Meet the City of Osceola’s Summer Intern & Future Trailblazer, Sophia Hicks.

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Amidst ACT tests, summer volleyball, and work at The Junction Creamery, Clarke senior Sophia Hicks is gathering some practical experience this summer as the latest intern for the City of Osceola. Sophia and her family moved to Osceola when she was in the third grade. Over the

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Clarke County Manufacturing Jobs Surplus Means Big Opportunity

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It’s been a year since Clarke County was hit by the COVID-19 crisis and local manufacturers had to creatively manage their workforce assets. In April of 2020, the county’s unemployment rate jumped from 3.4% to 11.8%, and more than 100,000 workers across the state were displaced, laid

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Clarke Industrial Tech Students Continue to Excel in Manufacturing Internships

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The Clarke Community Schools’ Industrial Technology program continues to help introduce talented Clarke students and local manufacturers, making life-changing opportunities for the students and community alike. Whether in the form of in-class, academic and curriculum advancement, or through finding the real-world experiences of internships and job shadowing,

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With Clarke County Unemployment Down, Local Manufacturers Get Creative to Hire

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March of 2020 and the COVID-19 crisis hit the job market in Clarke County like a hammer. Many local businesses, who depend on the area’s deep workforce pool, were forced to reduce staff or shut down completely. This took the pre-COVID unemployment rate that had been hovering

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Clarke Schools Calls on Community for Driver Support

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With a new bus barn and updated facilities, Clarke Community Schools has been reviewing and evaluating the need for bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year.  As in years past, route drivers are in short supply all over the state. Ed Stoll, Clarke’s incoming Transportation Director, decided

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Osceola Foods Strives to Build a Stronger Community Through Giving Back

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The Clarke Schools Food Pantry recently received a sizable food donation thanks to Osceola Foods and the generosity of the plant’s team. Truckloads of Hormel product were recently delivered to Clarke Community Schools’ food pantry to support those in the community experiencing food insecurity. Nearly 700 cases

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Altec Pioneers High School Internship Program Through Clarke Industrial Tech Advisory Board

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When Altec’s Recruiter, Susan Miller, was pitched the idea of a joint venture between the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC), Clarke Schools, and local manufacturers in forming an Industrial Tech Advisory Board for Clarke students, she knew there would be advantages. Not only did the collaboration give

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CCDC and Clarke Students Focus on Future Skills and Future Careers

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For the last three years, the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) has been working with administrators, staff, and students at Osceola’s Clarke Community High School to build a stronger focus on career path planning and post-secondary school job opportunities. With manufacturing, hospitality, and medical fields being the

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New Apprenticeship Program Helps Osceola’s Miller Products Co. Build Stronger Future

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Miller Products Company, an Iowa manufacturing staple for more than eighty years, is leading the charge to build a stronger manufacturing base in South-Central Iowa. A new apprentice program for employees is serving to create a workforce that meets the growing demand for CNC machined products well

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ClarkeCountyLife.com Top 5 Features of 2018

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Every year we get the honor to tell stories about businesses and organizations throughout Clarke County, Iowa that impact the community. From new housing developments to city planning and recreational improvements, 2018 had a plethora of amazing features. As a “Snapshot of 2018,” our editors looked through

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Urgent Route Driver Shortage Signals Call on Community for Help

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Already short on bus route drivers, Clarke Community Schools is looking to district family members and the community for help. With last school year’s shortage of qualified drivers rolling into the 2018/19 school year, staff and administrators worked diligently to cover or combine yellow bus routes to

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Don’t Miss Manufacturer’s Day 2018!

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In recognition of October’s Manufacturer’s Month, businesses from Osceola and south-central Iowa will be taking part in a unique event focused on local and regional manufacturing employment opportunities. Osceola and south-central Iowa is a hotbed for manufacturing jobs. Skilled employees are a premium to employers like Salford,

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Manufacturing Feature: Miller Products Co. Continues Decades’ Tradition of Manufacturing in Iowa

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For decades, Miller Products Company has been producing high-quality machined parts in South-Central Iowa, proudly filling their workforce with employees from Osceola, Clarke County, and surrounding areas. As a start-up, in 1936, the Don Miller Cycle Company set up shop in Central Iowa. Offering a variety of

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Lakeside Progress Offers A Bright Future For Osceola & Clarke County

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Lakeside Casino in Osceola, Iowa is an integral supporter of the community. For over a decade, Lakeside has been an entertainment destination in Clarke County and has provided employment and career growth opportunities for workers from all over Iowa. Click the images below to navigate through larger

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Come Meet Osceola and Clarke County Manufacturers June 28th

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When major manufacturers and businesses integral to the community, economic success, and future growth of south-central Iowa gather, it’s an event to behold. With almost a dozen businesses, from local manufacturers to electrical cooperatives, business development professionals, and even a food vendor or two in attendance, the

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