Seventh Annual Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference is April 12

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College will host the seventh annual Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference on Wednesday, April 12, from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Tama Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo.

Keynote speaker Kit Welchlin will provide insights on Workforce 2020, the global initiative to prepare business and industry for the workforce needs of the next decade and beyond. A noted presenter on business leadership and strategies for more than 20 years, Welchlin purchased his first manufacturing company at age 21 and by 26 was chairman and CEO of three companies in three states. His energetic and entertaining presentation will address how companies can prepare for the next generation of employees.

The conference breakout sessions include a discussion of the future of manufacturing with the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University, and training from the Iowa Association of Business and Industry on how to be an ambassador to encourage young people to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing.

The conference is sponsored by Hawkeye Community College Business and Community Education, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber, Cedar Valley Manufacturers Network, and the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University.

To view the full agenda and to register, visit