On Tuesday, March, 28, the Story City Economic Development Corporation and the Roland-Story schools hosted the Industry Presentations and tours for the junior class. These presentations are designed to give Juniors in High School a chance to see what options and what paths they could pursue after they graduate and if they were looking for a career in the trade or vocational industry what and how they can achieve their goals.


Approximately 80 students heard presentations from American Packaging, Bethany Life and Eby trailer manufacturer. After the presentations, the students got a chance to tour these three facilities starting with Bethany Life.


“We love the opportunity to have students at Bethany Life, and the industry/school partnership is such an important initiative with the EDC. Bethany Life has career opportunities for those with or without college degrees, and it’s important for our youth to know what is available in this great community!” said Kari Matheason, the COO of Bethany Life and an EDC Board member.


Bethany Life showcased Fitness Classes, their restorative and wellness team walked the students through one of the fitness classes they offer our residents, their Safety and Security; Ben Kadolph (Roland-Story Grad and Manager of Safety and Transportation) showed the students how they use technology to keep their residents safe and respond to their needs, and Health, Dining and Arts; they had management staff talking with students about career opportunities in health care, volunteering, chef/dietary, and management as well as the opportunities exist with high school education, 2 year degrees, 4 year/advanced degrees, and program certificates.


Next the Junior class went out to American Packaging and they toured the facility and saw the new equipment and expansion. Students heard about the opportunity for advancement inside the American Packaging Corporation and the history of American Packaging in Story City.


Finally, they toured Eby trailers and saw how fabrication works in a facility. Students were fascinated to the CNC equipment and their operations.


Again, we want to thank all 3 industries for continuing to support local students and the EDC. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you.