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Feb. 11, 2009

UI to help groups sponsor statewide career awareness events

The University of Iowa's Consider Iowa program is providing awards to groups across the state to assist with economic development by keeping young workers and jobs in Iowa.

Project Network, a talent retention initiative of Consider Iowa, has given $1,000 to 11 young professional groups to plan and host events for college students that will showcase career paths available to young people in Iowa.

Recipients of the award are young professional groups from Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Valley (Waterloo/Cedar Falls), Dubuque, Keokuk, Marshalltown, Muscatine, Quad Cities, Sioux City, and Webster City. To learn more or find event details, visit http://www.consideriowa.org/events.

Starting in February, the events will build awareness and increase knowledge of career possibilities in Iowa so students can make informed decisions about their careers. The groups sponsoring the events can recruit potential new members as well as assist in their communities.

Project Network was created to bring together young professionals and college students searching for career paths. The recipient groups are responsible for all event planning and publicity with guidance and funding support from the Consider Iowa program.

The Consider Iowa program is a statewide initiative administered through The University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center that offers career-related resources ranging from resume and cover letter assistance and tips on searching for a job to ways to learn about communities and employers in Iowa. The goal of the program is to build awareness and increase knowledge so that young people can make informed decisions about their careers and consider the possibilities in Iowa.

For more information about Consider Iowa or Project Network, contact Amy A'Hearn at 319-335-1023 or consider-iowa@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Angi McKie, Pomerantz Career Center, 319-335-3531, angi-mckie@uiowa.edu; Tom Snee, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell), tom-snee@uiowa.edu