MISSION: EMPLOYABLE PODCAST

Mission Impossible PodcastOur mission: to introduce listeners to strategies and programs geared toward strengthening Iowa's workforce.

Mission: Employable is a weekly podcast focused on workforce-related topics in Iowa. We will feature conversations with subject matter experts about the wide variety of  programs and services offered by our agency and partner organizations. It is also a chance to  speak with Iowans about innovative solutions for building a skilled workforce. The podcast will have something for everyone, whether you are an employer looking to expand your workforce, or a job seeker interested in a high-demand job. 

Tune in every Tuesday for the latest episode: Listen to All Episodes

Hosted by Ryan West, Iowa Workforce Development Deputy Director.

Produced by the Iowa Workforce Development Communications Bureau.

 

Introduction

June 2021

Join us for a discussion about Iowa’s community colleges with Dr. Lori Sundberg, the president of Kirkwood Community College. Discover how community colleges help students get the education and training necessary for in-demand careers across the state.

This episode focuses on the collaboration between Mercy College and MercyOne Medical Center. Find out how this partnership is helping to advance healthcare education and recruit more Iowans into the rapidly growing career field. 

This week we’ll learn about the benefits of starting a High School Registered Apprenticeship program.   Guests from West Delaware High School discuss their welding Registered Apprenticeship program and how it creates new opportunities for students ready to enter the workforce. For more information about starting a Registered Apprenticeship program, visit EarnAndLearnIowa.gov.

It’s another Registered Apprenticeship podcast on this episode of “Mission: Employable”. Greer Sisson, the State Director of the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, shares how Registered Apprenticeship programs make a big difference in Iowa. Learn about how Registered Apprenticeship programs can build a skilled workforce in our state. 

May 2021

Waukee APEX Director Michelle Hill drops in to talk about how the innovative program is connecting high schoolers, businesses, and communities for next-level education. Learn how the Waukee APEX program is helping the students of today become the workforce of tomorrow.  

“Order up!” Join the discussion about Iowa's restaurant industry with guest Jessica Dunker, President and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. Dunker talks about the pandemic’s impact on the food service industry, and how crucial it is for Iowa’s restaurants to bounce back over the next year. 

In this episode, we are talking about untapped talent in Iowa’s workforce with Dr. Marvin DeJear, Senior Vice President of Talent Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn about the resources and programs available to help employers build a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Join the conversation as we talk about ways to build a more inclusive workforce for Iowans with disabilities. Administrator for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services David Mitchell discusses key resources and programs that can provide assistance to Iowans with disabilities and connect people with employment opportunities.  

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April 2021

On today's episode of Mission: Employable, Registered Apprenticeship Coordinator Amy Beller talks about how registered apprenticeship programs can benefit both employers and job-seekers. There is a Registered Apprenticeship program for just about any career field. Whether you're a business looking to build your talent pipeline or an adult-learner seeking a career change, this podcast is for you! 

In this episode we learn about the motivation behind the STEMBEST initiative from the Executive Director Jeff Weld. The STEM program is a fantastic way for building a talent pipeline in fields that include science, technology, engineering and math. The key is to get kids engaged in these programs at a young age so they can build Iowa's future ready workforce! 

Don't miss this special entrepreneurial episode where Iowa's very own Christian Gray shares how AXIS-U uses an "earn and learn" training model to develop skilled workers. Christian’s passion for helping employers and job seekers alike is changing the landscape of career training and employee recruitment in Iowa.  Jump in and get the scoop on how AXIS-U can help you today! 

Learn about what the Future Ready Iowa initiative is and its goal to strengthen Iowa's workforce for years to come. Future Ready Iowa Policy Advisor Kathy Leggett talks about the innovative initiative and how it is already creating new opportunities for Iowans. Whether you are an employer, educator, adult learner or a recent graduate, there is a Future Ready Iowa program for you!  

In today’s episode, we talk about how the Home Base Iowa program is poised to attract Veterans and returning service members to the state of Iowa. We’ll hear from the Home Base Iowa Coordinators Jathan Chicoine and Gary Sharpe, who give you the scoop on all the awesome opportunities that are available to Veterans, returning service members, and their families! 

In this episode, the President of the Technology Association of Iowa, Brian Waller breaks down some of the fantastic initiatives that are going on around the state technology wise. As you will hear, technology is much larger and in many more organizations than one may think. Don’t shy away from the tech innovation that Iowa offers. Tune in and get plugged in to some wonderful opportunities!

Don't miss a great episode where Executive Director Aaron Horn lays out all the of great opportunities that NewBoCo offers. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, NewBoCo is positioned to help Iowa decrease the skills gap in information technology coding. Tune in and find out how you can acquire the skills to shape the state for years to come!

This week we're talking about how Iowans can find the right tools and resources to find their dream job. IowaWORKS Division Administrator Mike Witt talks about how American Job Centers across the state can help job seekers and employers connect with great opportunities.

Join us for a special episode to celebrate baseball season's opening day with Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg and Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend. They will share their thoughts on the upcoming season and how it helps kick off springtime openings for Iowa's businesses.

March 2021

 

This week, Director Debi Durham joins us for a discussion about Iowa’s positive workforce forecast. Director Durham oversees the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority. Both agencies play important roles in helping Iowa foster innovation and unique workforce opportunities across the state.

Join the leader of Iowa Workforce Development for a discussion on all things workforce opportunity in the State of Iowa. In this episode, Director Beth Townsend highlights statewide initiatives as we come out of the pandemic. Director Townsend is a veteran of the United States Air Force and she talks about the awesome opportunities that are available for returning service members and veterans in the State of Iowa. Don't miss it!

Don't miss episode two of the Mission: Employable podcast where Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg talks about the advantages that Iowa has to offer. The Lt. Governor is involved with some fantastic initiatives around the state, that lend well to us coming out of the pandemic.

In this first Mission: Employable episode, hear Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds lay out her vision for Iowa as we come out of the pandemic. Adversity creates opportunity and the Governor's vision for Iowa's workforce is very positive. Join us and discover your future career path!

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