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A local welder stepped up when Marion High students asked for a welding class

Posted by: Grace King on Thursday, January 2, 2020
Chris Williams is not a teacher, but when students at Marion High School voiced interest in taking a welding course, the Hupp Electric Motors welder ventured out of his comfort zone and into the classroom. Williams had never taught before, or even thought about teaching, until an email from the Marion Economic Development Corp. to area businesses asked if

Computer Science Jobs are in High Demand. Learn about what it's like to be a Network Infrastructure Technician.

Posted by: Emily Russ on Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Did you know that Iowa has on average 4,000 open computing jobs and only 459 computer science students graduated in 2017? In the United States, there are more than half a million unfilled jobs in computing and technology. Additionally, these jobs are the top source of new wages in our country, which are projected to grow at twice the rate of all others.

Wellness is a Focus on Mind, Body, and Spirit

Posted by: Emily Russ on Tuesday, November 26, 2019
MercyCare Business Health Solutions provides total health management for corporate wellness programs to support the health and wellbeing of employees. Molly McWilliam, a Senior Wellness Coach at MercyCare, supports the wellness program at Mercy Medical Center. Wellness coaching includes the mind, body and spiritual wellness of employees. Coaches help to

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

Addressing the workforce challenge

Posted by: on Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Credit: A Corridor Business Journal Editorial, April 9-15, 2018 Edition The Wall Street Journal last week described the monumental challenge Iowa and the Midwest has in getting jobs filled. The Journal reports that the Midwest is the nation's only region where the number of job openings exceeds the number of unemployed persons. According to Labor

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
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