The Significance Of The Iowa Skilled Trades
MIKE ROWE, CEO mikeroweWORKS Foundation
HAPPY, DIRTY PEOPLE
From the Baltimore Opera to QVC shopping channel, Executive Producer and TV Host Mike Rowe has had hundreds of jobs and relished his role as a chronic freelancer. He’s best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, where he completed 300 different jobs traversing all 50 states and transformed cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, and coal mines. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, serial killers, and how stuff works. He has also forged a handful of partnerships with iconic brands and filmed a boatload of Ford commer- cials.
Most recently, Mike launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. In the podcast, Mike gives a different take on people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history.
In his spare time, Mike runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides a pile of free money to people getting trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. Mike speaks regularly about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation has helped grant more than million in technical and/or vocational education for trade schools across the country.
Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa
Governor Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and county treasurer, serves as Iowa’s 43rd Governor. Prior to taking office on May 24, 2017, she served as Iowa’s 45th lt. governor from 2011-2017. Gov. Reynolds truly understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, job creation, education, and technolo- gy.
Gov. Reynolds is committed to Building a Better Iowa by focusing on the following priorities:
• Creating a competitive business climate
• Developing the most innovative energy policy in the country
• Educating our children for a knowledge economy
• Training Iowans for the jobs of tomorrow
Gov. Reynolds has committed to visiting all of Iowa’s 99 counties to learn about how Iowa can become an even stronger state. Whether it’s meeting with business owners or rural farmers, she embraces the opportunity to gain insights into their concerns or encourage collaboration.
Skilled Trades Academy
Pre-Apprentice Skill Trades
Students focus on the commercial construction process in this introduc- tory program exploring Pre-Appren- ticeship. They work with experienced professionals in the field as well as representatives of local contractors and local apprenticeship programs.
Computer Aided Design Technology
The Computer Aided Design Technol- ogy program provides occupational and technical skills for entry in manu- facturing and construction careers or college entrance in the fields of engi- neering, design, and architecture. Stu- dents are introduced to principles and practices, engineering / construction / manufacturing standards, and the use of references and technical information. Students design, document, and build their activities using industry leading software and equipment.
In the Home Building program, students construct a house from the basement to the roof. This program concentrates on craftsmanship in framing, floors, trim, cabinetry, and finish work. First year students are involved in building sheds, garag-
es and second year students build a house. Students learn teamwork and participate in budgeting, purchasing, and estimating to prepare for careers in contracting. Students have an opportunity to earn a ten-hour OSHA card for general construction, certify in Lead Safe Work Practices, Power Actuated Tools and learn to drive a skid loader.
Painting and Drywall
The Painting and Drywall program focuses on getting students in the field to acquire the skills necessary for the commercial painting industry. They learn the proper use of hand and power equipment used for applying a variety of finishes.Along with direct links to union apprenticeships, students can earn a ten-hour OSHA card for general construction.
Welding provides opportunities for stu- dents to gain skills in blueprint reading, design, layout, and fabrication of specif- ic projects great and small. Throughout the program, they develop skills in different welds such as oxy-acetylene, shield metal arc, MIG, and plasma arc cutting.
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