Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold three public Future Ready Iowa roundtables in October to launch a statewide conversation about how to close the workforce skills gap. Strengthening Iowa’s talent pipeline will help assure students and workers have the career opportunities they deserve, and that business and industry have the skilled employees they need to compete in a knowledge-based economy. The Waukee Community School District, the University of Northern Iowa and Western Iowa Tech Community College have graciously agreed to host the roundtables.
We would be delighted if you would please consider attending a 2015 Future Ready Iowa Roundtable on one of the following dates:
2015 Future Ready Iowa October Roundtables:
1) Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Waukee Community School District, Prairie View Theater Arts Center, 655 SE. University Ave., Waukee
2) Monday, Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., University of Northern Iowa, Slife Ballroom, 23rd St. & Campus St., Cedar Falls
3) Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Western Iowa Tech Community College, Room L416, 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City
Roundtable participants for the discussion, which will be led by a moderator, will include the governor and lt. governor, business, labor, nonprofit and education leaders, and high school and college students. Audience questions and comments will take up the last 10 to 15 minutes of the hour.
While numerous statewide initiatives are moving Iowa in the right direction, it’s essential to better align our education and workforce systems for an even more prosperous future. Thanks to a generous grant from the National Governors Association, an Iowa team has been working to recommend what share of Iowans should earn a two- or four-year degree college degree, industry-recognized certificate, or other credential that meets employer needs by 2025. Your feedback on this goal, and other ideas you may have about how to close the skills gap, will help Iowa move ahead faster in a fast-changing world.
Please register to attend one of the October Roundtables HERE. If you don’t have an opportunity to register, you are still welcome to attend.
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