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Iowa Works to Close Skills Gap

June 19, 2014

Last week, the Governor’s office and Iowa Workforce Development jointly announced that, to date, more than 10,000 businesses have signed up in support of the Skilled Iowa Initiative. And in just under two years, more than 45,000 Iowans have gone through extensive testing to certify their skills through Iowa City-based ACT, Inc.’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) program.

The Skilled Iowa Initiative aims to help unemployed Iowans elevate their skills through appropriate training, plus connect high school students to careers in high-demand. The ultimate goal is to get 75,000 Iowans certified and 7,000 businesses committed – which has already been surpassed. Lucas County is one of several Iowa communities who have undergone the process with its entire workforce. We discussed the experience with Karen Wilker, VP of Lucas County Development Corporation – check out what she had to say:



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