About the Future Ready Iowa Initiative

About Future Ready Iowa

  • Future Ready Iowa is an initiative to build Iowa’s talent pipeline
  • Education or training beyond high school is the new minimum to earn a living wage
  • Careers today and in the future require advanced knowledge and/or technical skills
  • The goal of Future Ready Iowa is for 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025
  • Education and Workforce Trends through 2025 provides a forecast of Iowa's talent pipeline
  • A Stronger Nation is a report which shows where Iowa is today in terms of education after high school

Future Ready Iowa History

  • The initiative was created after Iowa received a National Governors Association grant
  • A Future Ready Iowa Summit was held in April of 2016 to create a broader conversation about next steps
  • A Future Ready Iowa Alliance was created through the signing of Executive Order 88 in August of 2016
  • Executive Order 88 charges the Alliance with developing and recommending a strategic plan by October 31, 2017, to accomplish the 70 percent goal, including metrics and benchmarks

Future Ready Iowa Goals

  • Progress toward reducing the socioeconomic, ethnic and racial achievement gaps in kindergarten through 12th grade and increasing equity in postsecondary enrollment
  • Progress toward increasing the percent of traditional-age students and adult learners who earn postsecondary degrees, certificates or other quality credentials
  • Progress toward how well degrees, certificates and other credentials awarded by Iowa postsecondary institutions align with high-demand job needs and job-placement rates

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