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A Skilled and Competitive Workforce


A Skilled and Competitive Workforce

Summer continues to move right along which means the Iowa State Fair is just around the corner. The State Fair is a wonderful opportunity for families from across the Midwest to spend time together and learn about the impact that agriculture has here in Iowa and around the globe.

The Fair runs this year from August 10-20. I hope you’re able to make the trip to Des Moines and enjoy one of our state’s premier events!

Iowa’s unemployment rate has been near record lows for the last several months with the current rate at 3.2%. This is good news for Iowa, and while more Iowans are working than ever, businesses continue to hire. Unfortunately, employers are struggling to find enough workers with the skills needed to fill their job openings.

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House Republicans: Investing in Community Colleges and Iowa’s Workforce

House Republicans have been working to make sure that Iowa offers quality, affordable community college opportunities as well as making sure that we have the skilled workers to fill 21st century jobs in the state.  Over the last six years, House Republicans have crafted budgets that provide an increase of over $52 million in community college funding.  Click the table below to see an enlarged version of funding since FY 2010:

CC Funding

52 milOver the last four years House Republicans:

  • Created policies that embolden Iowa employers to invest in the state and the workforce.
  • Continued our collaboration with community colleges on workforce training and job creation and protected the funding by creating the Skilled Worker and Job Creation Fund which now houses all of the worker training programs:
    • Funded this at over $130 million total over the last two years
    • Of this, $33.8 million went to the High-Quality Jobs Program and $1 million to help companies hire STEM interns
    •  Also funded skilled worker shortage grants, workforce training, adult literacy for the workforce, tuition assistance
  • Increased Community College ability to educate Iowa’s workforce by increasing their general operating fund by $38 million over the past 4 years, a nearly 25% increase
  • Encouraged Iowans to pursue fields and careers to fill the technical and in-demand jobs Iowa employers are looking to hire.
  • Fought against any retreat on the historic property tax relief approved last session.