Monkeythis, a creative agency in Vinton has recently been awarded a contract by the Iowa Intermediary Network Technical Assistance Center (IINTAC) to assist in the promotion of work-based learning in Iowa. The IINTAC contract is funded by a grant from the Iowa Department of Education and supports Governor Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa Initiative.
Monkeythis will help the Iowa Intermediary Network reach high school students, educators, parents of Iowa school children, and Iowa businesses. The goal is to improve student awareness of career opportunities and to offer work-based learning explorations. The Iowa Intermediary Network partners with school districts and employers to facilitate career exploration by students and educators, workplace tours, job shadows, and internships. Organized in alignment with Iowa’s 15 community colleges, the Network of professional work-based learning intermediaries is also responsible for work-based learning related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics occupations, as well as occupations related to critical infrastructure, commercial and residential construction, and targeted industries including advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology.
Governor Kim Reynolds has made meeting Iowa’s need for highly trained workers a priority of her tenure as Governor. The Future Ready Iowa Initiative has an ambitious goal of having 70% of Iowa’s workforce prepared with post-secondary education or training by 2025. By connecting students with employers for work-based learning experiences, the Iowa Intermediary Network is striving to achieve that goal so students can productively participate in Iowa’s increasingly technology-driven economy.
“We are extremely pleased to be part of the work-based learning initiative and with the opportunity to work closely with the dedicated staff members of the Iowa Intermediary Network,” says company founder Kurt Karr. “Helping the Iowa Intermediary Network reach students, parents, and businesses fits well with our work in both economic development and education. We believe work-based learning has the power to acquaint students with the amazingly wide variety of opportunities for them in our state, and that helping Iowa’s Intermediary Network of professionals reach their goals will benefit all Iowans.”
Monkeythis (www.monkeythis.com) fulfills client needs for marketing and communications utilizing print, social media, web, and video. The company has extensive experience in the areas of technology, economic development, education, and healthcare. It currently serves clients in six states, including Iowa and Colorado.