Life After the Bakery Closes

Job retraining at Hawkeye Community College helps father land on his feet Kent Zingg had a plan. He had 26 years under his belt at Wonder Bread and planned on five more until retirement. Then, the factory doors closed in 2012 and Zingg found himself looking for a job. His plans had changed. “I didn’t know which way to go,” he said. “With my experience there’s really not a whole lot out...

Not Your Grandfather’s Factory

Next generation industrial careers need high-tech skills What do you think of when you imagine a shift change at a factory? Unless you work inside one, chances are you think of a whistle, punch cards and time clocks, and thousands of workers pouring out of the gates. The assembly line of Henry Ford’s day still shapes public perception of manufacturing. But within the industry, vast changes in...

The Savvy Choice

More than five years after the economic recession hit, students are savvier shoppers than ever before, a survey finds. In fact, while the U.S. is in official recovery mode, seven in 10 new freshmen say the economy influenced their college choice. This sentiment has grown steadily since 2010, when the recession was declared over. These findings, from the Cooperative Institutional Research...
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