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ILCC getting money for welding renovation

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"Anytime you can teach students on new equipment, which industry has, it's great for them. It gives them a leg up on the jobs," said Iowa Lakes Welding Instructor Steve Farnsworth. "Anytime you can teach students on new equipment, which industry has, it's great for them. It gives them a leg up on the jobs," said Iowa Lakes Welding Instructor Steve Farnsworth.
EMMETSBURG, Iowa (KTIV) -

Over the next four years, Iowa Lakes Community College will receive a total of $640,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The school says it'll use the money to renovate its Emmetsburg facility, and buy new equipment, like a robotic welding system.

Teachers say a better classroom means they'll put better students in the workforce.

"Anytime you can teach students on new equipment, which industry has, it's great for them. It gives them a leg up on the jobs," said Iowa Lakes Welding Instructor Steve Farnsworth.

Farnsworth hopes to start work by this summer.

School officials hope the renovation will boost interest in their welding program.

"We're hoping to draw in more students and better prepare them for the actual workplace," said ILCC Grant Writer Abi Sedlacek.

ILCC's funds are just a slice of a bigger piece of funding. In all, the Labor Department is awarding almost $13 million to all of Iowa's community colleges.

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