The story of our workforce training programs in Iowa is a case study in identifying problems and needs, then developing creative solutions that build long-term opportunities. Since the mid-1980s the State of Iowa has called on community colleges to provide rapid responses to employer needs in business and industry.
A key part of that response was, and is, the Iowa Job Training Program, developed to assist new or expanding businesses. If a company is expanding operations or locating a new facility in the state, New Jobs Training resources can provide flexible funding to meet the wide variety of training and employee development needs. The assistance available ranges from highly specialized educational programs to basic skill training for the new positions. This training assistance has provided key support for over 20 years. Many notable companies in our Corridor employing hundreds began with an idea, hard work—and new worker training provided through Kirkwood.
If the company is in need of training for its existing employees, the Job Training Program can provide flexible funding to meet the workforce needs of those employees.
Companies that are creating new jobs and are engaged in manufacturing, processing, assembling products, warehousing, wholesaling, or conducting research and development are eligible to participate in the program. Businesses engaged in the provision of services which have customers outside of Iowa are also eligible.