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.
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.
Elevate is giving away 15 $500 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending an Iowa Community College in the fall for a career in advanced manufacturing. Examples of eligible training programs include welding, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining, industrial automation, industrial maintenance, robotics, tool and die, and transportation and logistics. Each community college will be recognized. Please send your application to Alex Monaghan at [email protected]. Click the link to apply.
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.
Northeast Iowa Community College and 24 business partners showcased the invaluable contributions of the manufacturing industry to the state of Iowa’s economy this fall, by inviting high school students to tour their operations. Click the to learn more.
October 9, 2018
More than 100 eighth grade students will get a hands-on look at Iowa’s largest industry at a Manufacturing Showcase hosted by the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board.
ICR-IOWA Region – The Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board has released an online portal (www.explore-manufacturing.org) designed to be a resource for educators and students, to create awareness about the manufacturing industry and the careers within it.
Sheldon, Iowa — Top officials with some leading northwest Iowa manufacturers joined community college and economic development leaders Thursday afternoon to announce a unique new partnership designed to address a critical workforce development challenge facing area employers. The announcement was held in the Manufacturing Lab at NCC in Sheldon. Click here to view the new advanced manufacturing career pathway resource in NWIA!
Keri Kono from Hawkeye Community College and Kyle Roed, from CPM, Inc. identified collaborative efforts for employment and skills training in the Cedar Valley area during an interview with Ron Steele.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
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.
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!
Mike Row discusses the outlook of blue collar jobs. Click to the link to learn more.
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.
The Legends in Manufacturing Awards was an outstanding success! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to our winners!
September 11, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM
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.
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
October 2nd, 2018 at 4:30 PM
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!
October 3rd, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
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.