With the recent launch of the “Future Ready Iowa” initiative by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is well-aligned with other community colleges and four-year colleges and universities in Iowa to meet the education and training needs of employers.
The Future Ready Iowa initiative sets a goal for 70% of Iowans in the workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025 so that more Iowans have strong career opportunities and employers have the skilled workforce they need.
Business, labor, nonprofit and education leaders joined Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds at a Future Ready Iowa roundtable event at the University of Northern Iowa. Panelists discussed strategies that may strengthen Iowa’s talent pipeline, ensure that students and workers have high-paying career opportunities and businesses in the state have the skilled employees they need to compete in a knowledge-based economy.
The Lt. Governor highlighted the successes of Elevate Iowa, a statewide partnership between Iowa’s 15 community colleges and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Elevate Iowa promotes career pathways and training opportunities within the advanced manufacturing sector and works to advance the image of the industry to assist in closing the middle-skills gap in this sector as the workforce ages and retires and new technologies increase the need for skilled workers.