Grundy County Memorial Hospital


Grundy County Memorial Hospital has been a huge supporter of Cedar Valley West again this school year.  They have hosted over 70 job shadows, 15 internships, provided guest speakers and hosted a health care week tour.

Students have been fortunate to experience a little taste of the “real life” as a nurse, surgeon, dietitian, occupational therapist, physical therapist, lab technician, surgical scheduler, accountant, as well as, other areas such as marketing and purchasing and logistics.

Cedar Valley West is proud to have Grundy County Memorial Hospital as a partner providing students endless opportunities in health care.


Madeline Mussig, senior from Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Sydney Hogle, senior from Grundy Center interned with the Marketing Department and assisted putting together the dessert table for this year’s gala.


Mrs. Schuller’s Health I class learning the ins and outs of the Emergency Department.

Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI)

Thursday, March 21, Mr. VanderPol and Mrs. Walker took 14 students to visit PCI in Reinbeck. Students were introduced to the company PCI, career opportunities, and toured facilities, the yard, and equipment.

PCI was founded by Cordell Peterson in 1964. They are in the heavy and highway construction business and certified installer for Geopier Foundation Company. Services performed are heavy earthwork, site work, bridges, box culverts, retaining walls, demolition, raw and recycled material processing, and specialty construction services including deep foundations, soil retention structures, micropiles, and soil stabilization. PCI has a presence world wide, hosting an international summer conference yearly in the Reinbeck, IA headquarters.

PCI not only employs construction craftsmen, they employ certified public accountants, project managers, graduate engineers, professional engineers, a safety director, mechanics, heavy equipment operators and foreman. During their peak season PCI will employ 350-425 employees.

Thank-you PCI for hosting Cedar Valley West students from Grundy Center and Aplington-Parkersburg High Schools. There are currently three senior students signed up to attend a heavy equipment operators school in northwest Iowa and have expressed in interest in returning to the Cedar Valley Region to work for PCI! 

Corrections & Police Science Trip

The State of Iowa Training School for Boys, Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center and Hardin County Sheriff’s Department all took time to speak with a couple of students who are planning a career centered around corrections and police science.

These three service businesses provide a variety of career opportunities to our local communities and Cedar Valley West region. Together they employ approximately 300 people. Ask around in your neighborhood and I am sure you will find someone who knows someone working here. Why? Because they offer great career opportunities with benefits, higher and promote locally, and want to see you succeed. Located 17 miles west of Grundy Center and twenty-eight miles south west of Aplington makes commuting easy.

Career Opportunities: 

Various Administrative and Director roles
Youth Service Workers
Sheriff Deputies
Correction Officers
Dietary services
Dispatchers and E911 Operators
Client Service Coordinators
Administrative Assistants

Find more information by clicking on each business name above. This will direct you to their official website and provide application material or links.

Meet Aleah. A senior at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School who was our first career internship student in the Cedar Valley West program. Aleah’s business host for the next 10 weeks will be the Reinbeck Daycare  as a Teacher Assistant. Not only will Aleah be gaining valuable insight into working with children; she will be networking and continuing to build her employability skills and qualities. Aleah will be paid during her internship which is rare. This can be contributed to Aleah’s previous experience and dedication to working with children.

Congratulations Aleah, and thank you to Carrie, Director at Reinbeck Daycare, for hosting.

We cannot wait to hear about your internship experience!