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Broadening Intern Applicant Pool Results in a Big Win for JEDA

Out-of-the-box thinking prompted by CIRAS helped a northeast Iowa manufacturer significantly increase interest in its intern program. JEDA Polymers, a Dyersville company that makes engineered resins, went from a few intern applicants to more than a dozen after the CIRAS workforce services team assisted the company with refining its recruiting process. CIRAS helped JEDA develop … Continue reading Broadening Intern Applicant Pool Results in a Big Win for JEDA

Solar Cell Manufacturer Turns to Iowa State Students for Bright Ideas

In the world of technology research and development, it’s all about gathering the best and brightest ideas and then synthesizing them so a product can take the next step forward. That’s why PowerFilm Solar turned to CIRAS. PowerFilm designs and manufactures custom solar modules and power solutions—including lightweight, flexible, waterproof solar-powered battery chargers. They’re used … Continue reading Solar Cell Manufacturer Turns to Iowa State Students for Bright Ideas

Digital Authenticity: How True Workplace Excellence Meets Online Marketing

In today’s competitive business landscape, attracting top talent is as crucial as attracting customers. For small and medium businesses, this can be a real challenge. So how do you make your company the top pick for job seekers? Before diving into digital strategies, it’s essential to understand one fundamental principle: authenticity is key. If your … Continue reading Digital Authenticity: How True Workplace Excellence Meets Online Marketing

ILC Conference: Growing and Giving Back

Interest in the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) annual conference is stronger than ever. Three hundred people from 97 organizations attended this year’s event held October 25 and 26 in Altoona. Organizers credit the event’s success to knowledgeable keynote and breakout speakers who delivered actionable insights. “It was a privilege to bring people together who are … Continue reading ILC Conference: Growing and Giving Back

CIRAS Staff News

Ben Drescher joined CIRAS as a Food and Feed Quality and Safety project manager. Ben Drescher recently joined CIRAS as a Food and Feed Quality and Safety project manager, contributing to implementing food quality and safety practices in Iowa’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors as part of the CIRAS partnership with ISU Extension’s Grain Quality Initiative. … Continue reading CIRAS Staff News

CIRAS Secures Five-year EDA Grant to Benefit Iowa’s Construction Industry

The U.S. Department of Economic Administration has chosen CIRAS to continue its role in the National University Center program. This designation, along with a five-year grant, will provide CIRAS with the resources needed to enhance its support for the construction industry in Iowa. As part of the new initiative, CIRAS will undertake four specific activities: … Continue reading CIRAS Secures Five-year EDA Grant to Benefit Iowa’s Construction Industry

Building The Workforce of The Future

A key part of the workforce solution for Iowa businesses is building a pipeline of talent. Taking that first step can be overwhelming for small businesses. “Companies recognize that engaging with high school students can help build a future workforce, but most lack a focused strategy on how to effectively reach younger people,” said Mayra … Continue reading Building The Workforce of The Future