Elevate Newsletter 
December 2018
Elevate Scholarships

Elevate is giving away 15 $500 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending an Iowa Community College in the fall for a career in advanced manufacturing. 

Examples of eligible training programs include welding, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining, industrial automation, industrial maintenance, robotics, tool and die, and transportation and logistics. Each community college will be recognized.

Students will email their applications to Alex Monaghan, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing Program Coordinator. 

Please help Elevate advertise the scholarship by sharing this link on your social media channels, on your news and events webpage, and with educators, students, and parents. 
Legends in Manufacturing Award Winners
Mike Ralston, Kelly Mitchell (Ambassador of the Year), MJ Dolan, and Alex Monaghan

DES MOINES, Iowa - October 3, 2018 - In its fourth annual Legends in Iowa Manufacturing event, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), recognized leaders in manufacturing at an awards dinner. Over 200 people attended the event at the Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.
Click here to read the winners. 
Advancing Opportunities & Educating Iowa's Future Manufacturing Workforce
Advanced manufacturing accounts for almost 90% of Iowa's exports, contributes $29 billion to the state's economy, and represents 14% of the state's total employment, placing manufacturers in the top third of employers in Iowa. 

Click here to learn about careers in manufacturing. 

Student's, "Earn While you Learn"
Students receive apprentice certificates.  
CARTER LAKE - Thomas Stalbosky discovered welding while taking automotive classes in high school.

It took a year before Stalbosky found a job that would teach him more about welding. He worked as a shift supervisor for a car wash.  Then he learned about an opportunity to become a welding apprentice.

PVS Structures, a steel fabrication company in Carter Lake, offered Stalbosky something others didn't: an opportunity to "earn while you learn" as a full-time employee, where he received a steady paycheck while completing a nationally-accredited academic program through Iowa Western Community College.

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Explore Manufacturing in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor!

ICR-IOWA Region - The Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board has released an online portal  designed to be a resource for educators and students and to create awareness about the manufacturing industry and the careers within it.

Click here to learn more! 
New Northwest Iowa Manufacturing Partnership Announced

Sheldon, Iowa - Top officials with some leading northwest Iowa manufacturers joined community college and economic development leaders in November to announce a unique new partnership designed to address a critical workforce development challenge facing area employers. The announcement was held in the Manufacturing Lab at NCC in Sheldon. 

Click here to learn more! Click here to view the manufacturing resource.
NICC and 24 Businesses Hosted Tours For High School Students
Students touring Trinity Fabrications.
Northeast Iowa Community College and 24 business partners showcased the invaluable contributions of the manufacturing industry to the state of Iowa's economy this fall, by inviting high school students to tour their operations.

Click here to read more!
Elevate Ambassador Highlight
Agri-Industrial Plastics hosted students for a panel discussion.
There are over 180 Elevate Ambassadors promoting a positive perception about the manufacturing industry and educating students, parents, and mentors about advanced manufacturing careers  through presentations, hosting manufacturing tours, and more!

To learn more about the ambassadors involvement click   here

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Elevate ambassador please contact   Alex Monaghan.
Manufacturing Facts
The False Perception:
Manufacturing careers are dirty, dangerous and dead-end jobs. These jobs are 'consolation prizes' for those who 'couldn't cut it' at a four-year school.
The Reality:
Advanced manufacturing careers offer outstanding pay and benefits (average salary of $56,080 compared with $44,910 for other industries*). These careers are high-tech, take place in clean and lean facilities and have growth potential.

Iowa Manufacturing Facts

* 2016 Bureau of Economic Analysis

* The manufacturing sector's 220,989 jobs accounted for 10.6% of Iowa's total employment in 2016.
Projected Career Growth by 2020 in Iowa:
- Computer Numerically   
  Controlled (CNC) + 23%
 - Transportation/Logistics +19%
 - Machining +17%
 - Industrial Automation +16%
 - Welding +14%
 - Industrial Maintenance. +11%
 - Tool & Die +8%
 - Manufacturing Technology. +3%

Video Testimonial 
Something More

Megan and Robert each had very different jobs, but they both wanted something more out of their careers.
2018 MFG Day Results

Southwestern Community College Results
On October 11th, Union County Development Association hosted 162 8th grade students from Creston, East Union, Mayflower and St. Malachy to learn about various career pathways and participate in virtual reality simulators such as welding. The event was held at Supertel in Creston.
Company Feature
United Equipment Accessories, Inc. is a second generation, family-operated company in Waverly, IA.  With over 60 years in business, the UEA team takes pride in solving industry challenges with exceptional customer service and innovative designs. 

UEA manufacturers s lip rings, cable reels, shift controls, and hydraulic swivels for the following industries: c onstruction, forestry, utility, wind, agriculture, mining, ground support equipment and industrial machinery.

Click here to learn more about UEA!
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