‘Dirty jobs’ host Mike Rowe to talk skilled trades in Iowa
Celebrity Mike Rowe, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series Dirty Jobs, is coming to Iowa in September to help build awareness of the opportunities available in the skilled trades.
The Iowa Department of Education is one of the co-sponsors of the event scheduled for Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center where Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to kick off the festivities.
Students and educators are encouraged to register to learn more about the high-demand jobs in skilled and technical fields and to network with industry professionals. The first 200 students and teachers who register as a pair will receive free registration, which includes dinner. For others, tickets are $150 per seat or $1,200 for 10 seats at a 12-person table; two seats at each table are being donated to educators and students.
Building awareness of Iowa’s high-demand jobs, including those in the skilled trades, is in line with legislation passed last year in Iowa to raise the quality of career and technical (CTE) education programs in the state. Formerly known as vocational education, CTE consists of programs that integrate technical and academic skills with work-based learning experiences to better prepare students to succeed after high school, whether that be in the workforce or in postsecondary education.
More information about the event, including online registration, is available at the Iowa Skilled Trades website.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Iowa Events Center
730 Third St., Des Moines
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.