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$2M in federal funding to expand Iowa College and Career Transition Counselor program


Iowa’s community colleges will receive $2 million in federal funding for the College and Career Transition Counselor program, which will enable the colleges to expand the program. The community project funding, part of the omnibus spending bill signed by President Joe Biden last week, was supported by Iowa Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. It will provide for up to 15 additional shared counselor positions between high schools and community colleges, the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees said in a press release. Currently, more than 20 college and career transitional counselors work statewide. “School counselors are stretched thin statewide with large caseloads and growing mental health concerns,” said Emily Shields, executive director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. “This funding will support critical counseling services specific to helping students navigate their futures.” The funding will be administered by Indian Hills Community College, and CCTC positions will be supported in all 15 Iowa Community College regions.

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