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Future Ready Iowa 2021 STEM Summit recap interview with Kathy Leggett

There were more than 700 Iowans that attended the Future Ready Iowa STEM Summit on September 16, 2021. We recap the summit with Future Ready Iowa Policy Advisor, Kathy Leggett. She explains why STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education is important in shaping Iowa's future and achieving the goal of having 70% of training beyond high school. STEM fields feature high-demand jobs that will drive Iowa's future workforce.

Eastern Iowa Community College Cooking Up Tomorrow's Chefs With Registered Apprenticeship Program

At Eastern Iowa Community College, there's no such thing as "too many chefs in the kitchen." As we celebrate #NationalCulinaryArtsMonth in July, we also wanted to show off the hard-working students in their Registered Apprenticeship program. Find out how students can earn while they learn as a Registered Apprentice by visiting

Future Ready Iowa Grants Help Train Reserve Police Officers

Coronavirus relief grants have helped organizations in Iowa fund crucial job training. Recently, the State Center Police Department was able to train, educate, and fill a need for reserve officers with the grant assistance. In the end, 50 candidates will have successfully made it through the program. In some cases, these are communities with one active officer. Watch what they learned from their pursuit training at a driving course.

Iowa Child Care Task Force: What are the Problems, What are the Solutions?

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds launched the Child Care Task Force to understand the issues facing child care providers in Iowa and help expand access to quality child care. Child care providers and advocates describe some of the barriers they face and explain how state funding is already helping them solve child care barriers in their community.

Press Conference March 10, 2021: Governor Reynolds announces the Child Care Taskforce

On March 10, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order 8, launching a new Child Care Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barrier to work in Iowa. The governor also announced awardees of two child care grant programs totaling $13,053,372 and contributing to the creation of more than 4,000 new child care slots across Iowa.

Future Ready Iowa Grant Helping Fill 911 Dispatcher Openings Across the State

The Future Ready Iowa Coronavirus Relief Employer Innovation Fund has helped organizations across the state provide training and job opportunities for Iowans impacted by the Coronavirus. Watch how the Marshall County 911 Communications Center was able to fill their job openings and help a fellow Iowan find her dream career.

Virtual Mentorships Help Students Succeed in Computer Programing

To celebrate January as National Mentorship Month we spoke with a mentor and mentee in our Future Ready Iowa Virtual Mentorship program. Hear how both help each other learn and grow from this unique partnership. If you are interested in becoming a virtual mentor, or signing up as a mentee, follow this link:

Truck Country Uses Registered Apprenticeship to Build Talent Pipeline

Registered Apprenticeships allow for businesses to develop a pipeline of talented workers.

Assisted Living Center Workers get CNA Certified with Help of Future Ready Iowa Grant

Lakeside Village is a Senior Community Center in Panora, Iowa. With the help of the Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Grant, the staff was able to receive certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local CNA training center. Now they're able to better care for their senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Registered Apprenticeship Highlight Reel 2020

Hear from Iowans as we celebrate Registered Apprenticeship week 2020.  Learn why a Registered Apprenticeship program may be right for you or your company