by Jim Kersten
Posted on 8/9/2013
Fort Dodge, Iowa - Dr. Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central welcomed Governor Terry Branstad to the Iowa Central East Campus in Fort Dodge, Iowa August 6, 2013 where signed at House File 604, that included education and workforce training funding here in Iowa.
The Governor said “Thank you for inviting me to hold this ceremonial but very significant workforce bill signing re-enactment here at Iowa Central in Fort Dodge where my administration has worked closely to help facilitate $600 hundred million dollars in new manufacturing investment and 600 new jobs over the past few years. From new companies to the region such as Cargill and CJ Bio America to existing firms such as Koch Industries, Silgan, Boehringer Ingelheim, Decker Trucking, and homegrown companies like C & S Products and Josephson Manufacturing – they all hold strong commitment’s to the region and the productive workforce that helps them operate.
All of the capital investment is critically important, but without the human capital and trained workforce our work just can’t be completed. That is why I am pleased to support HF 604 and the significant investment the Iowa General Assembly has made in Iowa’s workforce training system and Iowa’s community colleges.
The Iowa Community College State General aid and related funding increased by $30,349,383.00 million (of which included about $1.6 million in new funding for Iowa Central) for a statewide total of $244,661,582.00 to provide funding to community colleges for the operation, training, equipment and facilities needed to enable our students and workforce to acquire effective academic and employment training to secure employment here in Iowa.
Some highlights include the fact that for the first time the Iowa General Assembly funded Adult Basic Education training at $5 million to help the 260,000 plus Iowan’s who don’t have a GED to receive the training needed to get the GED and then enrolled into higher level training programs. In addition, $100,000 was provided for each of the Iowa Community Colleges to fund the creation of the Workforce Intermediary Network which will help connect schools, businesses, communities, parents and students, workplace partners and youth organization, and STEM projects to educate students about the great jobs available in their community and the best path to get the training to fill those jobs.
Overall this funding package will help us meet the workforce training needs Iowa has and will help us reach our goal of creating 200,000 new jobs.