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Grundy Center Students Get a Head Start on STEM Careers

Posted by Brittany Jungck on Jun 26, 2012 8:08:00 AM

Last week, over a dozen students from the Grundy Center area spent their days getting a jump on their future careers by building their STEM skills.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is an educational pathway that aligns with the most in-demand jobs both locally and globally.

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New Engineers Begin Journey at FREE Summer Camp

Posted by Brittany Jungck on Jun 19, 2012 7:50:00 AM

A new class of 80 young people began a new adventure in the world of engineering and manufacturing development this week by participating in one of Hawkeye Community College’s FREE Gateway Academy Camps. 

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Topics: Careers in manufacturing, high school, engineering, Project Lead The Way

A New Career Begins Today For Twenty, Impressive Students

Posted by Brittany Jungck on Jun 11, 2012 8:02:00 AM

At 7:30 this morning, twenty young people boarded a bus ready to set off for a day of orientation for the new class of EMC2 students at Hawkeye Community College.  EMC2, created in 2000, is a program that allows high school students to get a head start on their careers in CNC Machining and Tooling Technology by taking *FREE* classes during the summers following their junior and senior years.

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Topics: Careers in manufacturing, CNC Machining, industrial technology, high school, Hawkeye Employers

You're Hired! Hawkeye Graduates Find Jobs In Skilled Trades

Posted by Brittany Jungck on Jun 5, 2012 9:42:00 PM

Each day, at least one person will ask me, “Where do your students go to work after graduation?  John Deere?”  The truth is, we are fortunate to live in a community that hosts such a prestigious company that does, in fact, hire many Hawkeye Community College graduates.  This has been a proud statistic that Hawkeye has shared with potential students for many years.

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Topics: Careers in manufacturing, CNC Machining, industrial technology, advanced manufacturing, Iowa Manufacturing, Hawkeye Employers

Manufacturing: More Than a Trend

Posted by Brittany Jungck on Jun 4, 2012 7:00:00 AM

My career revolves around manufacturing and manufacturing training.  Until recently, this has been a topic that has intimidated a lot of people.  Now, the media is doing all sorts of stories about manufacturing and its role in turning around our nation’s economy.  But, I am here to tell you that this is not anything new.

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Topics: Careers in manufacturing, industrial technology, New equipment, advanced manufacturing, Iowa Manufacturing, engineering, top careers

Hawkeye Community College Invests in CNC Machines for Local High Schools

Posted by Brittany Jungck on May 31, 2012 7:04:00 AM

With more than two hundred job openings for CNC Machinists, Hawkeye Community College has been working to develop new and exciting ways to draw more people to this profitable and reliable career.  One new program being developed in the Applied Science and Engineering Technology Department, involves seven, new CNC Tourmach machines that will be "loaned" to specfic high schools in Area VII.

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Topics: Careers in manufacturing, CNC Machining, industrial technology, high school, training programs, New equipment

Hudson Students Design "Ultimate" Vehicle

Posted by Brittany Jungck on May 21, 2012 8:08:00 AM

When many people think about typical industrial technology curriculum, they think about hammering birdhouses and gluing doorstops.  The truth is, the sophistication, innovation and technology in today's industrial technology classrooms is astounding and students are building amazing projects and making a difference in their communities.

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Topics: industrial technology, high school, advanced manufacturing, engineering, Welding

Welding Careers Start Early in Independence

Posted by Brittany Jungck on May 10, 2012 12:53:00 PM

High school students in the Independence area have a unique opportunity to get a head start on their manufacturing careers by taking part in the Welding Academy at Hawkeye's Independence Center.  With the help of their high school guidance counselors, students can sign up for afternoon classes that will help them to earn 11 credits toward their future training program BEFORE graduating from high school.  This is a $1,600 value!  AMAZING! 

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Topics: Careers in manufacturing, industrial technology, high school, Welding

Cedar Falls Elementary Students Explore Hawkeye & STEM

Posted by Brittany Jungck on May 7, 2012 11:55:00 AM

On a rainy Friday on a campus buzzing with students preparing for finals, faculty put down their red pens for an afternoon and welcomed dozens of 6th grade students from all six, Cedar Falls elementary schools to learn about in-demands careers in the STEM field. 

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Topics: training programs, top careers, Welding, trucking

Free PLTW Camp Available at Waverly High School

Posted by Brittany Jungck on Apr 29, 2012 6:33:00 PM

Each year, Hawkeye Community College sponsors several camps where middle school students are invited to build rockets, shoot catapults, design bridges, race solar cars and learn a lot of teamwork.  Gateway to Technology is a Project Lead the Way program offered to junior high students across the country, and with the help of generous, local foundations, Hawkeye Community College is able to offer these great activities in camp form.

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Topics: high school, engineering, Project Lead The Way