CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Sept. 28, 2000
Jane Schildroth is named by governor to state board
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jane Schildroth, director of Career Development Services
at the University of Iowa, has been appointed by Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to
serve a two-year term on the Iowa Workforce Development board. The 17-member
group fosters the recruitment and retention of workers and examines state
Schildroth will help plan the board's activities and goals, review grant
submissions presented to the board, and will help establish goals for the
Department of Workforce Development.
The Workforce Development board consists of employers, educators, four state
legislators, and representatives from Iowa's public, private and community
colleges. Since the board's establishment in 1996, a representative from a
Board of Regents, State of Iowa, institution has held a rotating two-year
term. Schildroth's term ends in July 2002. She assumes regents' representation
most recently held by the University of Northern Iowa.
Schildroth says the governor, the Workforce board and others believe the
state must keep its talented workers in Iowa. Schildroth says that while many
students across the state opt for employment opportunities outside of Iowa
borders, she, as a member of the board, will work to stress the value of internships.
She says the result of more internship and cooperative education positions
may mean that more new Iowa graduates will remain in the state. Schildroth
says she'll also work to be a liaison for the three universities' career offices,
helping them to work even more closely in placing graduates in the Iowa workforce.
Diane Oak Goode, board coordinator, says the board is a formation of Iowa's
desire to retain workers. Since its inception, the board has conducted public
hearings, research projects, and completed annual reports, some of which have
been used by the governor in planning legislative initiatives and determining
the state's budget priorities.
Schildroth is also nearing the end of a one-year term as president of the
Midwest Cooperative Education Association, a nine-state association that helps
foster internships and cooperative education. She will continue to serve as
a MCEA board member until 2001. MCEA member states include Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.