The 2018 Season At GOMACO University Has Concluded

School is out for the summer! Check back on this web site in the fall for the posting of the 2019 class schedule. Thank you to the students who traveled to Ida Grove for the 2018 season!

To learn more, download the GOMACO University brochure PDF.


On this page you will find:

GOMACO University information & policies

Hotel accommodations

Weekly schedule

GOMACO University personnel




GOMACO University Information & Policies


GOMACO provides quality training in a friendly environment at a reasonable price. The registration fee includes all class materials, all noon lunches, and the Thursday evening dinner. Each class will be a fee of $500. To guarantee your space, the registration form and registration fee must be received at least 14 days prior to the start of the class.

To register using this web site, click here or download the PDF to register by mail. For additional information, contact Shari Simmons at or by calling 1-800-831-2320 or 1-712-364-4781.



Cancellation Policy

GOMACO will make every effort to conduct the training sessions as scheduled. The minimum class size is eight attendees and the maximum class size will be limited. In the event of a class being cancelled by GOMACO, a notice of at least two weeks will be given. The full registration fee for those who are registered will be returned. Please note that GOMACO assumes no responsibility for transportation charges incurred relative to cancelled or changed classes. In the event a student must cancel, the registration fee will be refunded in full if notice is received at least two weeks prior to the starting date of the requested session. If less than two weeks notice is given, a 60% cancellation fee may be applied. If a student fails to attend, with no notice given, the registration fee is forfeited. Your company may substitute a student up to the starting date of the class.




Attendees must provide their own transportation to and from Ida Grove and any additional living expenses while here. For those who must fly in, GOMACO recommends flying into Omaha, Nebraska (approximately 100 miles from Ida Grove), and renting a car. You can also fly into Sioux City, Iowa (approximately 55 miles from Ida Grove), however air service is limited. As a note, the individual renting the car must be 25 years of age and have a credit card with their name on it.

Click here for maps to navigate western Iowa or Ida Grove.



Attendance Policy

Your commitment to attending should be important not only to you, but also to your employer and your fellow attendees. All classes run through 4:30 p.m. each of the scheduled days. You are required to attend all sessions of the class. If you miss any portion of the class sessions, for whatever reason, it may result in forfeiture of your “Certificate of Achievement.”



Recognition Policy

GOMACO recognizes the importance of being properly trained to do a quality job. We therefore recognize individuals who have attended GOMACO University at least five different years. Upon achieving five years of attendance, the individual is presented with a GU letter jacket with each year of attendance noted on it. For each additional year of attendance, the new year is added to the jacket. All attendees who have their GU jacket are encouraged to bring it with them so that the current year can be added.



Area Lodging Arrangements

GOMACO suggests making your own motel reservations, but will assist if necessary. Direct company billing arrangements must be made with the motel in advance.


Suggested Motel Accommodations





Ida Grove Community Rec Center

The Ida Grove Community Rec Center is located at 311 Barnes Street, right between the BCIG Elementary School and the Ida Grove Swimming Pool. The Rec Center's phone number is 712-364-3716. The facility has racquetball & basketball courts, a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, weight room, golf room with an interactive golf simulator, and much more. The daily admission fee is $6. Their web site address is




GOMACO University Weekly Schedule

From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, students attend classes at one of the two GOMACO University facilities. A catered meal is provided from noon to 1 p.m. (included in the registration fee).

Graduation is Thursday night. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Slipform Sam's Happy Hour, and a prime rib dinner and graduation ceremony is at 7 p.m.

Tours of the GOMACO Corporation facilities are available from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday.


GOMACO University can be reached by calling 800-831-2320, faxing 712.364.4359 or e-mailing




GOMACO University Personnel

Dennis Clausen
Director of Training

Rod Schneider
Training Coordinator

Shari Simmons
Parts Publications Manager

Doug Comstock
Technical Publications Coordinator