Calendar | Events
November 2019

Employment/Job Fair
Career Fair Saturday Nov 9 10am-Noon BGM School
Address: Brooklyn, IA  
Date: November 9, 2019

Career Fair Saturday Nov 9 10am-Noon BGM School

Employers and High School Students and parents, can still sign up for the Career Fair Saturday, November 9, 2019 at BGM School from 10 A.M. until noon.

Come to a showcase of career opportunities of Poweshiek County. For students planning to enter the work force directly after high school and for those who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education and then a career.

Area employers are invited to gather and educate students and their parents about the abundance of occupations and opportunities that exist locally. Instead of focusing on jobs that will take students far away, we want to show them how to begin a career and potentially advance in that career within our local communities.

Represent your business at this career fair to help build attendees’ knowledge of the employment opportunities that are available locally. A rectangular table and access to electricity in the main gym will be provided for each business.

Students will identify already existing career interests and then consider new possibilities as they visit different businesses represented at the career fair. As they find potentially interesting career ideas, they will ask about the required skills and education, the employment outlook, and expected pay and benefits. This Career Fair is open to any high school juniors and seniors in Poweshiek county (and nearby areas) and is not limited to any school district.

We look forward to strengthening the community’s understanding of local career options through this event.

Businesses: Register by emailing

High School Students, Register through:
Neal Van Ersvelde, BGM Guidance Counselor | (641) 522-7058

-Please arrive anytime between 9am and 10am. Career Fair begins at 10am.
-The Career Fair is in BGM's High School Gym
-1090 Jackson St. Brooklyn, IA 52211
-Please park in the paved parking lot and enter through the south entrance
-Tear down/event ends at noon.

Future Ready Iowa Speaker
Contact: Jessica Menary  
Phone: 6419905324
Address: 930 Park St., Grinnell, IA 50112  
Location: Drake Community Library
Date: November 21, 2019  (8:30am - 10:30am)

Poweshiek Employers and School Administrators Invited

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 8:30am-10:30am
Location: Drake Community Library, Caulkins Community Room
Address: 930 Park St. Grinnell IA, 50112
Refreshments will be provided: Grin City Bakery and Saints Rest
Please register through contacting

Agenda: Kathy Leggett, Future Ready Iowa Policy Adviser at Iowa Workforce Development, speaks about how Future Ready Iowa impacts Iowa's workforce, and Lori Wildman speaks about Alliant Energy's apprenticeship program and how you can similarly engage and advance. Followed by discussion on how Future Ready Iowa can help you continue to develop your workforce through: apprenticeship programs, the Employer Innovation Fund, scholarship and grant programs, and connections with educators and students.

Future Ready Iowa's mission is to partner, create and innovate across sectors to create the workforce needed to empower our state’s industries to thrive. The goal is to rapidly expand opportunities for more Iowan’s to acquire the skills, knowledge and support needed to prepare for and obtain great careers and futures.

This session's objective is to: Understand the need and urgency for Future Ready Iowa, discuss the goal and recommendations, learn about how Future Ready Iowa ideas and strategies are used by employers and HR professionals, plan next steps and how you can get involved, and learn how targeted skills-building and work-based learning programs like apprenticeships and internships will strengthen your workforce into the future. Leave this panel presentation with an understanding of how to get engaged with Future Ready Iowa and take the initiative’s strategies into your professional role.

About the Speaker: Kathy Leggett began her role as Future Ready Iowa Policy Adviser in January 2018, bringing 20 years of experience in statewide leadership, project management, collaboration and advocacy work. She coordinates with a leadership team of collaborating agencies and leaders from business, education, government, workforce and the community.
Click here to register for this event.