U.S. labor secretary appoints Iowa governor to apprenticeship taskforce

November 2, 2017

U.S. labor secretary appoints Iowa governor to apprenticeship taskforce

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will serve on a nationwide taskforce charged with creating strategies and proposals which promote and expand apprenticeships and other vocational education. Governor Reynolds and Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota are the only two elected officials U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has appointed to serve on the 20-person Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

Iowa’s leaders have a goal for 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025, as stated in the Future Ready Iowa program. Apprenticeships will serve an important and necessary role in getting the state to that goal. More than 1,000 occupations are eligible for state of Iowa apprenticeship training grants.

Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, November 13-19, local community colleges, employers and unions will be holding apprenticeship education events for both employers and individuals interested in apprenticeships. To find an event in Iowa visit the website for the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week. For more information on how the state of Iowa supports workforce training, check out the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s business development programs.

 

 

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