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Internship Leads to Electrical Engineering Passion

Posted by: Emily Russ on Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Kelsey Hewitt knew at a young age that she was interested in engineering. As many students do, she stumbled upon this career field in middle school during a career speaker day. “I had a big interest in math, science and problem solving,” Hewitt says. Hewitt went on to obtain an internship through Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection at

Bringing Learning to Life

Posted by: Emily Russ on Monday, September 30, 2019
The staff and volunteers at Indian Creek Nature Center (ICNC) are champions of nature. They strive to connect people to nature and create a passion for the outdoors. Indian Creek Nature Center is an amazing resource we have right in our backyard. While many roles are needed to make things run smoothly day to day, one of the more sought-after positions at

Local Business Harnesses the Talents of Area's Students

Posted by: Kara Lindsay, MEDCO Intern on Thursday, August 8, 2019
This year, Iowa has been expanding work-based learning to better prepare students for careers in high demand job markets. The state goal is for 70% of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school. While this is a nice goal for the state to have, such a goal requires action from the communities to achieve it. Community Promise is

Becoming a talent pipeline leader

Posted by: Corridor Business Journal on Monday, March 11, 2019
Economic development organizations are continually having to reinvent themselves with changing priorities like the current workforce skills gap. Some are better than others with this difficult task. The one economic development organization that seems to be best at combating this talent issue with a focused effort on connecting and training its own

There Will Always Be a Need for Plumbing

Posted by: on Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Hanna Plumbing and Heating embraces the tagline: A family-owned, full-service plumbing, and HVAC Contractor. “There’s nothing more rewarding than having a business you started from nothing grow into something successful with your family around,” said Hanna Plumbing and Heating Vice President Tim Hanna. Tim and his wife Vicki started the

Exploring Iowa BIG

Posted by: Iowa Big Student on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The traditional concept of high school typically consists of a set schedule of classes in a set time frame with a set curriculum planned out well in advance. Students are told what to do and what to learn. Iowa BIG is rethinking the traditional concept of high school. Iowa BIG is a nationally recognized project-based high school educational program. BIG is

Students Gain a Competitive Advantage Through Internship Experiences

Posted by: on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
According to a recent Gallup poll, the number one thing employers want most in a new hire is an internship or one-the-job experience. So, why not start now? Information and connections gained through Community Promise or an internship facilitated by Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection are great places to start. Two area high school students are headed in
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