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ESCO Group Summer Intern Lands Full-Time Role

Posted by: on Monday, September 28, 2020
Michael Pfeiffer first learned about ESCO Group at Kirkwood Community College, when a recruiter visited his class. “I always knew I was interested in ESCO and that they were a great company I wanted to work for one day.” Pfeiffer completed the Industrial Maintenance and Automation programs at Kirkwood Community College and was lucky enough to

Marion Community Build Press Event Set for September 25th

Posted by: Emily Russ on Monday, September 21, 2020
Marion, IA – Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) announces the launch of Marion Community Build, a program of Community Promise. The effort is a new partnership together with the City of Marion, Marion Independent School District and Linn-Mar Community School District. For more than thirty years the school districts have constructed new

Bricklayer Apprenticeships: Why YOU Should Consider It!

Posted by: MEDCO Intern: Alexa Ganzeveld on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Our third story in the series “What’s an Apprenticeship Anyways?” brings us more information about Bricklayer Apprenticeships. Bricklayers can work within construction or maintenance work. In construction, bricklayers build walls, chimneys, fireplaces, partitions, and other structures in homes and public buildings. In maintenance work,

Community Promise Awards First Pursuit Grant

Posted by: on Monday, August 31, 2020
As a young teenager, Corbin Kruser loved jet skiing and motocross. His curiosity and mechanical aptitude eventually led him to start making his own parts to support his hobbies. As soon as high school allowed, Corbin joined the Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding Career Academy at Kirkwood Community College. Kirkwood offers several career

Carpentry Registered Apprenticeship Program at Five Rivers Carpenters JATC

Posted by: Alexa Ganzeveld on Friday, August 7, 2020
For over 40 years, the highly experienced training committee at Five Rivers Carpenters JATC have been teaching apprentices the art of carpentry. Through commercial carpentry, residential carpentry and cabinetry classes, Five Rivers Carpenters JATC help apprentices become professional carpenters. John DeLany, Apprenticeship Coordinator at Five Rivers

What Are Apprenticeships Anyways?

Posted by: Alexa Ganzeveld on Wednesday, July 29, 2020
After completing high school, many students have the option of going straight into the workforce, community college, or a four-year institution. With apprenticeships, students can learn valuable skills while getting paid for their work both inside and outside of the classroom. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Apprenticeship programs keep

Training Director Talks Electrical Apprenticeship

Posted by: Alexa Ganzeveld on Wednesday, July 29, 2020
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, apprenticeships have a proven track record of producing strong results for both employers and workers. Apprenticeship programs offer access to hundreds of occupations, in high-growth and emerging industries. Mike Carson, Training Director at Cedar Rapids Electrical Apprenticeship Training and Educational Trust

Marion Native Finds Perfect Fit in Law Firm

Posted by: Alexa Ganzeveld on Friday, June 26, 2020
J.K. Robison has always been curious when it comes to legal matters and knew that she wanted to help others. While completing college, she spent her summers working in law firms as a clerk. She enjoyed working in the small firm environment and knew the field of law was the perfect fit for her. Robison is a 1979 graduate of Linn Mar High School and has been
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