Former Muscatine student signs with Heartland Finishes in Eastern Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa–On Friday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m., a Career Signing Day ceremony was held to honor Ryan Townsend, a former student at Muscatine High School, who has been hired by Heartland Finishes Incorporated’s Eastern Iowa office. This ceremony was held at Carpenters’ Local 1260 at 1008 William St, Suite 101 A, Iowa City, IA 52240.

Ryan Townsend with his parents, Barb and Eric Townsend, after his Career Signing Ceremony.

Career Signing Day is a time for high school and college graduates to officially begin employment with a construction contractor who will sponsor them throughout their carpenter apprenticeship and provide on-the-job training. This celebration honors both graduate and contractor, providing a pivotal moment in the life of a student. Many of them, like Townsend, have gone through years of training in preparation for this day. It is a moment they and their families will cherish.

Townsend will become a member of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC). We would like to congratulate Townsend for his hard work and dedication to learning a trade that will provide him good pay, great benefits, and dignity in both work and retirement. We would also like to thank Heartland Finishes Inc. for their support, their willingness to sponsor students into the apprenticeship program, and their dedication to teaching graduates their company’s values and ideals. Townsend’s parents, Heartland General Manager for Eastern Iowa Nic Merfeld, Business Representative Steve Nienhaus and others were present.

Students like Townsend continue to choose the trades for the importance of the work they provide for all of society, for the rewarding profession it offers, and for the opportunity to learn and build a career. The work they do is essential and relied upon by everyone.

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