Elevate Iowa Offers $7,500 in Scholarships

March 31, 2015

Elevate Iowa Offers $7,500 in Scholarships at Iowa's Community Colleges

High School Seniors Pursuing Advanced Manufacturing Careers Encouraged to Apply

DES MOINES – Elevate Iowa is offering $7,500 in scholarships to Iowa high school students interested in studying a manufacturing-related career at one of Iowa’s 15 Community Colleges. One scholarship will be made per college.

“Manufacturing firms supply more than 208,000 jobs to Iowans,” says Mike Ralston, president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. “These well-paying careers require education and training beyond high school but often don’t require the burdensome cost of a bachelor’s degree. Recent studies have shown that two-year degree holders, especially in high-demand manufacturing occupations, can earn salaries that surpass those of four-year college graduates.”

Examples of scholarship-eligible training programs include Welding, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machining, Industrial Automation, Industrial Maintenance, Robotics, and Tool and Die.

In addition to a $500 scholarship, Elevate Iowa scholarship recipients will be recognized at an event this fall, which will honor and celebrate the contributions of Iowa’s manufacturing leaders. Winners also will receive admission to Iowa’s Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Sept. 30, 2015.

Interested candidates should apply by completing the application found at www.elevateiowa.com.

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Elevate Iowa (www.elevateiowa.com) is a statewide, integrated marketing campaign to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing. The initiative is directed by a coalition of all 15 Iowa Community Colleges represented by the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the private manufacturing sector and the State of Iowa. The initiative is funded in part by the I-AM Consortium, which is 100% financed by a grant from the Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration. Elevate Iowa offers resources to the public specifically targeting those eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers, unemployed/underemployed Iowans, U.S. veterans, along with K-12 students and their families.