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IFA students attend Advanced Manufacturing Day

Iowa Falls-Alden students at Flint Hills

Iowa Falls-Alden students at Flint Hills

The Iowa Falls Area Development Corporation, Iowa Valley Continuing Education and the Iowa Valley Intermediary Program partnered with local businesses to provide an Advanced Manufacturing Day for local students on Oct. 23.

Fourteen Iowa Falls-Alden High School students toured Cargill, Flint Hills, and Metal Tech Industries in Iowa Falls. The students learned about a variety of careers within those manufacturing companies, and how each company operated. Particularly significant is the fact that occupations within advanced manufacturing have a bright employment outlook.

Students had this to say after the event:

  • “I thought it was a good experience, learning the positions in these bigger companies and what happens that we don’t see. It’s cool to think that there are many unique things about these companies in Iowa Falls.”
  • “I thought it was cool to see what I’ve been driving by all my life.”
  • “I really enjoyed hearing about the numbers at Cargill and what makes the Iowa Falls location unique.”
  • “Great day of learning about what the Iowa Falls area has to offer in manufacturing.”

Kim Brinkmeyer, Iowa Valley Intermediary Network Academic Support Specialist, said Iowa’s factories have added 6,900 jobs since 2010, a gain of 3.4 percent. Manufacturing firms supply more than 208,858 jobs to Iowans, representing more than 14 percent of the state’s total employment (

“We wanted students to see career opportunities available right here in Iowa Falls,” says Brinkmeyer. “Providing students with career exploration opportunities like this will broaden their horizons and ultimately benefit our community’s workforce.”

Iowa Falls-Alden students at Metal Tech

Iowa Falls-Alden students at Metal Tech

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