INSIDE IOWA STATE
May 18, 2001
Students help communities with immigration issues
by Steve Sullivan
Iowa State students are helping Iowa communities address immigration
and workforce issues.
"Life in Iowa," a program developed by ISU Extension's Continuing
Education and Communications Service, places students in community-based
learning projects. Two pilot projects, involving students with the Carrie
Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and the College of Family and
Consumer Sciences, were done this spring.
"The program was designed to immerse students in the cultural and
natural environment of Iowa communities, give them a keener sense of
ethnical awareness and social responsibility, and assist efforts to create
sustainable quality of life in Iowa," said Nancy Bevin, program
The Catt center placed three students with Gov. Tom Vilsack's office to
work with Iowa communities and the New Iowans pilot project, designed to
help increase Iowa's population and reduce the state's workforce shortage.
They had assignments in Mason City, Marshalltown and Fort Dodge.
The students were responsible for documenting plans to recruit skilled
immigrant workers and help them become part of their new communities,
workplace and schools. This information will be used to write a strategic
plan that can be implemented in other communities throughout the
In Storm Lake, Iowa State human development and family studies students
who are fluent in Spanish focused their efforts on services for Hispanic and
Students in the Life in Iowa program earn academic credit for
community-based learning. The program will expand next year with projects
planned in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge and Marshalltown, as well as Atlantic,
Decorah, Iowa Falls, Newton, Marshalltown and Ottumwa.
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
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