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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 workforce issues.

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.