Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) continues to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, clients, and staff. For the time being, we have decided to cancel, postpone, or move online all CIRAS in-person events. Webinars will continue as planned. Full refunds will be issued for canceled events and to those unable to attend rescheduled events. Please contact us at ciras@iastate.edu or 515-294-3420 with any questions.

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June 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

6/2/2021 - 6/30/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

6/15/2021 - 6/18/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The certificate in Principles of Occupational Safety and Health (POSH) is an intensive four-day course covering 19 topics that provide a solid understanding of fundamentals of workplace safety and health. The course focuses on best practices for implementing and managing a safety program. POSH is a great introduction for anyone new to safety responsibilities and an excellent review for experienced safety practitioners

 

ILC Virtual Lean Coffee

6/18/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Lean Coffee 

Details: ILC member may join us on the third Friday of each month for Lean Coffee, a place where continuous improvement professionals can share ideas and grow. We meet as a large group, then separate into breakout rooms where we vote on topics of interest for detailed discussion. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE

6/22/2021 - 6/24/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Become a certified NSC First Aid Instructor. The National Safety Council offers certification in first aid and CPR training, whether you need to be an instructor at your workplace or you’re looking to teach as part of a community effort.

 

ILC Training Within Industry Webinar: Job Relations

6/22/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar 

Details: Training Within Industry (TWI) was developed in 1940 as part of the U.S. government's initiative to support the war effort during World War II. This new webinar series will help you take a deeper dive into each of the modules that make up the TWI methodology. (This webinar: Job Relations.) For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Leveraging Technology to Improve Cash Flow

6/22/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Organizations that leverage technology to strategically enhance their operations are better equipped to pivot in times of uncertainty and more likely to end up with a competitive advantage no matter the economic circumstances. This one-hour webinar is designed to show top-level leaders how technology can help you manage expenses, increase revenue, and reduce costs. For more, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Business Resiliency Webinar Series Topic X: General COVID-19 Updates (Jun)

6/22/2021, Webinar

Leadership COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Webinar under the Business Resiliency series - Monthly update on current COVID-19 issues, updates, status and news.

 

Lost in Translation: Technical vs. Business Value

6/23/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to help technical experts speak more effectively with C-Suite leaders and present strategies in a way that will energize leadership about a proposal or project. For more information, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS - An Introduction and Overview

6/23/2021, Independence, IA

Address: 112 First St. East

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Government Contracting Iowa Lean Consortium In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: Whether your company is new to CIRAS or a longtime client, you may not be familiar with all of the available ways that CIRAS expertise can help your company improve. This one-hour, in-person event is designed to explain different CIRAS services and how they could impact your company’s bottom line. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

Warehouse Management 101 Webinar Series (Part 1/3)

6/23/2021, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: This three-part series of webinars will give Iowa companies an introduction to managing fundamental warehouse functions within a facility. CIRAS experts will walk you through the basics of designing a warehouse layout, setting up your put-away and picking processes, and choosing between different types of storage and material handling equipment. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Digital Lab Tour

6/24/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: CIRAS will be hosting a Digital Manufacturing Lab tour. We will be showcasing 3D printers, 3D scanners, Cobots. The first 30 mins will be the general introduction to the lab wherein you will learn about how the digital lab can support you on your Industry 4.0 journey. Following which we will have three parallel breakout sessions on 3D printers, scanners, and cobots. In these breakout sessions, you will get a high-level overview of technology pros/cons, technology costs, common applications, some case studies, and a call to action. This tour can be attended by anyone associated with manufacturing. No prior knowledge or training is required.

 

CIRAS Service Showcase Series: Product Testing and Finite Element Analysis

6/24/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Government Contracting Food Industry Iowa Lean Consortium COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Whether your company is new to CIRAS or a longtime client, you may not be familiar with all of the available ways that CIRAS expertise can help your company improve. This monthly series of one-hour webinars focuses on different CIRAS services and how they could impact your company’s bottom line. This month: Product? testing and Finite Element Analysis. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

6/29/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to explain CIRAS government contracting assistance and show would-be vendors how the Iowa State procurement process works. Attendees will be connected to an Iowa State procurement official who will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Subcontracting Opportunities on Energy Performance Contracting Projects Hosted by VADirect Access Program

6/30/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Schneider Electric, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Direct Access Program, is participating in a virtual business opportunity session. The desired outcome for this event will be for Schneider Electric to identify small business partners to participate in Energy Performance Contracts in a subcontractor capacity.

 

Virtual Materials Lab Tour

6/30/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze materials at the CIRAS Materials Lab. The presentation will simulate what would happen if a company wanted to address quality control problems on specific components. We’ll walk you through the triage of what frequently goes wrong and what tools could be helpful. For more, contact Adam Boesenberg at aboesenb@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 2255 ERGONOMICS

6/30/2021 - 7/2/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: This course covers the use of ergonomics principles to recognize, evaluate, and control workplace conditions that cause or contribute to musculoskeletal and nerve disorders. Course topics include work physiology, anthropometry, musculoskeletal disorders, use of video display terminals, and risk factors such as vibration, temperature, material handling, repetition, and lifting and patient transfers in health care. Course emphasis is on industrial case studies covering analysis and design of work stations and equipment workshops in manual lifting, and coverage of current OSHA compliance policies and guidelines. Upon course completion students will have the ability to recognize work-related musculoskeletal and nerve disorders, assess employer's ergonomic programs, and conduct ergonomic evaluations. The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council offers this OSHA course as a Host Training Organization of The Great Plains OSHA Education Center.

 

 

July 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

7/7/2021 - 7/28/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

Capabilities Statement Webinar

7/7/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: You can’t sell your product or service to the government without government purchasers understanding who you are and what your business can do. This 90-minute webinar will explain what a Capabilities Statement is, how to draft one, and where and how to share it with a potential government customer. For more, contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

Buy American and Trade Agreements Act Compliance for Federal Procurement

7/13/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The United States government has complex country-of-origin requirements for the products it procures. This two-hour webinar will explain the requirements of two major statutes – the Buy American Act and the Trade Agreement Act – including when they apply, how to determine product eligibility, and recommended compliance measures. For more, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 2045 MACHINE GUARDING

7/13/2021 - 7/16/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This course covers the various types of common machinery, machine safe guards, and related OSHA regulations and procedures. Guidance is provided on the hazards associated with various types of machinery and the determination of proper machine safe guards.

 

Warehouse Management 101 Webinar Series (Part 2/3)

7/14/2021, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: This three-part series of webinars will give Iowa companies an introduction to managing fundamental warehouse functions within a facility. CIRAS experts will walk you through the basics of designing a warehouse layout, setting up your put-away and picking processes, and choosing between different types of storage and material handling equipment. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Virtual Lean Coffee

7/16/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Lean Coffee 

Details: ILC member may join us on the third Friday of each month for Lean Coffee, a place where continuous improvement professionals can share ideas and grow. We meet as a large group, then separate into breakout rooms where we vote on topics of interest for detailed discussion. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Basic Sausage Short Course

7/20/2021 - 7/22/2021, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology. Topics Covered: Non-meat ingredients, Basic meat science, Sausage emulsions, Sausage casings, Thermal processing, Fresh sausage, Cooked sausage, Spices and flavorings, Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage, Microbiology of sausage and processed meats, and Packaging Systems. Registration for the 2021 Basic Sausage Short Course will open on April 30, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CST., watch this site for details. Due to the current pandemic situation, we will be limiting attendance to a total of 20 people to ensure a safe environment for everyone by following all guidelines set forth by the CDC, State of Iowa, City of Ames, and Iowa State University. The fee for the Basic Sausage Short Course is $995.00 per person, after June 28, 2021, the fee will increase to $1,195.00 per person. This fee includes course materials, lunch, refreshment breaks, and evening social events. Local transportation between the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center and the Meat Lab is also included. Contact Matt Wenger at mwenger@iastate.edu or 515-294-9279.

 

ILC TWI Webinar: Job Methods

7/20/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar 

Details: Training Within Industry (TWI) was developed in 1940 as part of the U.S. government's initiative to support the war effort during World War II. This new webinar series will help you take a deeper dive into each of the modules that make up the TWI methodology. (This installment: Job Methods.) For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 511 STANDARDS FOR GENERAL INDUSTRY

7/20/2021 - 7/23/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This 4-day course covers OSHA standards, policies, and procedures in general industry. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA General Industry Standards, general industry principles and special emphasis on those areas in general industry which are more hazardous. Upon course completion students will have the ability to define general industry terms found in the OSHA General Industry Standards, identify hazards which occur in general industry, locate and determine appropriate OSHA General Industry Standards, policies, and procedures, and describe the use of OSHA General Industry Standards and regulations to supplement an ongoing safety and health program.

 

Doing Business with the US Coast Guard- Ways to Build Your Capabilities Statement

7/21/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with the U.S. Coast Guard? This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of how and what the Coast Guard buys. Attendees also will learn tips and tricks for developing a capabilities statement that will make you stand out from your competitors. For more, contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus an introduction to the Dept of Admin Services

7/21/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Iowa's Targeted Small Business (TSB) program exists to help people with minority status,service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome hurdles to start or grow small businesses in Iowa. This webinar is designed to help Iowa companies understand and make better use of the TSB program. Brought to you by the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), this event will include an overview of the TSB program and how to navigate the TSB portal. We'll cover: Next steps for your business after becoming TSB certified. Structure of Iowa government and independent buying agencies. Best ways to do business with the state as a TSB Marketing practices We'll also spend 30 minutes of this one-hour webinar giving attendees an overview of a government agency, its mission, and how you can do business with one particular portion of Iowa government. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS Service Showcase Series

7/22/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Government Contracting Food Industry Iowa Lean Consortium COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Whether your company is new to CIRAS or a longtime client, you may not be familiar with all of the available ways that CIRAS expertise can help your company improve. This monthly series of one-hour webinars focuses on different CIRAS services and how they could impact your company’s bottom line. This month: Testing parts and products via Nondestructive Evaluation. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

Industry 4.0 - Applying the 80 / 20 Principle for Business

7/29/2021, Webinar

Growth Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will explain the 80-20 principle and how it can be applied to focus your company’s resources on the places where they can have the most impact. CIRAS will demonstrate with live examples how sales and marketing information can be analyzed using the 80-20 principle in a way that will impact your decisions and focus attention on what’s most likely to impact your bottom line. For more, contact C.J. Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

TEAM SAFETY (ASC)

7/29/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Employee engagement is the key to a successful safety program. The NSC Team Safety course shows you how to make group safety efforts work for your organization. You’ll learn how to build an effective safety team – or get the most from the team you have. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises will teach you how to create a group safety program, including how to develop your team’s safety skills and enable them to make a positive impact on your organization’s safety culture. The result: a more effective safety team, which means measurable improvements for your organization.

 

 

August 2021


OSHA 501 TRAINER COURSE FOR GENERAL INDUSTRY

8/3/2021 - 8/6/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The OSHA 501 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to general industry and issue OTI general industry 10 and 30 hour participation cards. Course time is spent learning and practicing adult training techniques. Students will participate in the development and delivery of lectures covering general industry safety topics during class.

 

Identifying State and Local Government Markets

8/3/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Government Contracting can be a valuable tool for growing and developing an Iowa business. But how do you get started selling to the government if you don’t have contacts at the Pentagon? This 30-minute webinar will show you how to focus on local governments and find potential customers at the school district or state agency just down the street. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

8/4/2021 - 8/25/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

8/4/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to explain CIRAS government contracting assistance and show would-be vendors how the Iowa State procurement process works. Attendees will be connected to an Iowa State procurement official who will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Grippers and Robots

8/10/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This webinar will review the technical features of several grippers for cobots (Robotic, PHD, Schunk) by RAMCO, such as payload capacity, compatibility, installation types, 3D printed tips, quick-change feature, etc. This webinar will include examples of typical types of grippers. All attendees will get a high-level understanding of the common type of grippers and get access to a qualified technology partner (RAMCO). This webinar is designed for all employees that work in production operations i.e. from shop floor operators to production managers. No prior training is required. The link will be posted shortly. For questions please contact Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu.

 

JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS (ASC)

8/10/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The NSC Job Safety Analysis course offers a proven process for controlling operating hazards and costs. You’ll learn how to develop and manage a JSA program and gain a better understanding of your role in making it effective. Through discussions, demonstrations and exercises, you’ll learn how to dissect processes in your operation and eliminate or reduce hazards inherent with these processes. You’ll also learn how to enlist participation from frontline employees, supervisors and upper management. The result: efficient procedures that help reduce personal injuries and operating costs.

 

SAFETY INSPECTIONS (ASC)

8/11/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The NSC Safety Inspections course provides an overview of the safety and health inspection process, then examine specific techniques to improve the process. It also addresses basic skills for conducting various types of inspections and correcting identified hazards. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises teach you what to inspect, how often and who should be involved. And participants learn how to develop and use checklists in continuous and formal safety inspections. The focus is on finding facts, not faults, and how to use safety inspections to positively reinforce safe practices and behaviors.

 

Warehouse Management 101 Webinar Series (Part 3/3)

8/11/2021, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: This three-part series of webinars will give Iowa companies an introduction to managing fundamental warehouse functions within a facility. CIRAS experts will walk you through the basics of designing a warehouse layout, setting up your put-away and picking processes, and choosing between different types of storage and material handling equipment. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Quality Control and Part Inspection with 3D Scanning Technology

8/12/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will demonstrate how 3D scanning can be used as a tool for part inspection and comparison. CIRAS experts will explain how you can capture high-quality scan data, clean noise from the scan, and interpret the information received as part of an inspection program. For more, contact Jake Behrens at jbehrens@iastate.edu.

 

ERGONOMICS (ASC)

8/12/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Repetitive motion and overexertion are the biggest risk factors facing American workers. The one-day NSC Ergonomics course will teach you how to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries in your workplace through a practical and effective program. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises explain the importance of keeping employees free from ergonomic injuries. You’ll also learn how to recognize risk factors, conduct an ergonomic worksite analysis, evaluate and rank hazards, and select appropriate control methods.

 

INCIDENT INVESTIGATION (ASC)

8/13/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The NSC Incident Investigation course focuses on techniques for gathering complete, accurate and objective incident data, establishing root causes, reporting findings and determining corrective action. Discussion, demonstrations and exercises cover investigation and interview techniques. Participants learn how to uncover the who, what, why, when and how of each incident, and how to analyze data to prevent injuries, property damage and financial losses.

 

OSHA 3115 - FALL PROTECTION

8/17/2021 - 8/20/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This course covers the OSHA Fall Protection Standard for construction and an overview of fall protection methods. Course topics include principles of fall protection, components and limitations of fall arrest systems, and OSHA Standards and policies regarding fall protection. Students will participate in workshops demonstrating the inspection and use of fall protection equipment, residential construction fall protection, training requirements, and developing a fall protection program.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy- Webinar

8/17/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Government contracting requires knowing your customers and understanding what they need. This one-hour webinar is designed to educate Iowa companies about the value of initial and ongoing market research in pursuing government sales. We’ll provide a framework to help you locate potential customers and learn what those government agencies are buying. For more, contact mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

ILC TWI Webinar: Job Safety

8/17/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar Central Iowa 

Details: Training Within Industry (TWI) was developed in 1940 as part of the U.S. government's initiative to support the war effort during World War II. This new webinar series will help you take a deeper dive into each of the modules that make up the TWI methodology. (This webinar: Job Safety.) For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

SBA's Mentor Protege Program: Grow Your Competitive Advantage

8/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: During this 2 hour virtual event, attendees will learn how to use the SBA's Mentor-Protege program to build their competitive advantage in the govcon market. Government Contracts attorney Matthew Schoonover will present highlights and critical considerations for this program and give examples of how companies can use this program to grow government contract wins. Matthew will also talk about the benefits for large businesses to participate as mentors, and how participants can properly structure joint venture agreements to be eligible for small business contract awards. Attendees will have an opportunity for Q&A with Matt and virtual networking with other attendees. For more, contact mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Virtual Lean Coffee

8/20/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Lean Coffee 

Details: ILC member may join us on the third Friday of each month for Lean Coffee, a place where continuous improvement professionals can share ideas and grow. We meet as a large group, then separate into breakout rooms where we vote on topics of interest for detailed discussion. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

SAFETY MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

8/24/2021 - 8/27/2021, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center, 4620 E 53rd St

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:0O AM - 4:00 PM. NSC Safety Management Techniques training takes a balanced approach to safety management. This four-day course addresses administrative, technical and cultural issues, helping you effectively manage projects and employees. Through discussions and in-class activities this course teaches winning strategies you can easily and cost-effectively implement for your company. You’ll gain the tools and skills to enhance your safety management techniques and influence your organization’s safety and health efforts.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus Introduction to a State Agency (University of Northern Iowa)

8/25/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Iowa’s Targeted Small Business (TSB) program exists to help women, people with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome hurdles to start or grow small businesses in Iowa. Each webinar will help you understand more about the TSB program and how to do business with a particular government agency. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS Service Showcase Series

8/26/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Government Contracting Food Industry Iowa Lean Consortium COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Whether your company is new to CIRAS or a longtime client, you may not be familiar with all of the available ways that CIRAS expertise can help your company improve. This monthly series of one-hour webinars focuses on different CIRAS services and how they could impact your company’s bottom line. This month: Iowa Lean Consortium. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

 

September 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

9/1/2021 - 9/29/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE

9/7/2021 - 9/10/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. NSC Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene course will develop your understanding of industrial hygiene terminology, principles and practices. NSC's Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene is a four-day course covering 15 topics and four key processes in an effective industrial hygiene effort: anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control. You’ll be brought up to speed on anatomy and physiology, as well as chemical, physical, ergonomic and biological hazards in the workplace.

 

Food Talks

9/9/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is the online home for a quarterly round table where Iowa food manufacturers can discuss a variety of food safety issues. Whether you’re new to food safety regulations or well positioned for the future, this group will be a place where you can discuss challenges and learn about the successful practices of others. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 511 STANDARDS FOR GENERAL INDUSTRY

9/14/2021 - 9/17/2021, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center, 4620 E 53rd St

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This 4-day course covers OSHA standards, policies, and procedures in general industry. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA General Industry Standards, general industry principles and special emphasis on those areas in general industry which are more hazardous. Upon course completion students will have the ability to define general industry terms found in the OSHA General Industry Standards, identify hazards which occur in general industry, locate and determine appropriate OSHA General Industry Standards, policies, and procedures, and describe the use of OSHA General Industry Standards and regulations to supplement an ongoing safety and health program.

 

NFPA 70E STANDARD FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY

9/14/2021 - 9/15/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. The triennial update of the NFPA 70E is here and we are pleased that The ESCO Group, an Iowa-Illinois Safety Council member, will be providing a 2-day training course guiding us through the new standard with emphasis on the updated changes from the 2018 edition. Some of the changes that will be covered include, definitions, general requirements for electrical safety-related work practices, establishing a safe work condition, work involving electrical hazards, etc.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus Introduction to the Iowa DOT

9/15/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Brought to you by the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), this event will include an overview of the TSB program and how to navigate the TSB portal. We'll cover: Next steps for your business after becoming TSB certified. Structure of Iowa government and independent buying agencies. Best ways to do business with the state as a TSB Marketing practices We'll also spend 30 minutes of this one-hour webinar giving attendees an overview of a government agency, its mission, and how you can do business with one particular portion of Iowa government. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu. ?

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

9/16/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to explain CIRAS government contracting assistance and show would-be vendors how the Iowa State procurement process works. Attendees will be connected to an Iowa State procurement official who will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Virtual Lean Coffee

9/17/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Lean Coffee 

Details: ILC member may join us on the third Friday of each month for Lean Coffee, a place where continuous improvement professionals can share ideas and grow. We meet as a large group, then separate into breakout rooms where we vote on topics of interest for detailed discussion. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

ILC TWI Webinar: Problem Solving

9/21/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar 

Details: Training Within Industry (TWI) was developed in 1940 as part of the U.S. government's initiative to support the war effort during World War II. This new webinar series will help you take a deeper dive into each of the modules that make up the TWI methodology. (This installment: Problem Solving.) For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE

9/21/2021 - 9/23/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Become a certified NSC First Aid Instructor. The National Safety Council offers certification in first aid and CPR training, whether you need to be an instructor at your workplace or you’re looking to teach as part of a community effort.

 

CIRAS Service Showcase Series

9/23/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Government Contracting Food Industry Iowa Lean Consortium COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: A monthly webinar which focuses on one of the many services that CIRAS offers.

 

OSHA 10 HOUR GENERAL INDUSTRY

9/28/2021 - 9/29/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The 30 hour class establishes a foundation for the company safety program.

 

HACCP Workshop - Fall

9/28/2021 - 9/30/2021, Ames, IA

Address: Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The HACCP workshop will be held at the Quality Inn & Suites Converence Center September 28-30, 2021. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.his course is designed for individuals that have little or no knowledge of HACCP and individuals that would like to have a refresher on HACCP and learn of the changes that have taken place in HACCP during the last 2-3 years. One of the working groups will be designated an ''Advanced HACCP Training Working Group.'' This working group, which is limited to those that are already HACCP trained, will discuss Validation, Verification, Reassessment, Lethality, Stabilization and Listeria Control. Topics Covered: • HACCP Overview • Definition of HACCP Terms • Chemical and Physical Hazards • Microbiological Hazards • Developing SOPs and GMPs • Critical Limits, Monitoring • Methods and Corrective Action • Record Keeping and Verification • HACCP Plan Validation • HACCP Plan Reassessment. Registration for the September 28-30, 2021 HACCP Training Program will open July 30, 2021 The registration fee for the HACCP Workshop is $500.00. After September 7, 2021 the fee will be $575.00. This fee includes course materials, lunch on Tuesday and refreshments each day. Registration will close on September 17, 2021.

 

 

October 2021


Blended Human Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Part 2: Instructor-led (virtual)

10/5/2021 - 10/6/2021, Webinar

Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This two-day webinar is an instructor-led class to obtain global-recognized Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) certification as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) in Human Food – the only PCQI training course recognized by the FDA. Class will take place in two four-hour blocks over Zoom or WebEx. Early bird registration of $275.00 per person is open until September 5th. Registration fee will increase to $375.00 from September 6th - October 1st. Attendance to both blocks is required. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Virtual Lean Coffee

10/15/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Lean Coffee 

Details: ILC member may join us on the third Friday of each month for Lean Coffee, a place where continuous improvement professionals can share ideas and grow. We meet as a large group, then separate into breakout rooms where we vote on topics of interest for detailed discussion. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

ILC 2021 Annual Conference

10/26/2021 - 10/27/2021, Throughout Iowa

Address: Main site will be Prairie Meadows

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Save the date! Check back for more details!

 

CIRAS Service Showcase Series

10/28/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Government Contracting Food Industry Iowa Lean Consortium COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: A monthly webinar which focuses on one of the many services that CIRAS offers.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

10/28/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: ?Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to explain CIRAS government contracting assistance and show would-be vendors how the Iowa State procurement process works. Attendees will be connected to an Iowa State procurement official who will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

 

November 2021


ILC Virtual Lean Coffee

11/19/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Lean Coffee 

Details: ILC member may join us on the third Friday of each month for Lean Coffee, a place where continuous improvement professionals can share ideas and grow. We meet as a large group, then separate into breakout rooms where we vote on topics of interest for detailed discussion. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

 

December 2021


Identifying State and Local Government Markets

12/1/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Government Contracting can be a valuable tool for growing and developing an Iowa business. But how do you get started selling to the government if you don’t have contacts at the Pentagon? This 30-minute webinar will show you how to focus on local governments and find potential customers at the school district or state agency just down the street. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

12/7/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to explain CIRAS government contracting assistance and show would-be vendors how the Iowa State procurement process works. Attendees will be connected to an Iowa State procurement official who will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Food Talks

12/9/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is the online home for a quarterly round table where Iowa food manufacturers can discuss a variety of food safety issues. Whether you’re new to food safety regulations or well positioned for the future, this group will be a place where you can discuss challenges and learn about the successful practices of others. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Virtual Lean Coffee

12/17/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Lean Coffee 

Details: ILC member may join us on the third Friday of each month for Lean Coffee, a place where continuous improvement professionals can share ideas and grow. We meet as a large group, then separate into breakout rooms where we vote on topics of interest for detailed discussion. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

 

January 2022


Cured Meat Short Course

1/18/2022 - 1/20/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: With a focus on the technology of cured meat processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Since the enrollment in this short course is limited to 60, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology.

 

 

February 2022


Fresh Pork Workshop

2/7/2022 - 2/9/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details

 

 

March 2022


Snack Stick Short Course

3/22/2022 - 3/24/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details

 

HACCP Workshop - Spring

3/29/2022 - 3/31/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center 2601 East 13th Street Ames, IA 50010

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The HACCP workshop will be held at the Quality Inn & Suites Converence Center March 29-31, 2022. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.his course is designed for individuals that have little or no knowledge of HACCP and individuals that would like to have a refresher on HACCP and learn of the changes that have taken place in HACCP during the last 2-3 years. One of the working groups will be designated an ''Advanced HACCP Training Working Group.'' This working group, which is limited to those that are already HACCP trained, will discuss Validation, Verification, Reassessment, Lethality, Stabilization and Listeria Control.

 

 

April 2022


Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Short Course

4/12/2022 - 4/14/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: With a focus on the technology of dry and semi-dry sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Since the enrollment in this short course is limited to 60, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology.

 

BBQ Workshop

4/30/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details

 

 

July 2022


Sausage and Processed Meats

7/18/2022 - 7/22/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The course will cover fresh sausage, cooked sausage and dry and semi-dry sausage in addition to sectioned and formed cured meats and whole muscle precooked meats. A special feature will be a presentation on “specialty sausage products.” The course will use a hands-on approach to meat process­ing. Under the supervision of an instructor, participants will be divided into teams and have the opportunity to formulate and manufacture a processed meat product.

 

 

October 2022


Deli Short Course

10/4/2022 - 10/6/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details