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Upcoming webinars: How to create apprenticeship programs

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A new webinar series is being created on how to build real-world partnerships to educate students and develop the workforce.

Seventeen Iowa school districts have launched Registered Apprenticeship programs, which are an outstanding pathway for students to earn valuable postsecondary credentials.

The state’s goal is to expand these programs and participating employers. Weekly webinars in March and April will feature leaders from Iowa high schools and participating employer and government agency representatives.

The series is hosted by Iowa Workforce Development in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Here are the dates, times and links to each of the webinars:

Monday, March 2, 10-11 a.m. 
How to Start a Registered Apprenticeship Program 
Guest Speakers:
Linda Fandel, Governor Reynolds’ Office; Greer Sisson, director, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship; and David Ottavianelli, director, Strategic Projects-Labor Relations, John Deere

Thursday, March 12, 10-11 a.m. 
Advanced Manufacturing Discussion

Guest Speakers: West Delaware Community School District, North Scott Community School District, and participating employers

Friday, March 27, 10-11 a.m.
Federal and State Funding Opportunities
Guest Speakers:
Jill Lippincolt, team lead, Innovation and Apprenticeship, IEDA; Amy Beller, RA program coordinator, Iowa Workforce Development

CANCELLED - Wednesday, April 1, 2-3 p.m. - 
CTE Instructor Requirements & RA
Guest speakers:
Greer Sisson, director, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, and David Wempen, consultant, Board of Education Examiners

CANCELLED - Tuesday, April 7, 3-4 p.m.
Promising Practices
Guest Speakers:
Career Academy of Pella, Davenport Community School District, West Delaware Community School District and participating employers.

Each webinar has the capacity for 500 attendees. Webinars will be taped and shared on following each session. If you have further questions about this series, contact Amy Beller, RA program coordinator with Iowa Workforce Development at 515-725-1035 or