Fertilizer Plant Partners with SCC to Train Students

Once the Fertilizer Plant in Wever opens, they hope to hire local people to help run it.

OCI Iowa Fertilizer has partnered with Southeastern Community College to teach the skills people will need to fill the open positions at the plant. With Southeast Iowa having the highest unemployment rate in the state, SCC President Michael Ash feels the fertilizer plant is the start of a new beginning. He also notes there are two parts to this training…

“There is a distinction. The training agreement that we are signing is going to be for those workers who are hired and moving forward. What the college is going to do, is train and educate students to become employees who will then be the ones trained after they are hired.”

165 permanent jobs will be created once the plant is up and running, with an average wage of $26 an hour.