Mike Rowe says THANKS to Des Moines and Iowa Skilled Trades Event
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CEO, mikeroweWORKS Foundation

From the Baltimore Opera to QVC shopping channel, Executive Producer and TV Host Mike Rowe has had hundreds of jobs and relished his role as a chronic freelancer. He’s best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, where he traversed all 50 states; completed 300 different jobs; and transformed cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, and coal mines. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, and how stuff works. He has also forged a handful of partnerships with iconic brands and filmed a boatload of Ford commercials. Most recently, Mike launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. Mike also runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation has granted, or helped facilitate the granting of, more than $4 million in technical and/or vocational education for trade schools across the country. In his spare time, Mike keeps a lively conversation with nearly 5 million Facebook friends, where he talks about everything from the musings of his persnickety terrier named Freddy to the merits and pitfalls of blind patriotism.


Skilled Trades Academy
Pre-Apprentice Skill Trades

Students focus on the commercial construction process in this introductory program exploring Pre-Apprenticeship. They work with experienced professionals in the field as well as representatives of local contractors and local apprenticeship programs.

Welding Technology

Welding provides opportunities for students to gain skills in blueprint reading, design, layout, and fabrication of specific projects great and small. Throughout the program, they develop skills in different welds such as oxy-acetylene, shield metal arc, MIG, and plasma arc cutting.

Computer Aided Design Technology

The Computer Aided Design Technology program provides occupational and technical skills for entry in manufacturing and construction careers or college entrance in the fields of engineering, design, and architecture. Students are introduced to principles and practices, engineering / construction / manufacturing standards, and the use of references and technical information. Students design, document, and build their activities using industry leading software and equipment.

Painting and Drywall

painting-roll-streamlineThe Painting and Drywall program focuses on getting students in the field to acquire the skills necessary for the commercial painting industry. They learn the proper use of hand and power equipment used for applying a variety of finishes.Along with direct links to union apprenticeships, students can earn a ten-hour OSHA card for general construction.

Home Building

In the Home Building program, students construct a house from the basement to the roof. This program concentrates on craftsmanship in framing, floors, trim, cabinetry, and finish work. First year students are involved in building sheds, garages and second year students build a house. Students learn teamwork and participate in budgeting, purchasing, and estimating to prepare for careers in contracting. Students have an opportunity to earn a ten-hour OSHA card for general construction, certify in Lead Safe Work Practices, Power Actuated Tools and learn to drive a skid loader.

Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and county treasurer, serves as Iowa’s 43rd Governor. Prior to taking office on May 24, 2017, she served as Iowa’s 45th lt. governor from 2011-2017. Gov. Reynolds truly understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, job creation, education, and technology.

Gov. Reynolds is committed to Building a Better Iowa by focusing on the following priorities:

  • Creating a competitive business climate
  • Developing the most innovative energy policy in the country
  • Educating our children for a knowledge economy
  • Training Iowans for the jobs of tomorrow

Gov. Reynolds has committed to visiting all of Iowa’s 99 counties to learn about how Iowa can become an even stronger state. Whether it’s meeting with business owners or rural farmers, she embraces the opportunity to gain insights into their concerns or encourage collaboration.

Adam Carroll, Build A Bigger Life, Emcee

Adam Carroll is a nationally recognized financial literacy expert whose message has reached well over 2 million people in the past 12 years. He is a sought after speaker, author of Winning The Money Game and The Money Savvy Student, and the co-creator of the Broke, Busted & Disgusted documentary featured earlier this year on CNBC. His London Business School TED talk about playing a $10,000 game of monopoly with his kids went viral, soaring past a million views in just under a year. Adam’s passion lies in helping students and young professionals succeed faster by building a bigger life, not a bigger lifestyle.




Dan Knoup or Melisa Cox



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