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Mission: Employable

Jan 27, 2022

Pi515 is a Des Moines-based organization that is working to empower the future computer science workforce. We sit down with founder Nancy Mwirotsi, who shares her own unique story, which goes from dropping out of tech school to creating an organization that relentlessly advocates for underrepresented populations in the...

Jan 25, 2022

In this episode we dive into the wide world of Career Technical Education (CTE) in Iowa. Dennis Hardin, Bureau Chief of the Department of Education’s CTE division, explains how CTE is training Iowans in high-demand career fields and preparing them with skills to succeed. With over 100,000 high school students 

Jan 18, 2022

Jump into the time machine and learn about how apprenticeships came to be and why they have been crucial to societies throughout the ages. Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinators Kristopher Byam and Mimi Willoughby discuss some of the historical influences on the modern earn and learn model such as the practices...

Jan 13, 2022

We have a special update about the new Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship program announced during Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Condition of the State Address. Find out how Registered Apprenticeship programs in the healthcare industry can use this grant to fund innovative ways to teach the next generation...

Jan 11, 2022

Iowa’s returning citizens are rejoining their communities with new job skills in various industries. We speak with Iowa Prison Industries Director Dan Clark to learn how they’re preparing Iowa’s incarcerated population to find meaningful careers after their release.