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Lee County EDG Receives Best in State Award for Grow Lee Programs

Published Friday, May 10, 2019
Unprecedented collaboration resulted in Lee County EDG being recognized by Governor Kim Reynolds for supporting growth and expansion of existing Lee County, Iowa companies. 
 
This is the third Best in State award Grow Lee has received from the Professional Developers of Iowa in the past four years.
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Lee County Schools Leading the Way in STEM Education

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced at the Future Ready Iowa Conference in Des Moines the six schools selected to each receive $50,000 grants through the Computer Science is Elementary project, including Richardson Elementary in Fort Madison. 

 The school district stated, "FMCSD recognizes the importance of providing our students with STEM Education as it is becoming increasingly relevant to workplace readiness." Pictured is Rachella Dravis, Technology instructor, Kim Harmon Director of curriculum & student services, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Adrian McKay Richardson Elementary Principal. "We are excited to further our engagement in work-based learning and providing opportunities for students."

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Climax Donates Equipment to Local Schools

Published Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lee County schools had the opportunity to get new equipment to prepare their students for future careers thanks to Climax Molybdenum. 

Central Lee Ag Instructor Tom Boeck stated, “We’re grateful that they thought of us and it will make a big impact on the students.” All three Lee County public schools were invited to look at the equipment Climax was hoping to donate and choose what would best fit their programs.

“We are pleased to support our local schools and provide equipment that helps prepare students for the 21st century workplace,” said Javier Guevara, General Manager-Fort Madison. Central Lee received the CAT Track loader and John Deere 970 tractor pictured above along with other smaller equipment while Keokuk Community Schools received a portable welder.

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Over 1,000 SE Iowa Students Explore Local Careers

Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Students from across the region attended the SE Iowa's Career Exploration Day. Lee County EDG partnered with the Greater Burlington Partnership and Southeastern Community College to have 1,032 fifth and eighth grade students, 160 of them from Lee County, explore 6 career paths.

 

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SE Iowa Heads to the Capital

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Community and business leaders, economic development groups, elected officials and students from Southeast Iowa visited the capital to talk to legislators about the priorities for the region.
 
Over 100 individuals, including 26 students from 13 high schools, discussed state issues with the Iowa Chamber Alliance, heard an update from the Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe and furthered the conversation with Debi Durham regarding workforce, the expansions of current industry and the attraction of new businesses to SE Iowa.
 
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Students Explore Industrial Maintenance Training and Careers

Published Thursday, February 14, 2019
Students from Lee and Des Moines County, as well as students from Warsaw and Clark County attended Southeastern Community College's Industrial Technology Day at the Keokuk Campus.  
 
ConAgra, Sligan Containers, Griffin Wheel and Iowa Fertilizer spoke to current and future students about job expectations and how what they are learning at the SCC Keokuk campus applies to their facilities. 
 
 
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Lee County EDG Hosts Talent Breakfast

Published Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lee County EDG has achieved great successes in their workforce development program Grow Lee. The program has has 558 students participate in Lego Robotics, over 400 8th graders explore local careers and graduated their 3rd 12 Plus high school employability class. 

Our goal is to go bigger and faster, putting more Lee County and SE Iowa residents in good paying jobs and developing a pipeline for our employers to grow.

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Lee County EDG Prepares Students for Local Careers

Published Friday, December 21, 2018
12 Plus Employability Class Graduates 12 Plus is an employability class for high school students designed by local industry and focuses on what individuals entering the workforce need to know to get and keep a quality career in the area. Through this program, the students have learned skills such as presentation skills, money management, basic safety,... more»
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