Submitted by Nancy Mwirotsi, founder and executive director, Pi515 It feels like there’s a growing gap between our state’s youths and long-term career security and opportunity. This gap jeopardizes our ability to develop a future-ready workforce. As a community, we need to start having collective conversations that allow us to bridge this gap. We must […]

Heartland Forward, a nonprofit Arkansas-based think tank that looks at technology, entrepreneurship and economic development in states in and around the Midwest, has published a report evaluating research universities nationwide and which ones are “most proficient at creating new knowledge; embedding it in their STEM graduates; and transferring both to new and existing enterprises.” The […]

Christian Williams, co-founder and chief operating officer of telemedicine startup OpenLoop, led a breakout session at the Iowa Technology Summit Tuesday on how the company has developed its hybrid work environment. Founded in 2020 by Williams and Dr. Jon Lensing, OpenLoop started as a service placing available physicians in rural hospitals that needed shifts covered […]

Fifteen Des Moines-area nonprofit groups and schools are the recipients of Meta Community Action Grants, Meta Altoona Data Center has announced. (Meta previously was known as Facebook Inc.) The grants total more than $200,000. The grant program was created to address needs in eastern Polk County and for improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) […]

IowaWorks, in conjunction with JobWorks Education and Training Systems, is partnering to offer an accelerated information technology course aimed at people who lost their job during the pandemic “through no fault of their own.” The 12-week online course will provide participants with two IT training certificates, A+ Certification and IT Fundamental Certification, that will prepare […]

Pi515 is one of four finalists in the Kids Tech Summit hosted by national nonprofit Connected Nation and sponsored by AT&T. The competition challenges students to develop ideas using digital skills that directly benefit their community. The Pi515 students competing have focused their project on improving the digital literacy skills of seniors so they can […]

University of Iowa graduate students and faculty interested in commercializing their research can now pursue that at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s new business incubator, the university announced Tuesday. The incubator is designed to be more flexible than the undergraduate incubator so students and faculty can participate no matter their schedule. The first cohort started this spring […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced Wednesday more than $500,000 in awards from the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund to train K-12 teachers in public and private schools to teach computer science. The fund was established in 2017 to pay for teachers’ training to teach specific computer science courses or earning […]

IowaWorks is now offering Grow with Google training certificates to Iowa job-seekers for free. IowaWorks offices are receiving free access to the program through a partnership being funded by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and Google. Participants will complete the six-month program through online courses to earn a certificate in the fields of data analytics, […]