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Iowa Western, Carter Lake company team up to help apprentices ‘earn while you learn’

CARTER LAKE – Thomas Stalbosky discovered welding while taking automotive classes in high school.

It took a year before Stalbosky found a job that would teach him more about welding. He worked as a shift supervisor for a car wash. Then he learned about an opportunity to become a welding apprentice. 

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Application Now Open for Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s 2018 STEM BEST® Program

The STEM Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to support the establishment of Iowa STEM BEST® models. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year. Successful applicants will become an Iowa STEM BEST® model of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Since 2014, 37 STEM BEST® models have been established across Iowa. 

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Elevate Ambassador Activity

The Elevate Ambassadors promote manufacturing opportunities by educating career pathways in advanced manufacturing to students, parents, educators, and more! Click the link to learn about their most recent involvement around Iowa.

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Rock Valley MFG Day Tours

On Tues, October 16th Valley Machining in Rock Valley opened its doors to approximately 240 area middle and high school students and teachers for Manufacturing Day. What’s Manufacturing Day? Per the website www.mfgday.com, it’s “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers”. The official day for the event is celebrated on the first Friday in October, but quite often events are happening across the nation throughout the month of October - such is the case with Valley Machining. Schools attending included: Central Lyon, George-Little Rock, MOC-Floyd Valley, Netherlands Reformed, Rock Valley, Western Christian, West Lyon, West Sioux, Rock Valley Christian and Alcester, SD.

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Advancing Opportunities & Educating Iowa’s Future Manufacturing Workforce

Des Moines, IA (June 21, 2018) – Advanced manufacturing accounts for almost 90% of Iowa’s exports, contributes $29 billion to the state’s economy, and represents 14% of the state’s total employment, placing manufacturers in the top third of employers in Iowa. Click the link to learn more about careers in manufacturing!

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Mike Rowe on the Importance of Blue Collar Jobs

Mike Row discusses the outlook of blue collar jobs. Click to the link to learn more.  

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Future Ready Iowa

Our state’s biggest challenge is to achieve a goal of 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. Right now, 58 percent does. Closing this skills gap means a future ready Iowa that prepares individuals for dynamic careers and lifelong learning, meets employer needs, grows family income and strengthens communities.  Future Ready Iowa will help more Iowans attain the “new minimum” of high-quality education and training beyond high school by aligning education, workforce, and economic development resources. Click here to read more. 

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Legends in Manufacturing Awards Recipients

The Legends in Manufacturing Awards was an outstanding success!  Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to our winners!  

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Upcoming Events

Elevate Ambassador Training

Elevate Iowa is hosting an Elevate Iowa Ambassador Training for everyone interested in helping inform the next generation about career opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing.  During the training, attendees will learn about ABI and the Elevate Iowa campaign, presentation skills, how to be a successful Ambassador, and tour the industrial technology programs at Kirkwood Community College. Contact Alex Monaghan for questions and to sign up.      

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Vermeer's Parents' & Students' Night

Attend this event to learn which advanced manufacturing careers match your personality traits and interest, how manufacturing careers are expected to grow by 13.9% by 2020, and how manufacturing workers earn an average of 20% more than those across all sectors! Food, drinks and door prizes will be sponsored by Vermeer Corp. RSVP to Susan Beaird at [email protected] or 641-621-8805.

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Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College is hosting career pathway certificate sessions related to Advanced Manufacturing: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator, Introduction to Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Sewing (Dubuque) and Welding. During the session, you will be provided information on the CPC training program, local and regional earning potential, and career options. Some information sessions have employer sponsors on-hand, who are interested in hiring our graduates, for you to visit with. Click the link to register.  Scheduled dates include: August 22, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. - Manchester Center, Manchester (Welding Only) September 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. - Cresco Center, Cresco October 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. - Town Clock Business Center, Dubuque  

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Legends in Manufacturing Dinner

Elevate Iowa will recognize six outstanding leaders in manufacturing at its Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner. The 2018 Legends event is an opportunity to recognize great leaders in Iowa manufacturing and showcase what manufacturing has meant to the state of Iowa. Register through Iowaabi.org!

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Advanced Manufacturing Conference

The Advanced Manufacturing Conference is hosted by ABI and is a can't-miss event for Iowa manufacturers and those who want to do business with Iowa manufacturers. Join in on Iowa's only statewide celebration of this iconic industry. Register your team to learn more about Iowa manufacturing. 

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