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Apprenticeship Success: an Employers Perspective


Companies that start apprenticeship programs are taking a long view at training for necessary skill sets and are helping to fill much needed jobs in many industries. To get a better take on the process, we interviewed two companies that have Registered Apprenticeship programs to get their input on launching a program and the opportunities or issues they have experienced. We went to opposite sides of the state and visited with Rick Farrell of Farrell’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Sioux City, and Steve Gilbert with Gilbert Home Comfort in Leon for their insight on apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeships in Western Iowa


Western Iowa Technical Community College (WITCC) in Sioux City has been improving the futures of their students and area businesses since the college was first organized as a vocational-technical school in 1966. Since inception they’ve continued to launch innovative programs and provided training opportunities to hundreds of area employees. One of their recent additions is the Registered Apprenticeship program, first started in 2012. For this apprenticeship issue, we caught up with WITCC Apprenticeship Coordinator, Jim Bergenske, to share information about their program and what makes it a success.

From the Desk of Director Durham: Apprenticeships

It’s no secret that Iowa needs more skilled workers. A 2014 report on Iowa education and workforce trends through 2025 finds that 68 percent of all Iowa jobs are expected to require post-secondary education and training beyond high school. In fact, the goal of the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa initiative is calling for 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce to have this education and training by 2025.

Made in Iowa


In honor of Oct. 6th being manufacturing day, and the whole month of October being manufacturing month, I decided to compile a list of unique products most people probably didn’t know were manufactured right here in Iowa. I think most people will be surprised to find out that according to Iowa Economic Development, Manufacturing, (not ag), is surprisingly the top industry in Iowa, generating a 17.8% of our GOP. Hopefully you’ll be as amazed as I was at the really cool things our state creates.

Profile: Additive Manufacturing Center, University of Northern Iowa

Tomorrow marks the fifth annual Manufacturing Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the industry, it’s career possibilities, and the advancements that have propelled manufacturing beyond the old, traditional assembly line. And one Iowa organization is continuously advancing additive manufacturing and positioning Iowa as a leader in the industry - the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC), part of the Metal Casting Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

5 Ways to Reduce Waste in Manufacturing

In my years at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, I have been through countless manufacturing facilities. From giant facilities crafting state-of-the-art helicopters to small craft breweries coming up with their latest concoction, all manufacturing facilities can minimize what they send to the landfill by doing these simple things:



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