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Future Ready Iowa connects Iowans to the education and training required for good paying jobs and careers to improve people's lives. The Future Ready Iowa goal is to have 70 percent of Iowans with education and training beyond high school by 2025. 

 

Future Ready Iowa Programs

Child Care Taskforce

Governor Reynolds launched the Child Care Taskforce on March 10, 2021, to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barriers to work in Iowa.

Child Care Taskforce Information

Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Awardees

A series of Coronavirus Relief Fund grants were awarded to support Iowa's workforce though job training opportunities for those whose employment was affected by the pandemic. View the awardees for the Employer Innovation Fund Grant, the Registered Apprenticeship Expansion Grant, and the Earn and Learn Grant. 

 

  • At Eastern Iowa Community College, there's no such thing as "too many chefs in the kitchen." As we celebrate #NationalCulinaryArtsMonth in July, we also wanted to show off the hard-working students in their Registered Apprenticeship program. Find out how students can earn while they learn as a Registered Apprentice by visiting EarnAndLearnIowa.gov

  • Coronavirus relief grants have helped organizations in Iowa fund crucial job training. Recently, the State Center Police Department was able to train, educate, and fill a need for reserve officers with the grant assistance. In the end, 50 candidates will have successfully made it through the program. In some cases, these are communities with one active officer. Watch what they learned from their pursuit training at a driving course. Learn more about Future Ready Iowa grant opportunities at https://www.futurereadyiowa.gov/innovation

  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds launched the Child Care Task Force to understand the issues facing child care providers in Iowa and help expand access to quality child care. Child care providers and advocates describe some of the barriers they face and explain how state funding is already helping them solve child care barriers in their community.

  • On March 10, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order 8, launching a new Child Care Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barrier to work in Iowa. The governor also announced awardees of two child care grant programs totaling $13,053,372 and contributing to the creation of more than 4,000 new child care slots across Iowa.

  • To celebrate January as National Mentorship Month we spoke with a mentor and mentee in our Future Ready Iowa Virtual Mentorship program. Hear how both help each other learn and grow from this unique partnership. If you are interested in becoming a virtual mentor, or signing up as a mentee, follow this link: https://futurereadyiowamentoring.chronus.com/

  • At Eastern Iowa Community College, there's no such thing as "too many chefs in the kitchen." As we celebrate #NationalCulinaryArtsMonth in July, we also wanted to show off the hard-working students in their Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • The State Center Police Department was able to train, educate, and fill a need for reserve officers with Future Ready Iowa grant assistance.
  • Child care providers and advocates describe some of the barriers they face and explain how state funding is already helping them solve child care barriers in their community.
  • On March 10, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order 8, launching a new Child Care Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barrier to work in Iowa.
  • To celebrate January as National Mentorship Month we spoke with a mentor and mentee in our Future Ready Iowa Virtual Mentorship program.

 

High Demand Jobs in Iowa

 

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High-Demand Jobs in Iowa

 

 

View Careers with 2 Years of Education/Training or Less

 

 

Colleges Offering High-Demand Programs

 

 

Top Job Postings on IowaWORKS.gov
 

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Nursing Assistants
  3. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses  
  4. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 
  5. Physicians and Surgeons
  6. General and Operations Managers
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Speech-Language Pathologists
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Accountants
  11. Teacher Assistants
  12. Coaches and Scouts
  13. Sales Managers
  14. Dietetic Technicians 
  15. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

 

 

Explore more about Future Ready Iowa

Searchable Job List

Learn more about high-demand jobs throughout the state.

Get Involved

Everyone has a part of Future Ready Iowa. 

Accessibility at the Workplace

Learn about creating an inclusive Future Ready Iowa with this training series.

Iowa's Current Skills Gap

See the data behind Iowa's skill gap.

 

Iowa's Career Coach

Discover in-demand careers and education/training based on your interests!

Future Ready Iowa Alliance

Learn about Future Ready Iowa's development and strategic plan.