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News Local Apprenticeship Programs Shine During Iowa Lawmakers’ Day on the Hill

Published on February 23, 2024

A group of students showcased local apprenticeships at a “Day on the Hill” earlier this month. Students were visited by state lawmakers, including State Senator Ken Rozenboom and Representative Barb Kniff McCulla.  They showcased their work-based learning experiences through WorkSMART Connector and the Career Academy of Pella.

The School Administrators of Iowa, the Iowa Association of School Boards, and the Iowa Area Education Agencies co-hosted the event at the Iowa State Capitol, with a goal to highlight innovative and successful programs within school districts that showcase students and their success. The Pella-based apprenticeship program was one of 20 districts invited to participate and display information about their specific program to show legislators the positive things happening in schools. Among the students involved were:

Hanson King, Manufacturing Technologies Apprentice, Pella Corporation
Nathan Hugen, Welding Apprentice, Vermeer
Emerson De Vries, Patient Care Apprentice, Wesley Life/Pella Hospital/COC
Taylor Klyn, Hospitality Apprentice, Central College/Liberty Street Kitchen/Wesley Life/Country Inn & Suites

The four represent Pella Community Schools, Pella Christian, and homeschool organizations.


Photo credit: KNIA/KRLS