Inspiring Iowa’s young people to become innovative, enterprising contributors to our future workforce is part of the mission of the STEM Council. The STEM BEST Program and high school Registered Apprenticeships both work towards this goal and offer work-based experiences in preparation for future careers.
The STEM Council and Iowa Workforce Development hosted a STEM BEST Program Webinar "The Scoop on High School Registered Apprenticeships" during National Apprenticeship Week. The webinar was designed to help make connections on how apprenticeship opportunities may fit well within the STEM BEST Program and to help provide access to resources—friends and funds—to launch high school registered apprenticeships.
STEM Council Executive Director Jeff Weld opened the webinar by providing an overview of the STEM BEST Program and drawing the connection to earn-and-learn models provided through high school registered apprenticeships.
Greer Sisson, State Director for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, provided an update on the current status of high school registered apprenticeships, of which there are currently 22 registered high school programs in Iowa.
A panel followed featuring David Ottavianelli, Strategic Workforce Projects for John Deere; Teri Vos, Director of Work-Based Learning; and Andy Zinn, Vocational Welding Trainer for Davenport West High School. The panelists shared advice on launching a high school registered apprenticeship program. Amy Beller, Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for Iowa Workforce Development, wrapped up the webinar by sharing supports and resources.