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Workforce & Talent



 CareeRockit is an initiative of the Greater Omaha Chamber in partnership with countless community partners to connect students and young adults with opportunities to move along the learning pipeline, gain applicable knowledge and build excitement for growing career options, right here. 

One week each year, businesses meet the challenge of hosting thousands of career experiences to educate, excite and inspire students and young adults 

What students learn outside the classroom gives them a glimpse into their future. Student experiences provide pathways into careers and allow them to build a portfolio of connections that propel them into further career achievement.

Together, we are meeting our region’s current and future talent needs.


Pottawattamie Promise

Pottawattamie Promise is an initiative of the Iowa West Foundation in a unique partnership between Iowa Western Community College, AKSARBEN Foundation and Peter Kiewit Foundation to provide education beyond high school. The Pottawattamie Promise scholarship covers tuition, fees, and books for two years. (Housing costs are no longer covered by the scholarship; exceptions may be made for students facing extenuating circumstances). In addition, participants of the program will receive individual support and guidance while at Iowa Western to ensure successful degree completion.

Students are invited to apply for Pottawattamie Promise who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, are on track to graduate, have successfully completed the math track needed (Integrated 2A/B), demonstrate financial need, and are interested in completing a two-year degree program or postsecondary certificate at Iowa Western Community College

Southwest Iowa Workplace Connection

Manufacturing Day

 Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October.  





  • Our workforce demonstrates the Midwest work ethic, producing $4,000 more goods and services than the average worker does. 5 
  • Our region and people excel at exceeding expectations.
  • Our population of 960,709 is characterized by steady growth. We’ve expanded 7 percent between 2010 and 2016, growing 2 percent more than the nation. 1
  • With a diverse cultural makeup, ethnic minorities comprise 15.2% of our population including a Hispanic populace of 9.7%. 2
  • Our reputation as a vibrant, growing community attracts young and talented workers ready to ignite their career.
  • More than 40 percent of our population is 24 years of age or younger.
  • Median Age: 35.2 3
  • Our low cost of living and competitive wages create a spending power of $50,481 – 14.9% above nation’s ($43,925). 4


  1. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, “Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016”
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, “Table DP05: Demographic and Housing Estimates”
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, “Table S0101: Age and Sex”.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, “Real per capita personal income (chained (2009) dollars)”
  5. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey