Happy Friday! Today’s post is focusing on the July session of our Manufacturing 101 workshop! The workshop participants are finishing up their second week, and we’re excited to see their progress and also see them interview with local manufacturing companies at the end of the workshop! I thought it might be fun to hear their stories of how they learned about the program and also what their favorite part about the program is. Check out their stories below to see how each of these students have been uniquely impacted by the Corridor’s Manufacturing 101 workshop.
“Dan Anderson (from Iowa Lakes Community College) talked to me about this class because I really wanted to get more experience in welding, and he said I should come to Spencer and take this class. I’ve liked learning about sketching and welding, and understanding all of the sizes and diameters for sketching has really helped me. When you need to weld something, you need to know how to weld it right, so sketching and blueprinting has been really useful information for me. I live in Estherville, and everyone there is really nice. I’ve enjoyed living in the Corridor and hope to find a job here soon.”
“I enlisted in the Marine Corp, and then went back to Arizona. I was working at Pizza Hut, Subway – places like that to keep an income going. My parents moved to Iowa, so when my lease ended I moved here too. They found an article in the newspaper about this class, and I was obviously interested. I really wanted to get some hands-on experience and further my education. I had done some drafting before. I can use my talent in drawing and I’m really excited about the solid works program and seeing all of my progress. I couldn’t ever do any of these things back in high school, and now all of these talents have become hobbies of mine. I’m excited to see my hobbies become my full-time job, and this workshop will allow me to do that.”
“I graduated high school in eastern Iowa, and I heard about the class through my uncle (Corridor staff member, Brian Dalziel). I first started working at a grocery store and then my grandpa’s shop as a lube tech. I worked there for a year, and by taking this class, I’ll have more experience to return and hopefully take on more of a management role. I love the solid works part of this workshop. I would like to also do industrial maintenance in the future, and that might tie in really well if I decide to go back to the family business. The family business is really important to me, and I’m excited to go back home and take on more roles.”
“I was in the post office and I saw Bob Becker (from Iowa Works). He mentioned that there was a class provided by the Corridor, so I marched right down to their office and signed up! I worked at StyleCraft for 16 years, so I have some experience in manufacturing. This class is actually hitting me right at my weaknesses, which is turning out to be great. I’m learning so many new tips and tricks so that I can get better at what I’m not the best at, so I’m excited that I’m seeing my improvement as I continue with the program. I’m excited to see what Polaris and other manufacturing companies have to offer. My family has lived in the Corridor for years, so I’m excited to start a new chapter in the place I call home.”
“I worked at Pure Fishing for almost 40 years. I thought this would be a good review of the information I already had, but I’m learning quite a bit of new information. My favorite part so far has been the drafting overview. My ideal job would be working in welding, and I always see ads for welders. I wanted to see if I could gain the skills to do it before I jumped right in and realized I didn’t like it, and so far I’m really enjoying learning about welding. Through this program, I now know that I can do this job, so I’ll feel so much more confident in getting a job in this industry after completing the workshop.”
Peggy Tewes (Not Pictured):
“I heard about the program through Iowa Works. I worked in manufacturing in the 90s, and I thought since this was a free course, I thought it would be a great way for me to gain more skills while I’m looking for employment. Everything that we’re learning is so new, so originally I was feeling like a fish out of water, but Scott has been so helpful and I just keep trying! This program has helped me realize that I want to go back to college. I have had experience in the medical field as well, and I have realized through this workshop that I would love to go back to school and finish my degree. I really love the Corridor because this class is free, our lunches have been free, and everyone is so nice and helpful. Through this program, I’ve been able to get the right contacts to discuss my options with Iowa Lakes Community College as well, so I can’t say enough good things about this program!”
Thank you to all of our awesome Manufacturing 101 Workshop participants for sharing your stories! For more information about the Manufacturing 101 Workshop, contact the Iowa Lakes Corridor at 712-264-3474. See you next week!