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State Registered Apprenticeship program will receive an additional $1M in federal funding


Iowa is set to receive an additional $1 million, or more, according to a news release, in the second round of funding of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grants program. The money will be used to expand the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program. In November 2016, Iowa received $1.8 million in the first round of funding for the federal program. Iowa has used those funds to expand Registered Apprenticeship programs in diverse industries, including health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology, as well as encouraging more women, veterans, minorities and people with disabilities to explore Registered Apprenticeship careers. Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said in a release that the additional grant funding will further build upon the momentum created through the first grant. The state apprenticeship program is a key component of the Future Ready Iowa Initiative, which aims to ensure that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education or training beyond high school by the year 2025.

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