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Governor and Lt. Governor Highlight Events to Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Governor Terry E. Branstad * Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

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Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds highlight Iowa events that celebrate National Apprenticeship Week
National Apprenticeship Week coincides with a proclamation that
Gov. Branstad signed on October 12, 2015 and aligns with Future Ready Iowa
November 3, 2015 - (DES MOINES) Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds today highlighted events going on around the state that coincide with National Apprenticeship Week and as part of ongoing conversation to close the skills gap to create a Future Ready Iowa. On October 12, Governor Branstad signed a proclamation designating November 2-8, 2015, as Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week in Iowa.
Iowa is a leader in promoting apprenticeships. In the spring of 2014, the governor signed the Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act into law which expanded access to apprenticeship training programs in Iowa by tripling the funding for apprenticeships and reforming and streamlining the program. Lt. Governor Reynolds recently held a press conference touting the growth of apprenticeships in Iowa.   
Access to apprenticeship training in Iowa was further expanded thanks to the Iowa Construction Trades Apprenticeship Job Driven National Emergency Grant that includes both construction and non-construction occupations. The original grant in the amount of $6.175 million was provided for apprenticeship program expansion in six of the state’s 15 Workforce Investment Act (WIA)/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regions within the construction trades. This has now been expanded to include all 15 WIA/WIOA Regions and to include construction trades, non-construction trades and businesses not previously certified. The latter will allow Iowa employers that utilize one or more of the 1,266 federally approved occupations for apprenticeships nationwide to consider the apprenticeship model.
“As Iowa continues to grow its economy, our businesses will continue to need qualified and skilled employees,” said Governor Branstad. “Apprenticeship programs are a great way for employees to earn while they learn – while also getting businesses the access to talent they need.”
Registered apprenticeship is an employer-driven model combining on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction to increase the apprentice’s skill level and wages. The Iowa Apprenticeship Program (15B) is administered by IEDA in coordination with the United States Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Apprenticeship (OA). 
Iowa is one of the fastest growing states for Registered Apprenticeships. In fiscal year 2013-2014, Iowa saw a more than 20 percent increase. One of the newest programs to be launched is through the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI). This week, TAI will launch the Application Developer Registered Apprenticeship Program to train active professionals in programming logic and databases, testing framework, proficiency in creating server side interfaces, knowledge of development methodologies, and understanding of technical writing in a variety of programming languages.  Inquiries and information on the apprenticeship program through TAI should be sent to or visit  
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds added, “As we travel around Iowa, the governor and I constantly hear from employers who are in need of a skilled workforce—especially in manufacturing, information technology, STEM and health-related fields.  Our focus on apprenticeships in Iowa is a key avenue to fill the skills gap for employers and empower Iowans with rewarding careers.  Growing our talent pipeline is essential for the 21st century global economy and a Future Ready Iowa.”
The success of Iowa’s apprenticeship programs is due to the engagement of partners – businesses, community colleges, state agencies, union stakeholders, trade associations and others – who are actively involved in expanding apprenticeships in Iowa. Those partners are embracing National Apprenticeship Week with events and activities planned around the state throughout the week and month.
Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds will visit four Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors throughout the week, including Dalton Plumbing and Heating, Young Plumbing and Heating, Independence Plumbing and Dubuque Screw.
Representatives for the Iowa Building and Construction Trades group will celebrate National Apprenticeship Week by addressing the Iowa School Counselor Association to share how apprenticeship programs can build a pathway to career success.
“Educating high school counselors on just how students can benefit from exploring an apprenticeship opportunity in Iowa is an important part of the conversation,” said Jason Shanks, training director for Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 33. “Continuing education can take many forms, and Registered Apprenticeship programs are a proven way to prepare for a long and prosperous career path.”
ABC of Iowa, a non-profit construction trade association, will hold its 2015 ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship and Training Trust Craft Championships on November 20 to highlight the work of apprentices across the state. During the event, apprentices compete in six events including Residential/Commercial Electrical, Commercial/Industrial Electrical, HVAC, Insulation, Plumbing and Sheet Metal. Winners of each advance to represent ABC of Iowa at the ABC National Craft Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL next March.
“Drawing attention to the professional work of our apprentices is the goal of the Craft Championships that we’ll hold later this month,” said Greg Spenner, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa. “It is so rewarding to see the high-level work these apprentices are doing for companies around Iowa.”
Several other events are scheduled throughout the week around the state – a sampling is below. For a complete listing, go to
November 4, 2015
Event:  IowaWORKS North Iowa and North Iowa Corridor - Employer Information Meeting
Location:   9 N Federal, Mason City, IA 50401
Time:         3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Details:      IowaWORKS North Iowa and North Iowa Corridor are hosting an information meeting for employers interested in establishing a registered apprenticeship at their business. Rich Madden, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, is presenting.
Event:  Hawkeye Community College Apprenticeship Open House and Luncheon
Location:   Hawkeye Community College, 1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa, 50701
Time:        11:00 a.m.
Details:     Open House and Luncheon Location
Point of Contact: Jerry Orr,, 319.296.2329 Ext. 3010
Event:  IowaWORKS, Northwest Apprenticeship Fair
Location:  IowaWORKS Northwest, 217, Spencer, Iowa, 51301
Time:        12:00 p.m.
Details:     Point of Contact: Erin Pingel,, 712.262.7662 ext. 132
Event:  IowaWORKS, Iowa Valley "An Apprenticeship Conversation"
Location:  IowaWORKS Iowa Valley, 3405 S Center St., Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158
Time:        2:30 p.m.
Details:     IowaWORKS Iowa Valley is hosting a conversation event to increase awareness of local apprenticeship opportunities.
Point of Contact: Beth Severidt,, 641.844.6966
Event:  Western Iowa Tech Community College Apprenticeship Open House and Luncheon
Location:  Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa, 51106
Time:      11:30 a.m.
Details:   Point of Contact: Dar Raye Hunwardsen,, 712.274.6400
November 5, 2015
Event:  IowaWORKS, Central Iowa Apprenticeship Lunch and Learn
Location:  IowaWORKS, 430 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa, 50309
Time:      11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Details:    IowaWORKS is hosting an Apprenticeship Lunch and Learn for employers interested in Registered Apprenticeship and the National Emergency grant that has been awarded in Iowa.
Point of Contact: Jennifer Reha,, 515-281-9620
Event:  TMC Transportation Open House and Webinar
Location:  TMC Transportation Training Center, 5929 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa, 50313
Time:       2:00 p.m.
Details:    TMC Transportation will host an onsite and virtual Open House to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.
Point of Contact: Cheryl Freauff,, 515-974-3447
Event:  Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds visit the following businesses during National Apprenticeship Week
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
Location:  Dalton Plumbing and Heating, 5536 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Time:       10:30 a.m.
Details:    Point of Contact: David Krejchi,, 319.266.3513
Location:   Young Plumbing and Heating, 750 Hackett Road, Waterloo, IA 50701
Time:         1:00 p.m.
Details:      Point of Contact: Mark Tink,, 319.234.4411
Location:   Independence Plumbing, 509 20th Ave SW, Independence, IA 50644
Time:        3:00 p.m.
Details:     Point of Contact: Richard Curry,, 319.334.7008
November 6, 2015
Event:  Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds visit the following business during National Apprenticeship Week
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
Location:  Dubuque Screw Products, Inc., 6500 Chavenelle Road, Dubuque IA 52004
Time:        9:45 a.m.
Details:     Point of Contact: Matt Scherr,, 563.583.2770

November 4-6, 2015
Event:  Iowa Department of Corrections Event Name: National Apprenticeship Week
Location:   Anamosa State Penitentiary, 406 N High Street, Anamosa, Iowa, 50319
Time:        7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Details:     Clarinda Correctional Facility, Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, Newton Correctional Facility, Rockwell City Correctional Facility and Anamosa State Penitentiary will promote their apprenticeship programs and Apprenticeship Signing Days
Point of Contact: Tim Diesburg,, 319.462.3504 Ext. 2297
All week during regular business hours
Event:  Missouri Valley Area Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (AJATC) Open House and Job Fair
Details:  Missouri Valley AJATC will host visits and presentations during job fairs at its Iowa office, in addition to issuing press releases to honor National Apprenticeship Week.
Event:  Northeast Iowa Community College National Apprenticeship Week Event
Location:  NICC Peosta, 8342 NICC Drive, Peosta, Iowa, 52068
Details:     Point of Contact: Randy Schofield,, 563.557.8271 Ext. 115


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