Iowa Ideas Conference was hosted by the Cedar Rapids Gazette in September. Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa. Tracks included agriculture, Education, Diversity Forum, Education, Energy & Environment, Health Care, Next Gen Summit, Human Social Services, Regional Development, Policy and Workforce. If you are interested in receiving updates regarding Iowa Ideas project and track-specific newsletters and opportunities to connect, go to https://www.thegazette.com/iowaideas.
The conference included the Iowa Public Radio and Cedar Rapids Gazette event, "Pints and Politics" at the Cedar Rapids Theater.
Note: Val Reinke was a recipient of the Cedar Rapids Gazette Iowa Ideas scholarship ($200 value).
Business & Community Sector Board
NICC and ACED co-hosted the Business & Community Sector Board event at Empty Nest Winery on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The event attracted 60+ attendees. Each attendee was given a coaster at registration. This coaster featured an Empty Nest wine, which was the table assignment. Lisa Schaefer, keynote speaker & facilitator, led the group through the design thinking process and led an exercise to promote design thinking. Appetizers were provided, wine was available for purchase, and door prizes (gift certificates to Safe House Saloon, WW Homestead Dairy, Gus 'n Tony's Steak & Pizza and a NICC community education voucher were given. Thank you to all who participated! The Business & Community Sector Board in Allamakee County is doing great things.
See Val if you need a lesson in the potato digger dance.
Why Business Community Sector Boards Exist
To provide critical, impactful connections between employers, educators, community developers, regional workforce board and other key stakeholders
To address the needs of human capital growth in communities
To address other needs that will assist in growing businesses and communities and to develop a plan to assist with economic growth
The objective is to serve business stakeholders through the exchange of information and implementation of workforce solutions based on shared goals and human capital needs, leading to measurable results
Action Items, Current Initiatives & Successes
Development and implementation of internships, apprenticeships and hands on learning in skilled trades.
Development and implementation of a mentoring program (business/teacher, business/student, senior employees/younger employees at same business).
1. Work-Based Learning Workshop April 13th, 2018
2. Annual Career Fair – Kee High School
3. Promotion of apprenticeship programs to employers
4. Manufacturing month tours
5. Annual career workshop for juniors and seniors – Waukon High School
6. Annual 8th & 9th Grade Career Exploration Fairs
7. Annual Summer Camps
8. Career Learning Link program that promotes job shadows, career coaching, career exploration field trips, business mentoring and work-based learning opportunities
9. Pre-employment strategies class offered at each high school
10. High Schools are developing on-the-job training programs for high school students
11. Development of a welding career pathway certificate in Allamakee County.
Post all area jobs in the same place.
Educate students and parents on student loan debt.
1. Local banks participated in FAFSA completion workshops
2. Local businesses presenting in classrooms
3. Iowajobs.org website allows job seekers and businesses to connect
4. VMH/High Schools: Annual Reality 101 for seniors
5. ACED/Waukon High School: Newspaper articles about people who moved back/stayed in the area. WHS Comp I students writing the stories.
Develop training programs for businesses in onboarding/training employees, employee appreciation, generational differences, soft skills and others as needed.
1. Business Trainings: 14 area business signed up for local trainings in 2018: Tough Talks: Handling Difficult Conversations, Five Generations in the Marketplace, Building Effective Teams, A Roadmap to Talent Management and Succession Planning, Engaging Millennials in the Workplace
2. Cultures Training: Tracey Tempesh, HR Manager for Prairie Industries Inc. spoke to the group about company culture on 6-8-18