The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance will unveil the results of Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, an economic impact study of the nonprofit arts industry conducted in Iowa's Creative Corridor. Results of the study reveal the level of economic activity as well as the number of full-time equivalent jobs the arts industry generates in the region. The study's findings also show how much tax revenues the nonprofit arts sector produces for the Corridor region and for the state of Iowa.
ICCA will present the results at 11 a.m. June 14 at Opus Concert Café, 119 Third Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids.
The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (www.culturalcorridor.org) is an alliance of more than 150 cultural organizations in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. The mission of ICCA is to promote the varied cultural activities of its partner organizations and to nurture a sustainable cultural community. This is done through advocacy-focused events, educational programming, arts and culture awareness, cultural tourism, and building strong relationships throughout the community.
Kirkwood's Jones County Regional Center a retraining model
Roughly 82 percent of available jobs in the state require training above high school, but not necessarily a four-year degree, according to a recent study by Iowa Workforce Development.
Kirkwood Community College, in partnership with IowaWORKS, has developed an in-time, rapid response workforce solution to this very problem. When Georgia Pacific's Monticello plant closed earlier this year, Kirkwood already had an action plan in place. By studying local job markets and determining relevant skills the displaced workers needed, Kirkwood developed a tailored training plan, providing short-term certification programs in computer numerical control (CNC) machining, welding and computer programming at Kirkwood's Jones County Regional Center.
"These workers can earn valuable new skills with financial assistance from the Workforce Investment Act program," Kristy Black, dean of off-campus programs and director of the Jones County Regional Center, stated in a press release. "Plus, the training is right here in Monticello, making it very convenient for them to get back on their feet."
Once they complete the program this fall, they'll be able to put their new skills to work in the Corridor region.
Mount Mercy offers session on marriage and family therapy program
Mount Mercy University will offer an information session on its competitive new graduate program, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy June 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Basile Hall's Flaherty Community Room in Cedar Rapids.
Mount Mercy's program is designed for working adults and offers convenient evening weekday classes. The information session will include an overview of the program and a question and answer session with faculty and current students.
The only institution in Iowa to offer this degree, Mount Mercy's MFT program is grounded in the idea that individuals who seek psycho- therapeutic assistance are influenced by a complex set of factors.
After completion of postgraduate supervised hours, graduate students will be eligible for state licensure and a variety of career opportunities.
For more information on the program or to apply, visit: www.mtmercy.edu/mft. Mount Mercy is currently accepting applications for fall 2012 entry.
Short-term Event Planner
Designing Effective Websites, Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services Center, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. Learn the techniques needed to design a website that is appealing to the user. Look at planning and navigating the site and fonts, graphics, and colors that will best fit your website. Also discuss how Web servers and clients work together along with ways to minimize security hazards. Tuition includes a textbook. 5:30-9:30 p.m., two sessions. Cost: $145. To register, call (319) 398-1022 or visit www.kirkwood.edu/ce.
Today's closing price and change from yesterday for select publicly traded Corridor companies
|NAME ||SYM||PRICE||CHG||% CHG|
|Dow Jones Industrial ||^DJI||12,573.80||162.57||1.31%|
|Alliant Energy ||LNT||45.1||0.19||0.42%|
|ITC Holdings ||ITC||68.93||-0.43||-0.62%|
|MidWestOne Financial ||MOFG||20.21||0.17||0.85%|
|Principal Financial ||PFG||25.19||0.59||2.40%|
|Procter & Gamble ||PG||62.76||0.22||0.35%|
|Rockwell Collins ||COL||50.38||0.47||0.94%|
|Tanger Factory Outlet ||SKT||30.85||0.23||0.75%|
|United Fire Group||UFCS||21.27||0.37||1.77%|
|Wells Fargo ||WFC||31.3||0.31||1.00%|
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Gov. Terry Branstad announced the new Skilled Iowa Initiative on Monday, a program that provides assurances to employers and potential employers that local workforces have the skills and abilities to fill job openings. "The Skilled Iowa Initiative is a critical step in improving the quality of the workforce in Iowa," he stated in a press release. "It is important Iowa's government, private industry and our educational system work together to find innovative solutions."
Two Iowa teachers are being recognized for their work with students in math and science. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says Karla Digmann, of Dubuque and Jody Stone, of Cedar Falls, have been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Ms. Digmann received the award from math. Ms. Stone was recognized for her work as a science teacher. The White House says the award is presented annually to outstanding K-12 science and math teachers across the country. Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington, D.C.
Many Eastern Iowa students depend on free or reduced school lunch but when summer rolls around some of these kids go hungry. Some Cedar Rapids non-profits are partnering with the USDA to help fill the void. One of those places is Horizons, which will be giving out meals at local parks every weekday this summer, with the exceptions of July 4, 26 and 27. Organizers say all kids who need a meal are welcome.
CBS 2 FirstWarning Weather-- The cold front that brought us some rain yesterday morning will bring us cooler weather for today. It will be a great day to open the windows up and get some cool, fresh air into the house. We will see mostly sunny skies today with a northwest breeze at 10 to 15 mph. This will keep our highs this afternoon in the lower to mid 70s. Tonight will be mostly clear and cool with temperatures dropping into the upper 40s. Wednesday will be the start of a warming trend that will continue through the weekend. We will see a few more clouds on Wednesday with partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s. Thursday will be breezy with highs climbing back into the lower 80s. By the weekend, highs will be back into the upper 80s.