney, whose practice includes labor and employment law. Lunch Included.

Sept 18 & Sept 25
North Campus
Wed, 10:00AM - 2:30PM
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
15330 Truman Street
Rm: Training Room - $199.00 (lunch provided)
G. Harrison


Keeping information fresh and reinforcing new learning is a constant challenge to the adult trainer. How do you develop a training program that is meaningful, yet fun? How do you assess the level of knowledge already in the room? Is there a formula for a successful training sessions? Find out during an active day of Train-the-Trainer. Whether you are an inexperienced trainer or a seasoned professional looking for additional tips, this program will teach participants how to determine the needs of the audience, improve classroom charisma, develop effective learning activities, and more.

New Dates Coming Soon or Call for a Contract Training Quote

 Sexual Harassment Training

Supervisors and managers play a key role in recognizing and responding to sexual and other forms of harassment. This training will raise supervisor's awareness and provide the tools to help prevent and resolve instances of sexual and other forms of harassment while creating and sustaining a culture of civility and respect in the workplace.

Topics: What is Sexual Harassment? Other forms of Harassment? Recent Lawsuits and Judgments, The Supervisor's Role in Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Responding to and Reporting Harassment Concerns, Avoiding Discrimination, The Supervisor's Role in Creating and Sustaining an Environment of Civility and Respect.

Check back for future dates or call to quote contract training.

Hiring & Retaining a Diverse Workforce

Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce doesn't end with recruiting. It only begins with recruiting. It requires creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment that creates a sense of belonging and engage for all employees. This dynamic and engaging session, in two parts, will provide employers with the tools and ideas necessary to grow and strengthen their company through diversity. Part I will include an overview of the business case of diversity, recruiting and onboarding for a diverse workforce, recognizing and avoiding bias, and proper training of supervisors. Part II will focus on understanding culture issues and creating and sustaining a welcoming environment. 

Check back for future dates or call to quote contract training.

Drug Testing Training

Are you in compliance with the provisions of the Iowa Drug Testing statute or the DOT drug testing requirements?  If not, Gayla Harrison of Harrison, Moreland, Webber & Simplot Law Firm will be conducting a 2-hour training that will cover the requirements mandated by the Iowa Drug Testing Law.  The training will cover the recognition of evidence of employee alcohol or drug use, documentation of employee drug or alcohol abuse and action plans for employees who abuse alcohol or drugs.

Oct 02 - Oct 02
North Campus
Wed, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
15330 Truman Street
Rm: Training Room - $50.00
G. Harrison

Building Teams that Work - Online

Teams are becoming a staple in today’s workplace. In this course you’ll learn the components of a successful team and the stages of its development. You’ll master the skills you’ll need to effectively manage projects, make decisions, and solve problems in a team setting. Plus, you’ll have a chance to learn the pitfalls of unhealthy group interaction and minimize any of its effects on your team.

Date: This course starts about every 6 weeks, visit the registration site to find the next available dates.
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere/Online
Tuition: $105.00
Registration: and enter the course title in the search bar.

Register for Building Teams that Work - Online


Information Technology/Computer Applications Courses: 

Business Quickbooks

Do you need a quick start to using QuickBooks? This class will include hands-on experience with QuickBooks software. You will learn how to:

  • Set up a business
  • Pay and enter expenses
  • Deposits and invoices
  • Complete the payroll set-up
  • Understand the reports of income and balance sheet
  • Handle exemptions of inventory, depreciation and loan payments
  • Make corrections when things are wrong
  • Prepare for income tax time

Several handouts will be provided. We can make QuickBooks fun!!!

Note: There will be an hour break for lunch during this course. 

Oct 03 - Oct 03
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
Thur, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
B. Ziegler

Nov 14 - Nov 14
Keokuk County Service Ctr
Thur, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
B. Ziegler

 Register Now

Ag Quickbooks

Learn how to set up and manage your agricultural business through the QuickBooks software program. Track your income/expenses, depreciation, loans, etc., as well as understand the reports needed to run your farm or agricultural-related business. This will be a hands-on experience that will enable you to enjoy the paperwork portion of farming. This class is being taught by Bryan Ziegler.

Sept 26 - Sept 26
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
Thur, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
B. Ziegler

Quickbooks for your Non-Profit Organization

Are you the treasurer or administrator of a non-profit organization, such as a county fair or church? This class will give you hands-on experience using Quick-Books software.

  • Set up your non-profit organization
  • Pay and enter expenses, deposits & invoices
  • Understand Income Statement & Balance Sheet reports
  • Budget for future expenses
  • Process loan payments
  • Make corrections when things are wrong
  • Prepare for filing Form 990

Oct 10 - Oct 10
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
Thur, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
B. Ziegler

Smart Start Free Workshop

Start Smart is a two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding your business. You will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, evaluate demand and business strength, consider different types of business ownership, and how to register your business.  Registration is required for this free class.

Nov 19 - Nov 19
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
Thur, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
B. Ziegler

Managing your Finances

Building your personal financial value will be the focus of this seminar. Topics of discussion will include credit scores, retirement, student loans for education, investing, budgeting, tax management and the appropriate use of debt. We will discuss the use of software, internet sources and some of the views of the national known speakers on the topic. We will discuss how to create your own personal balance sheet and monitor the changes over time. This class is intended for both your personal side of finance as well as the business side.

Nov 21 - Nov 21
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
Thur, 6:30PM - 9:00PM
B. Ziegler

Business Applications for Microsoft Excel

Excel or any spreadsheet application is a powerful tool for business decision making. This class will teach you applications to use for your business and many formulas with business examples. These examples include: scheduling, loan payments, costs of doing business, pricing, and inventory.

Dec 05 - Dec 05
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
Thurs, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
B. Ziegler

Using Excel for your Business

Excel can easily automate your standard business transactions.  We will cover the basic math and formatting skills.  Business applications will include how to sort data, do budgets, financial analysis, charts and accepting data from QuickBooks.  We will discuss logical if statements, loan payment functions, linking spreadsheets, date functions and basic statistics.  We will look at several business spreadsheets to see how they work and do some applications based on the class needs.

Check back for future dates or call to quote contract training.

Introduction to Crystal Reports – Online

Want to “wow” people with your business reports? In this course, you’ll master the techniques the pros use to produce attractive, reader-friendly reports for any audience. Whether you are new Crystal Reports or want to enhance your skills, this course is ideal for you. By the time you’re done, you’ll be able to produce anything from a quick meeting handout to an elaborate annual report – and you’ll never be intimidated by report-writing tasks again!

This course was originally written for Crystal Reports 2008. Crystal Reports XI, Crystal Reports 2008, Crystal Reports 2011, or Crystal Reports 2013 are all acceptable for this course. Please make sure your software is installed and fully operation before the course begins.

Date: This course starts about every 6 weeks, visit the registration site to find the next available dates.
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere/Online
Tuition - $115.00 
Registration: and enter the course title in the search bar.

Register Now

Introduction to Google Analytics - Online

In this course, you’ll learn to use Google Analytics to make the most of your online traffic. You’ll see how you can track not just the traffic to all of your online content, but also determine which content is the most appealing, where your visitors came from, what devices they used, how long they stayed, which links they clicked, and where they went when they left.

From setting up your Google Analytics account and getting the all-important code you’ll need to add to your website’s pages to begin tracking your visitors, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get everything you can from the data that Google Analytics provides.

Date: This course starts about every 6 weeks, visit the registration site to find the next available dates.
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere/Online
Tuition - $115.00 
Registration: and enter the course title in the search bar.

Register Now

 MOS Prep Courses & Certification Testing - Online

These online training courses prepare participants to take the Microsoft Office Certification Exams. Each participant will be able to work through tutorials and practice exams at their own pace. Once you have registered for and access the course, you will have 50 days of access to the practice materials. At the end of that time, or earlier if you feel you are ready, you can contact the Continuing Education office to schedule your actual certification exam.

Students are allowed to take the certification exam one time as a part of the initial course fee. If you do not successfully pass the first time, each additional testing will cost $50. Exams will be proctored in the Advanced Technology Center on the main Ottumwa Campus and may be scheduled during the normal business week. Students passing the exam will receive a certification certificate from Microsoft, this is a recognized industry credential.

Students must have their own Microsoft Office software on their computer in order to take this course. As a portion of this course, you will be able to install the practice software, called GMetrix, on your machine. We strongly recommend you log-on to your computer using a different user profile when practicing with GMetrix. This will prevent any setting changes made in your Microsoft software during the practice tutorials from affecting your normal work.

Instructions to access the course through the Indian Hills online education portal will be emailed to you no later than 2 business days after registration. Students with current MyHills accounts may access the course through MyHills no later than 1 hour after online registration and payment is complete.

Date: Whenever you are ready
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere/Online
Tuition - $99.00
Registration: Click the Register button below and search the first word of the course you would like to register for, from the following list.

Word 2013 - BUS*1406*201
Word 2016 - BUS*1406*202
Word Expert 2013 - BUS*1406*203
Word Expert 2016 - BUS*1406*204
Excel 2013 - BUS*1406*205
Excel 2016 - BUS*1406*206
Excel Expert 2013 - BUS*1406*207
Excel Expert 2016 - BUS*1406*208
Access 2013 - BUS*1406*209
Access 2016 - BUS*1406*2010
Outlook 2013 - BUS*1406*2011
Outlook 2016 - BUS*1406*2012
PowerPoint 2013 - BUS*1406*2013
PowerPoint 2016 - BUS*1406*2014

Register Now

Marketing/Sales Courses: 

Basics of Marketing

What is marketing and why does it matter? How is marketing different from sales? This seminar will help you answer these two key questions and more. The purpose of marketing is to attract attention and create interest. Marketing can create a brand image, change that image and get people interested in what's for sale. You'll discover what the main components of marketing are and how to utilize these components to build your brand and drive revenue and audience.

Check back for future dates or call to quote contract training.

Audience Development

Understanding your target audience is critical to a successful marketing campaign. In this course, you will learn to identify your key audiences and select which audiences you need to work to increase. Learn how to convert those audiences into buyers and move potential buyers through your sales funnel.

Check back for future dates or call to quote contract training.

Media Strategies

In today's world there are so many options for getting your message out. This seminar will help you understand traditional media and social media. It will also help you determine how to use media in your branding and sales strategies. You'll gain an understanding of what public relations or PR is and how you can generate good coverage. You'll also learn how to buy advertising and when you should select this option.

Check back for future dates or call to quote contract training.

Creating Facebook Ad Campaigns

More and more businesses are utilizing the paid advertising features of Facebook. This class is designed for business owners who have already set up their business Facebook page and are ready to begin paid advertising. We'll look at Facebook marketing strategies, managing your ad spend, and more. Be sure to bring your Facebook login and a credit card if you'd like to place your ad during class. Computer will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptops if possible.

Jun 19 - Jun 19
Regional Entrepreneurship Ctr
Wed, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
E. Pitt

 Register Now


Math and Measurement for Manufacturing

Students in this course will review the proper way to read and use steel rules, micrometers and calipers. The majority of the course will be spent working on understanding fractions and decimals and how to convert measurements between the two. Students will practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing both fractions and decimals as well as learn how to reduce fractions and recognize equivalent fractions.

Watch for New Dates or Call to quote contract training

Basic Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing

In this course students will practice reading manufacturing blueprints. The instructor will cover: blueprint standards and terminology, how to interpret the information found on a blueprint and dimensioning.

Watch for New Dates or Call to quote contract training

SolidWorks Essentials

SolidWorks is one of the most popular software design programs in the advanced manufacturing industry. This two day course will introduce students to the basic design concepts found in SolidWorks. Students will learn bout the functionality of the software as well as practice basic design concepts. This course is designed for students who have little to no SolidWorks experience.

Check back for future dates or call to quote contract training.

PLC Fundamentals

This course is designed for personnel needing to develop basic PLC knowledge in any industry. The topics covered will include hardware components, establishing communication to the PLC, uploading & downloading programs, online, offline and the different run models for a PLC. Basic PLC programming utilizing the Allen Bradley CompactLogix line will be introduced. Interpretation of ladder diagrams, addressing, file structure, and fundamental instruction sets will be covered along with basic troubleshooting of a PLC system.

Jun 14 - Jun 21
Advanced Tech Ctr, Machine Tech Lab, Rm 152
Fri, 8:00AM - 4:00PM (hour break for lunch)
J. Henderson

 Register Now


General Industry OSHA (10 Hour)

This training program covers a standard OSHA curriculum and successful participants will receive a completion card from OSHA. The course focuses on how to identify, abate, avoid, and prevent job related hazards on a job site. Topics covered include: walking and working surfaces, exit routes, emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, fire protection, personal protective equipment and hazardous communication. Participants also learn about employer responsibilities and worker rights.  

May 29 - May 30
Centerville Campus, Bldg 15/16
May 29: 8:00AM - 4:30PM (hour break for lunch)
May 30: 8:00AM - 12:00PM

S. Silver

 Register Now


Can't find something? Send us a suggestion!   


Questions? Just talk to a Business Liaison!

Not sure if starting your own business is right for you? Do you own a business and need help, but aren’t sure which questions to ask? Don’t stress. Just ask Bryan!

humburg_profileDave Humburg, Business Liaison
Appanoose, Davis, Monroe, & Van Buren Counties
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5213 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5213


Continuing Education Course Refund Policy:

In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.