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University of Iowa News Release

March 2, 2004

UI Career Center Sponsors Iowa Road Trip During Spring Break

It may not be Mexico, but the University of Iowa Career Center is sponsoring a road trip over spring break that's guaranteed to be beneficial to students. On this road trip through central Iowa, students will visit some of the state's prominent biotechnology businesses first-hand while earning college credit.

The March 14-15 trip will include visits to Kemin Industries, a nutritional ingredient manufacturer in Des Moines; the Science Center of Iowa, an interactive and learning center in Des Moines; and Iowa Bioprocess Training Center, a Cargill facility in Eddyville.

"This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about some progressive Iowa organizations during a two-day period over spring break," said Jane Schildroth, director of corporate and community relations of the UI Career Center. "Students can tour their facilities, ask questions about the organizations, and network with some of Iowa's largest employers."

This is the second year the UI Career Center has organized the spring break trip, which is intended to expose students to employment opportunities in Iowa and to show them how to prepare for company visits. Students will write a paper describing their observations and reactions about the trip.

The group will tour the Iowa Bioprocess Training Center in Eddyville, which produces corn sweeteners, citric acid, ethanol and feed ingredients. Through a joint venture with Roche, the Center produces vitamin E. In Des Moines, the group will tour Kemin Industries, a world-wide food ingredient manufacturer, with eight independent companies, serving more than 60 countries around the globe. Kemin is a leading company for animal food, dietary supplements and pet food. The group will also visit the non-profit Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines, where they will experience both high and low-tech science through hands-on displays and activities.

The Career Center is also sponsoring a career symposium March 14 at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa with representatives from biotechnology companies Cargill, Wacker Biochem and Ajinomoto.

The trip has a course fee of $196, which includes transportation, lodging, one breakfast and two lunches. Students may also register through the UI's ISIS registration system (Course number 409:101:WKA) or through the Center for Credit Programs at 319-335-2575. For more information, contact Regina Hatcher or Schildroth at the UI Career Center at 319-335-1023.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.