Industrial Sewing

Advanced Manufacturing

The Industrial Sewing Career Pathway Certificate program provides training for those with no prior sewing experience to become entry-level sewers in a manufacturing setting. From automobile seats to furniture to backpacks, many everyday products have been sewn by an industrial sewer. Too few people are learning this craft to meet employer demands for sewers, so good jobs are going unfilled. Students who successfully complete this certificate program will possess the basic sewing skills to obtain local jobs with industry-leading companies.

The program provides an overview of the manufacturing process, including its terminology, techniques and systems from product concept stage to completion. Students are introduced to basic spec and tape measure reading, understanding safety and learning ergonomic principles to create a safe work environment. General industrial sewing machine operation and maintenance instruction is covered and continually practiced, building skills throughout the program. Hand and machine sewing methods are taught along with finishing and hemming of different fabrics. Upon program completion, students create individual portfolios with sewing samples that demonstrate their knowledge of sewing techniques and competence in producing quality products.

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Town Clock Business Center (Dubuque)

Paying for the Program


You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Career Outlook

$22,318 - 56,662

Estimated annual salary range for Advanced Manufacturing graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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  • For Tuition Assistance contact NICC Business and Community Solutions to complete the following:
    • Tuition Assistance Program Application
    • National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) Assessment
    • Interview with NICC staff
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In partnership with Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Opportunity Dubuque, the College will provide child care assistance at no cost to those who qualify while students are in class for this program. Also, full-time employed graduates from this program may qualify for additional child care support for up to 12 months at a licensed or registered child care provider. Child care services are available in the Dubuque and Peosta areas only.

Alexandra Monaghan
Program Developer

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2285
  • Location: Peosta
Shara Sparrgrove

Shara Sparrgrove, B.B.A.
Success Model Coordinator

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 3105
  • Location: Dubuque