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2019 Limelight Leadership Academy expresses appreciation

July 17, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Letter to the Editor:

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Valley Community College District, WIOA Title I, and IowaWORKS partnered together for the 2019 Limelight Leadership Academy, our third annual program. The week-long event focused on self-employment and entrepreneurship, where young adult participants were teamed up based on the values they identified. The teams created a product or service to present at the end of the week to our very own version of Shark Tank.

The majority of the week focused on market research, finances, the teams' digital footprints, and development of the prototype. Each team approached these tasks in different ways by solving a problem they face or someone they know faces. Activities included calling companies and speaking to people in the community about their products. Each day of the week also had an employment spotlight featuring different employment options (apprenticeships, military careers, a job right of high school and more). Students also had a chance to learn life skills each day like managing their finances, basic vehicle maintenance, CPR, and more.

We couldn't have all work and no play, so on the last day the participants celebrated with a graduation party, laser tag, a fun workout, and team building games. Overall, the week was a success but we couldn't have done it without our generous sponsors!

We sincerely thank the following partners and businesses: Fareway Toledo, Iowa Premium, Ron Klostermann, Jennifer Weitzell, Stephen Troskey, Scott Szurek, Erik Glass, Kevin Keen, Neysa Hartzler, Jennifer Rice, MaryAnne Nickle, Steve Faulkner, Christoph Truemper, Marshalltown Hy-Vee, Marshalltown Taco John's, Second Mile Grinnell, T.L. Baker & Co, Iowa Ave. Casey's Marshalltown, Mama Digrado's, JBS & Nico Aguirre, Fareway Marshalltown, Fareway Eldora, Dairy Queen Marshalltown Northside, Blaine's on Main, Kwik Star Marshalltown, Bauder Consulting & Leigh Bauder, Alicia Blankenfeld & Total Choice Shipping, Army National Guard, U.S. Marines, Hotel Grinnell, Marshall County Cattlemen's Association, Conagra, Nestle, Mediacom, BAC Local 3 and Magna.

Limelight Leadership Academy

Iowa Vocational

Rehabilitation Services

Iowa Valley

Community College


WIOA Title I




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