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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 & Initiatives

Child Care Grants

New Opportunity: Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program

Gov. Reynolds has announced a new grant program to help build and expand child care 
opportunities with businesses across the state. Grant applications open June 17th.

  • The Greene County Early Learning Center is moving into a new facility thanks in part to the Future Ready Iowa Child Care Challenge Grant. 

  • The Child Care Challenge grant is already making a difference throughout Iowa. It provides funding opportunities for child care facilities to modernize, renovate, or update their child care space and support additional openings. Watch and learn how Precious Beginnings, a center based out of Des Moines, IA, used the specialized grant to finish a project 20 years in the making and what it means to the parents of local children in the surrounding community. Learn more about the Child Care Challenge Grant by visiting: FutureReadyIowa.gov/childcarechallenge. For all other workforce resources and programs, please visit IowaWorkforceDevelopment.gov.

  • 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.

  • Having a child care facility equipped to care for children with special needs is a top priority for their working parents. In Ames, Iowa, ChildServe has been providing child care for kids with Autism more than five years, and now they are able to expand their services thanks to the Child Care Challenge Grant. Find out how the grant is being used at their facility in Ames and how it will impact the community, especially for parents of a young child with Autism.

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  • The Greene County Early Learning Center is moving into a new facility thanks in part to the Future Ready Iowa Child Care Challenge Grant. 
  • Watch and learn how Precious Beginnings, a center based out of Des Moines, IA, used the specialized grant to finish a project 20 years in the making and what it means to the parents of local children in the surrounding community.
  • 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.
  • In Ames, Iowa, ChildServe has been providing child care for kids with Autism more than five years, and now they are able to expand thanks to the Child Care Challenge grant.
  • You may have heard the name before, but what is Future Ready Iowa?

 

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. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 
  4. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  5. Physicians and Surgeons
  6. Managers, All Other  
  7. Physical Therapists 
  8. General and Operations Managers  
  9. Occupational Therapists  
  10. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  
  11. Speech-Language Pathologists 
  12. Teacher Assistants  
  13. Accountants  
  14. Medical and Health Services Managers  
  15. Computer Programmers 

 

 

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.