Opportunity Dubuque



Opportunity Dubuque is a nationally-recognized, collaborative job training effort developed in response to local employers’ needs for a skilled workforce. Offered through Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and funded through Greater Dubuque Development (with commitments from the City of Dubque, Dubuque County, and the DRA/Q Casino), the program offers training in 18 disciplines to fill high-demand and high-wage careers. Individuals complete industry-driven certifications to upgrade their skills or launch their careers. A win-win for students and employers, Opportunity Dubuque builds career pathways for students to enter the workforce and continue their education and training, while filling employers’ demand for talent.

Because of the funding structure, the program is able to eliminate financial barriers by providing individuals with scholarships. From those without a high school diploma to dislocated workers, the program has provided opportunities to those who needed it most, while at the same time, strengthening local businesses.

Since 2012, Opportunity Dubuque has trained and employed hundreds of individuals in advanced manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, information technology, culinary, and construction and restoration careers. 

Tuition Assistance and child care support is available to those who qualify within specific programs. In partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College child care is provided at no cost while students are in class for select programs in the Dubuque or Peosta area. Also, full-time employed graduates from select programs may qualify for additional child care support for up to 12 months at a licensed or registered child care provider.

To learn more about Opportunity Dubuque, visit the Northeast Iowa Community College Career Pathway Certficate webpage. 


Why Opportunity Dubuque

Hear Frank Washington, an Opportunity Dubuque graduate, describe how the program helped him develop not only skills and knowledge, but a belief in himself.

Nic Hockenberry, Director of Workforce Solutions

Nic Hockenberry

Director of Workforce Programming
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For more information regarding Opportunity Dubuque, please contact Greater Dubuque Development, at 563-557-9049 or by email.

To learn more about Dubuque Works and the participating organizations, see the Dubuque Works page on our website.