Ivanka Trump gets hands-on training at Waukee learning center

Ivanka Trump and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds headed to Waukee Monday morning to tour the Waukee...
Ivanka Trump and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds headed to Waukee Monday morning to tour the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center on Monday, March 19, 2018. (KCCI)(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 6:12 PM CDT
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The first daughter and presidential assistant spent Monday morning with Gov. Kim Reynolds and Waukee students.

Trump toured the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, which serves as the hub for the Waukee Community School District's APEX program.

APEX, or Aspiring Professional Experience, allows high school students to learn job skills by working directly with central Iowa companies.

Photos from the event show Trump and Reynolds getting hands-on training during the tour.

In a roundtable discussion after the tour, Trump said she was impressed by the program.

"Our hope is (that) I can bring this experience back with me to Washington and it can inform our thought process legislatively and administratively to give more students across the country the ability to experience what you have the great fortune of experiencing," Trump said.

Reynolds hosted Trump during a special breakfast at Terrace Hill before the Waukee visit.

The governor said she hopes the Trump administration will help fund programs such as APEX. She also urged Trump to speak to President Donald Trump about it.

"Really, the partnerships, I wanted her to see all of the stakeholders involved, from education to the government, providing some funding for this to our business partners and how all of those are really important to make this work, and I think she got a pretty good sense of that," Reynolds said.

Ivanka Trump spent about an hour and a half at the Waukee APEX site and students thanked her for her visit.

"And to the students here, you all have bright, bright futures and I look forward to seeing you shine, and we will be cheering for each and every one of you," Trump said.

tried to ask Trump about her time in Iowa, but White House officials did not allow reporters to ask her questions.