Elevate Advanced Manufacturing

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing Ambassador Program 

Iowa manufacturers (and others) have asked for additional ways in which they can engage their employees in efforts to promote manufacturing and solve the workforce shortage.  Elevate’s answer is the “Elevate Ambassador Program” whereby Iowa manufacturers are invited to represent both their company and the manufacturing industry at events and in presentations.  These Ambassadors will be instrumental in encouraging young people to consider a career in advanced manufacturing.

Elevate Ambassadors “Ideal” Qualifications

  • Should be employed in, or familiar with, a key manufacturing trade (welding, tool and die, CNC, industrial maintenance)
  • Should have attended or be familiar with the community college in his/her region
  • Should be comfortable speaking in public – or interested in developing this skill

Ambassador Responsibilities

  • Attend a half-day training session
  • Make a minimum of 5 presentations to groups and/or represent Elevate at major community events in his/her region each year.  Presentations may be to K-12 classrooms, teacher in-service days, parent nights, economic development groups, etc.  Events might include county fairs and other places K-12 students and parents are likely to be.  In some cases Elevate will reach out to Ambassadors with opportunities but Ambassadors are also expected to find opportunities of their own (particularly to present in front of high school student or parent audiences)

Requirements of Ambassador Sponsoring Companies, if applicable            

  • Allow the Ambassador to attend a training session (cover travel, etc. expenses).
  • Allow the Ambassador to make a minimum of 5 presentations/attend events each year in his/her region.

Length of Term

  • Ambassadors are asked to serve a term of 2 years.

Ambassador Training Includes

  • Education about Elevate (training on the Elevate presentation)
  • Education about the manufacturing workforce gap
  • Education about Community College training programs
  • Public Speaking training 

To Sign Up to be an Ambassador or for more Information

Contact Alexandra Monaghan at [email protected]

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