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Top ED Recommendations to the Obama Administration

As part of their Winning the Race 2012 series of policy briefs, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)  offers this policy brief titled: TOP POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO HELP THE UNITED STATES WIN THE RACE FOR GLOBAL ADVANTAGE.  The brief addresses five key areas; Trade Sector Competativeness, Taxes, Science and R&D, STEM, and Skills Digital Economy.

ITIF is a non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally. For more information on ITIF, go to www.itif.org.

Review the policy brief here.


Cedar Valley Industries to Host Over 1,300 Youth for National Manufacturing Day


Thirteen manufacturers will host Waterloo and Cedar Falls 9th graders in their facilities on Friday, October 5th as part of an activity for National Manufacturing Day.

CEDAR VALLEY of IOWA (September 12, 2012) — In response to the growing talent demand in advanced manufacturing in the Cedar Valley, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber (GCVAC) is sponsoring an educational event for all 9th graders attending Waterloo East and West High Schools, and Cedar Falls Peet and Holmes Junior High Schools; a total of more than 1,300 students.

On October 5th Students will make a one hour visit to a local manufacturing company, tour its production operations, and discuss the history and future of each company with leaders of the organization. The purpose of this event is to provide students, parents and educators with a greater understanding of modern manufacturing and the local firms that make up the Cedar Valley manufacturing community.

Also recognizing the need for hundreds of machinists, welders, technicians and assemblers across the region, Hawkeye Community College, John Deere, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Cedar Valley Manufacturers Association have signed on as additional sponsors.

“It was important to include all students in this activity, not just students interested in industrial technology,” said Brittany Jungck, Director of Business Services for the GCVAC, “Many young people have not had exposure to modern manufacturing. Our goal is to open their eyes to fantastic career opportunities.”

Companies participating in National Manufacturing Day vary from locally-owned operations such as Advanced Heat Treat, Kryton Engineered Metals, and Power Engineering and Manufacturing to national or global corporations such as John Deere, MetoKote and Omega Cabinets.

“Today, economic growth is tied to brain power not muscle power.  Manufacturing is a key component of our Cedar Valley economy, and smart, talented people are needed in the modern, advanced manufacturing plant.  Manufacturing Day is a great way to help students connect what they’re learning now with well-paying career choices in the Cedar Valley,” said GCVAC’s CEO Steve Dust.  He continues, “The manufactures, schools, and sponsors are delivering tremendous value to the students with this event, which will be returned with a larger, better-prepared talent pool in the future.”

To learn more about National Manufacturing Day, visit: www.mfgday.com or contact Brittany Jungck of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber at bjunck@cedarvalleyalliance.com or by calling 319-232-1156.


Hawkeye Community College and Target to Host 2,000 Students for STEM Career Fair

September 19, 2012
CONTACT:  Kathy Flynn 319-296-4218


Eighth grades students from all over the Cedar Valley are invited to attend this two-day event with their school districts to learn about the top careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. 


WATERLOO—On Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, nearly 2,000 local eighth grade students will arrive on the Hawkeye Community College campus to learn about in-demand careers in the Cedar Valley.  Target, a sponsor of the event for the past four years, will also be providing hundreds of volunteer hours working with the students, teachers, and businesses at the event.  This career fair is set to take place in Grundy Hall on the Hawkeye Community College campus, located at 1501 East Orange Road.

More than twenty presentations will be held as part of this event.  Students will get the opportunity to sample virtual reality technology, hear about a “day in the life” of area professionals, and learn what skills are needed to get hired in today’s high-tech economy.  Students have the opportunity to choose their sessions from a list of opportunities and customize their experience on campus.  Area educators love the fair, because it provides additional information to help students write their “I Have a Plan” career plan, a requirement of all eighth graders in Iowa preparing for high school.

Industries represented at the event include engineering, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and product development.  School districts who will take part in the event include Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Valley Catholic schools, and a number of school districts from across Eastern Iowa.

Hawkeye Community College faculty and staff are playing a big part in the event, featuring their most popular programs, providing logistical support, and assisting the presenters in helping to design their activities.  The career fair will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the festivities will be complete by 3:00 p.m. each day.

If more information is needed, please contact Jill Dobson at Hawkeye Community College:   jill.dobson@hawkeyecollege.edu or by phone: 319-240-5494.


Note:  Hawkeye Community College’s main campus is located near the southeast edge of Waterloo, Iowa. There are currently more than 5,900 students attending classes.


University of Northern Iowa Named Northeast Iowa STEM HUB

The new Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, a public-private partnership overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and a stronger STEM workforce. Six STEM network hubs will work with business, education institutions, nonprofit groups and others in their region in a way that best fits local needs, interests and resources. STEM network hubs will be the driving force offering Iowa students more opportunities to learn about STEM, and better prepare them for STEM careers.

UNI is one of six chosen from a pool of 13 Iowa institutions and organizations who applied. Hubs will physically house the coordinating centers and their network hub managers and will take advantage of local assets such as partner businesses, county extension, formal and informal education organizations, nonprofits and more.

Be part of something greater - The Cedar Valley of Iowa

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is a regional economic community development corporation working to increase economic vitality and wealth in the Waterloo / Cedar Falls area and surrounding economic region. The Alliance & Chamber has approximately 800 members that represents over 40,000 employees