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Kirkwood, Manufacturing Sector Promote Teen Career Awareness

By October 9, 2018 October 26th, 2018 No Comments
Advancing the Future - A Tour of Corridor Manufacturers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (October 9, 2018)-Kirkwood’s Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) has partnered with area high schools to facilitate tours of manufacturers, Oct. 15-19, during the 6th annual Advancing the Future event. The public event, coordinated by area Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board members, is designed to showcase manufacturing advancements and educate participants about the industry’s in-demand occupations.

WLC provides career exploration through events, job shadows and internships for middle and high school students. This year’s event is expected to attract a record number of students from schools within Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, Johnson, Linn and Washington counties, and provide them the opportunity to tour any of 19 participating manufacturers.

“This event is all about growing the local talent pipeline,” said Event Coordinator Barb Rawson. “By creating awareness among teens, they’ll understand there are so many well-paying job opportunities right here in ICR. Just two years at Kirkwood can lead to an amazing future in the advanced manufacturing industry.”

Since 2011, Kirkwood has been working with manufacturing employers, economic development agencies and community-based organizations through sector partnership. The collaboration has proven to be fruitful, as it has given local manufacturing companies the opportunity to interact with a large number of potential employees and continue to grow their workforce pipeline.

“Manufacturers are telling us that this tour has led to some great hires,” said Amy Lasack, senior director of Kirkwood Corporate Training. “I encourage anyone who needs a job, or may be thinking about one, to participate.”

Advancing the Future is a free event. For a list of participating manufacturers, tour map, dates and times, visit