ISU president talks economy with area leaders

MASON CITY, Iowa – The head of Iowa State University is stopping by north Iowa, to pass along some important advice for business owners as well as recent graduates.

Steven Leath spoke at a lunch meeting sponsored by the Mason City Rotary Club.

He’s telling grads to focus on networking, and getting to know local business leaders but he also has some advice for business owners, about how to better communicate with young grads.

“We want to meet business leaders. We’ve had many company assistance programs through Iowa State that have worked through the communities. So we want to follow-up on those. In addition, our number one product really is our students and we really want to make sure that they’re being trained to do the things employers and Mason City want and need,” said Leath.

More than 700 students from north Iowa counties enrolled at Iowa State University adding to their already record tuition rate.

Last year, 33,241 students enrolled at the four-year university.

“I want to take away a better understanding of this note I would community and how we can best serve that community as far as what you can learn here, what we can do here and really are we training our students to best serve this community,” said Leath.

This is one of many stops that Leath will be making throughout state rotary clubs in north Iowa.

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