OTTUMWA — There’s not just construction happening all over town. A new course called financial services certificate is in the process of being constructed at Indian Hills.
“We did have people express an interest in taking the course in an evening format,” said Ashley Moyer, Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions executive director, “so we are currently working on laying the curriculum out to fit an evening option and will announce dates that will run in the spring.”
This course will center around financial services, banking and insurance industries. Indian Hills students interested in pursuing these fields have the advantage of learning about these concepts for eight weeks and then taking the Securities Industries Essentials (SIE) exam accredited by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).
At the end of the eight-week course, students will be able to travel together to Des Moines to take the exam.
Moyer said initially the course was supposed to start on Sept. 9, but due to the lack of sign-ups, the course will launch in the spring instead.
Moyer’s department initially came up with the idea to start the program based on students who wanted to go into financial services. Students will not only prepare for the SIE exam, they will also learn business writing and etiquette, customer service skills, keyboarding skills and Microsoft Excel and Outlook.
“This is another opportunity to gain entry into this growing career field,” Moyer said. “Our goal for the program is to lead the students into viable career options. Students will also get to learn more about stocks and bonds and gain that knowledge.”
Amy Webber, CEO and president of Cambridge Investment Research, is partnering with Indian Hills to launch the new course. “With our corporate campus in southern Iowa,” Webber said, “we are thrilled that Indian Hills is equally committed to developing exciting careers for talented people choosing to live in and enjoy our Midwest communities.”
While the SIE exam is required for students who want to go into financial services and insurance industries, it is not necessary for those wanting to pursue a career in banking. Students can still enroll in the course even if they don’t plan to go into financial and insurance services as well as banking.
“I would absolutely encourage them to enroll,” Moyer said. “It’s great knowledge to have in life. It can even give students the opportunity to think about what they want to do [after college]. My hope is that they will find it to be valuable and learn about it and pass the exam.”