The goal of Future Ready Iowa is simple, yet ambitious: to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by equipping students and job seekers with the relevant knowledge and skills needed to excel in the workforce.
More specifically, Future Ready Iowa is aiming for “70 percent of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025.” That’s quite the jump considering less than half of the workforce has that level of training or education now.
“Every Iowan deserves the quality education and training that delivers the skills needed for a rewarding career.”
To help achieve this goal, Future Ready Iowa created a one-stop career exploration and planning website for students and job seekers. The site leverages relevant labor market data and helpful employment resources, including Emsi’s Career Coach, to help users chart a path to a successful career.
The Future Ready Iowa Career Coach site encompasses data for the entire state of Iowa. By pulling data from each of the state’s 15 community college’s individual Career Coach sites, other educational providers, and even apprenticeship programs, users get a comprehensive picture of training options in their area.
“Career Coach helps to support the mission of Future Ready Iowa by providing public access to important employment information. Students and job seekers can answer: What are the growing jobs in my region? What do those jobs entail? What could potentially be a good fit for me? What are my training options for this career? And even a step further, they can then apply for jobs and create a resume. All in one place. Every piece of what they need is in one tool,” said Paula Nissen, Education Program Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education.
“We have this goal of getting 70% of the workforce trained or educated beyond high school by 2025—having a resource like this is a practical step in the right direction to make that happen.”
To learn more about Future Ready Iowa and explore the available resources, visit their website.