Scholarships Available for In-Demand Manufacturing Training

Scholarships Available for In-Demand Manufacturing Training

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a non-profit initiative spreading the word about career opportunities in manufacturing, is again offering fifteen $500 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors interested in studying a manufacturing-related career at one of Iowa’s 15 Community Colleges. One award will be made per college region.


According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the manufacturing sector’s 220,989 jobs accounted for 10.6% of Iowa’s total employment in 2016. These well-paying careers require education and training beyond high school, but many don’t require the often burdensome cost of a bachelor’s degree. Recent studies have shown that two-year degree holders, especially in high-demand manufacturing occupations, can earn salaries that surpass those of college graduates. A career in manufacturing means being able to join the workforce sooner, with less debt.

Examples of training programs at Northwest Iowa Community College to which the scholarship can apply include: Welding, Engineering Design, Design Technology and Industrial Instrumentation and Control.

Interested candidates should apply by completing the application found at Applications are due March 15, 2020. For more information about manufacturing careers, visit Iowa ( is a statewide, integrated marketing campaign to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing. The initiative is directed by a coalition of all 15 Iowa Community Colleges, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the private manufacturing sector and the State of Iowa. Elevate Iowa offers resources to the public and educational institutions to educate unemployed/underemployed Iowans, U.S. veterans, along with K-12 students and their families about the opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing.


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