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out there, primarily to fifth and eighth grade students. Tat exposes them to numerous career opportunities, rang- ing from hands-on exposure, computer simulation, and metallurgy. “For us, most of the students that


come into the program recognize the academic quality we offer, providing strong experiential learning oppor- tunities for our students,” Giese said. “Tis word-of-mouth recruitment is usually through our metalcasting majors or through counselors through the community college system.” As an example, UNI has a transfer


program with Iowa Central Commu- nity College, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Giese said community college students have excellent hands-on skills but some recognize they want more education. “Tey hear about metalcasting and


realize we can offer a broad academic program but still have numerous hands-on opportunities through their coursework, similar to their academic experience at a community college,”


Giese said. “It turns out that these kids spread the word around about our metalcasting program and career opportunities within the field.” Rosmait, who has traveled to Aus- tralia, New Zealand and Germany to investigate what the industry is doing there to recruit, knows selling metalcasting as a career is a chal- lenge because students have plenty of choices. “Because of this smaller pool, we


are putting lots of work into greater recruiting efforts. Tis is a serious challenge for us. Effective, good recruitment is not free,” Rosmait said. “Attracting top talent to the industry is not free. Our programs are con- tinually being hit with cuts. If not for the financial support we get from the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF), our program would be ineffec- tive and shrinking.” At PSU, Rosmait and his col- leagues give tours and meet with families. Tey have open houses and


metalcasting nights while also visiting high schools, career fairs and taking students on facility tours to make them more familiar with the process. Giese highlighted the importance


of the casting industry’s involvement in these efforts. “What we’re trying to do is


take some approaches where we’re working with foundries to go out to their local high schools. I have a couple students who do farming as a side job, so they want to continue to do that,” Giese said. “What we’re trying to do is partner up with a business, a foundry, a school, and seeing if the kid can come in to work at the foundry to help subsi- dize their education.” UNI has 28 students currently


enrolled in its metalcasting program. Eight years ago, there were 10. “We have pretty much 100%


placement,” Giese said. “Tere’s enough interest from employers. I just don’t have enough students.”


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