What is manufacturing today? That question was the subject of a business and industry panel discussion Wednesday at Indian Hills Community College.
Area superintendents joined industry partners to discuss workforce needs in the area.
They also discussed skill and development opportunities.
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck was present and participated in the event.
Discussion centered around skills needed to have a strong workforce in southeast Iowa and preparing students for the future.
John Deere Ottumwa Works factory manager David Bradford served on the panel and shared his expertise to those in attendance.
"As the factory manager for our John Deere Ottumwa Works, it's important for me to continue to partner with our local community educational colleges," said Bradford. "And making sure that we get the latest technology and the latest educational principles in for our new employees."
Indian Hills sees preparing students for jobs that exist in southeast Iowa as part of its role in both higher education and regional economic development.