On November 8th, we were honored to host Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg at Performance Marketing (PM) and Shift Interactive.
We brought the Gov. and Lt. Gov. around for a tour of our facility, showcased recent projects and Gov. Reynolds even enjoyed our virtual reality simulator.
The day wasn’t all fun and games though; Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg came to talk with us about important topics, such as:
- The need for workers with a technical skill set here in Iowa
- The lack of women within tech
- Alternative post-high school education opportunities — with a large amount of debt impacting students, what other options can exist for training?
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an important initiative for Gov. Reynolds. According to the Governor’s website, Lt. Gov. Gregg says they are working hard on a new law to encourage every elementary, middle and high school to offer high-quality computer science instruction by July of 2019.
“This is vital since kids in Iowa’s STEM programs are eight percentage points ahead of their non-participating peers in agreeing they would like to live and work in Iowa after they finish their education,” says Lt. Gov. Gregg.
One of our major initiatives here at PM and Shift is working with Waukee APEX, which we discussed with Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg. APEX helps area high school students find their passion. The program brings together education, business and the community to develop skilled, adaptable leaders. Young adults choose what they are interested in and work with area businesses in that field to explore related career possibilities.
Two of our PM and Shift partners, Jim Swanson and Brett Burkhart, work with APEX students on a regular basis giving the students an up-close view of the creative and technological side of our companies, and we were lucky to have Waukee APEX instructor Russ Goerend and two Waukee APEX associates with us for the Governor and Lt. Governor’s visit as well.
We had a great morning with both Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg and are honored to have hosted them. It’s not every day that two of the most influential leaders in our great state come to visit.
We look forward to continuing the dialogue of growing the technical skill set of workers here in Iowa with the Gov. and Lt. Gov. in the future and thank them for their time.