Iowa Awards Community Colleges $4M to Prepare Students to Fill Jobs

Iowa state officials awarded a third round of $4 million in grants through the Career Academy Incentive Funds to promote regional preparation of high school students for high-demand fields.

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Western Community College and North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) each received $1 million for a new regional center, the news release said.

School districts partnering with these centers will promote students’ ability to benefit from industry partnerships, earn high school and college credit, and gain skills through career and technical education (CTE) programs in fields including advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, building trades, electrical trades, health care, information technology and welding.

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