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Innovation Grant Helps Support Cedar Rapids Health Care


We love showing off the work that the Employer Innovation Grant can do! See how the Marion Economic Development Corp and Mercy Cedar Rapids partnered to help high school students get a head start on their healthcare career.

Special Needs Child Care Growing in Ames Thanks to State Grant

Having a child care facility equipped to care for children with special needs is a top priority for their working parents. In Ames, Iowa, ChildServe has been providing child care for kids with Autism more than five years, and now they are able to expand their services thanks to the Child Care Challenge Grant. Find out how the grant is being used at their facility in Ames and how it will impact the community, especially for parents of a young child with Autism.

Child Care Challenge Grant Helps Iowa Community Build New Child Care Center

The Greene County Early Learning Center is moving into a new facility thanks in part to the Future Ready Iowa Child Care Challenge Grant. 

Workforce Spotlight: Women In Manufacturing

Women are shaping the manufacturing industry across Iowa. Businesses like Danfoss North America (Ames,IA), Burke Corporation, and American Packaging share how women have become an important part of their workforce.  Find more information about manufacturing careers at

Des Moines Child Care Facility Gets New Life From Grant

The Child Care Challenge grant is already making a difference throughout Iowa. It provides funding opportunities for child care facilities to modernize, renovate, or update their child care space and support additional openings. Watch and learn how Precious Beginnings, a center based out of Des Moines, IA, used the specialized grant to finish a project 20 years in the making and what it means to the parents of local children in the surrounding community.

Grant creates new child care spots in Iowa community

We know a thriving workforce depends on the availability of child care for working Iowans. The Child Care Challenge grant is just one way Iowa is helping providers find the necessary funding to provide this critical service to their communities. See how two entrepreneurs used the grant to start Little Sprouts Daycare in Algona and hear how they plan to expand their facility even further! For more information about grants and the efforts to support child care across Iowa, please visit

Computer Science Week and the future of STEM in Iowa classrooms

Educators and professionals in computer science say it's crucial to start teaching children about the field early on in their education careers. However, you may be surprised by how advanced elementary students have become when it comes to computer science! Find out how Greene County Elementary School celebrated Computer Science Week and why these kids are invested and taking the content seriously.

Diesel Technician - Learn about the high-demand career from a 2021 DMACC Diesel Tech job fair

Diesel Technicians are considered a high-demand career in Iowa and throughout the United States. Learn more about what to expect when you pursue a two-year degree as a Diesel Tech in the automotive industry. This video offers a look inside one of Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) Diesel Tech job fairs and shows what job seekers can expect when they complete the Diesel Tech program.

Future Ready Iowa STEM Summit 2021- Langston Saint on the future of STEM Education in Iowa


Earlier this month, we spoke to Langston Saint, a 13-year-old high school freshman who is passionate about STEM education. He shares his thoughts on the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Iowa's education system. Langston, who was interested in STEM fields at an early age, also talks about why it's important to cultivate STEM in classroom environments for future jobs in Iowa and Iowa's future workforce.

Future Ready Iowa STEM Summit - Emily Calandrelli talks the importance of STEM and Iowa's future

Emily Calandrelli of the Netflix show "Emily's Wonder Lab" was the keynote speaker at the Future Ready Iowa STEM Summit. In this interview, she talks about the importance of STEM education, why it's crucial to Iowa's future, and how parents can get their kids interested in STEM fields.