Students in Iowa Share Their Thoughts on Iowa Business and Industry

September 10, 2021 | Iowa's Ongoing Manufacturing Workforce Shortage

Summer is a time for Iowa students to get ahead with the ABI Foundation’s programs Business Horizons (five days in July) and Leadership Iowa University (five days in August). Each experience is focused on providing students connections to opportunities in Iowa as they consider their aspirations.

During each program, students speak with business leaders and tour businesses. It is these engaging and interactive activities that reframe and expand their perception of our state and possible careers the students hope to pursue. Many students comment their awe at the interest the professional volunteers and the greater business community have in their future plans.

Additionally, students see the businesses that sponsor the program on signage and in their materials and come to understand the care these organizations take in making the program possible.

Hear more from the students who participated in the summer of 2021 themselves!

“It means a lot that businesses in Iowa believe in our ability to succeed.”

— Joseph Schammel, Austin High School (Milford)

“It means that companies want to give us a better future.”

— Kaia Dieterich, Maquoketa High School (Preston)

“Companies notice the next generation and want to provide them with the best chance of success.”

— Morgan Brouwer, Cascade Jr Sr High School

“Throughout the week, I learned first-hand that the businesses and the professionals here in Iowa are excited and more than willing to help me and my peers succeed.”

— Jolee Mohr, University of Iowa ‘22

“This program helped me to grow as a well-rounded professional and person. Leadership Iowa University taught me so much about the many opportunities the great State of Iowa has to offer.”

— Ace Tipton, Drake University ‘22

The ABI Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit empowering Iowans to be enthusiastic citizens, engaged workers and inspired leaders. To learn more about how to get involved with these programs as a volunteer or sponsor, visit or email