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CIRAS eNews - September 2022

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Supplier Scouting Program: A Year of Reflection

The CIRAS Supplier Scouting program helps connect Iowa companies to solutions for their supply chain needs. This includes commodities, services, and capabilities. As part of the MEP nationwide network, centers like CIRAS are working with manufacturers in their states to connect them to similar opportunities and services. 

CIRAS Supplier Scouting would like your help to get these opportunities into your inbox so that you can self-nominate or share these with your counterparts who may have the solution for someone else’s problem.

Beginning October 1, CIRAS will begin sharing these nationwide and local opportunities via email.
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Internships Key to Recruiting Young Talent

When Marlene Hernandez graduates from Iowa State University next spring, she’ll do so with newfound self-confidence and a resume packed with experience. As an intern with CIRAS, Hernandez delved into everything from employee compensation issues to safety and health. “It has made me feel more confident in my capabilities and has helped me develop professional skills,” she said. “I feel 100% sure I have what it takes to be successful in the workplace.”

Hernandez was one of five summer interns CIRAS mentored as part of a larger program with  Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to attract under-represented groups to technical and managerial roles in manufacturing. “This internship program is a first step in diversifying our talent pipeline and exposing the next generation of diverse talent to small to midsize manufacturers,” said Mayra Ramirez, workforce engagement specialist at CIRAS.
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Upcoming Conferences, Trainings & Workshops

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) seeks to make Iowa better by educating its businesses about the latest research-proven methods and best practices of industry. Here are just a few of the ways we plan to do that in the coming month. View full event list.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt & Black Belt

September 12th,  3:00 PM | Virtual

ILC Lean Learning Hour

September 16th, 9:00 AM | Virtual 

DIY Market Research- Hands-on Event

September 20th,  9:00 AM | Ames 

The Journey to Your Vision: Renew Rural Iowa

September 21st,  8:15 AM | Ames 

Human Resource Series: Where Are Our Workers

September 21st, 12:00 PM | Virtual 

ISU Supplier Orientation

September 28th, 10:00 AM | Virtual 


October 3rd, 9:00 AM | Virtual

Digital Marketing Strategy Boot Camp 

October 5th,  9:00 AM | Ames

Preparing a Winning Proposal

October 12th, 9:00 AM | Clive

Leveraging Existing Data from your Production Floor

October 19th, 10:00 AM | Virtual

Human Resource Series: Where Are Our Workers

October 19th, 12:00 PM | Virtual 

ILC Practicing Lean Accounting Workshop 

October 24th, 9:00 AM | Altoona

ILC Annual Conference 

October 25th, 8:00 AM | Hybrid

Disrupt the Incumbent 

October 27th, 12:00 PM | Virtual


Industry Iowa a CIRAS Podcast
Industry Iowa is a CIRAS podcast to help Iowa businesses and communities prosper and grow. 
On this episode of Industry Iowa, Steve sits down with CIRAS workforce engagement specialist, Mayra Ramirez, to discuss Capstone Projects and how they help companies access people and technology. Within the College of Engineering, each student must take a formal capstone course during their senior year in which they apply their educational experience to a real-world project. Learn more about the benefits. 
Listen to the episode here

Staff Update

Emily Betz has joined CIRAS as a project manager specializing in process improvement. 
Emily comes to CIRAS from DMACC where she was a business consultant. She will be assisting Iowa organizations to improve processes in production and knowledge work. Emily will be based in the Des Moines area and serve clients throughout the state.

Now Hiring

Manufacturing Engineering- Project Manager
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Food and Feed Quality and Safety Extension Specialist
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Watching Iowa's Economy

September Update: 
Current data regarding industry performance across the U.S. remains fundamentally strong. Supply chain consistency, material prices, and labor cost and availability remain major challenges for manufacturers across all industries.

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