Lifelong Learning

Union County is known for it’s quality education and commitment to excellence. There is a wide range of educational opportunities, from early childhood to post secondary education. Union County was also a selected location for the Future Ready Iowa Summit in 2018. This Act will ensure that our youth know the steps they will need to take to be career ready on the timeline that works for them and their goals.

A crucial component of a thriving community is the ability to create and maintain a skilled workforce. To do this, we strive to have coordination between our business and education systems and public partners. The Work UC committee, a subcommittee of UCDA, invites you to work with us to help build relationships and partnerships to recruit, develop and sustain the best possible talent.

 

Career Academies

Career Academies offered through Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is a great way for area high school students to earn free college credit while still in high school.

Geared toward high school juniors and seniors, Career Academies are collections of courses focused around specific careers or areas of interest. Credits earned in academy courses count toward a student's high school diploma and their future college degree.

Learn about the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship.

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Students are trained in areas of panel straightening, refinishing, structural and non-structural repair, plastics repair, welding, mechanical repairs, and estimating.

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Electrical Technology Career
Academy
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This two-year academy includes an introduction to wiring, technical mathematics, blueprint reading, and advanced wiring systems.

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Welding
Career
Academy
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SWCC's welding Career Academy is designed for students to learn basic welding skills along with how to operate tools, identify different metals, and interpret blueprints.

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Automotive Repair Technology Career Academy
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Demand is high for automotive technicians to perform maintenance and light repairs on today’s high-tech automobiles. Students have participated and placed high each year in the Ford AAA Contest and the auto skills contest in Ankeny. 

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Health Science
Career
Academy
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This program allows high school students to explore health careers and earn articulation credit and/or concurrent credit in a health-related field. Students earn CNA certification during Career Academy coursework.

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Carpentry and
Building Trades Academy
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Carpentry and building trades students can complete 30 credit hours during a two-year period of time. 

Each year, students from Region 14 work together to build homes.

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Information Technology Systems Networking Career Academy
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The information technology systems networking program is designed to provide the graduate with the skills necessary to install, configure, manage, and maintain a network operating system.

 
 

Early Childhood Education

East Union Early
Childhood Center

1916 High School Drive

Afton, Iowa 50830

641.347.5790

St. Malachy
Preschool

405 W. Clark St.

Creston, Iowa 50801

641.782.7125

Head Start
Preschool

801 N. Elms St

Creston, Iowa 50801

641.782.8002

Panther Pride
Preschool

801 N. Elms St

Creston, Iowa 50801

Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool

800 N. Sumner

Creston, Iowa 50801

641.782.5095 ext. 2

Primary & Secondary Education Options

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601 West Townline Street

Creston, Iowa 50801

641-782-2116

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1211 N Poplar

Creston, Iowa 50801

641-782-0026

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East Union Community Schools

1916 High School Drive

Afton, Iowa 50830

641-347-5215

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403 West Clark Street

Creston, Iowa 50801

641-782-7125

 
 

Additional Resources

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The Learning Center is a non-profit organization designed to provide children who learn differently with the supplemental screening and tutoring services along with the support needed to achieve academic success.

They are located at

701 W. Townline St., Suite B, in Creston.

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Green Hills AEA is one of nine Iowa AEAs that were established by the Iowa Legislature in 1974 to be an effective, efficient and economical means of identifying and serving children, birth to age 21.

All AEAs work to ensure that every child receives a free, appropriate, quality education.