Work partnerships pick up steam in Iowa
Work is going strong in the development of partnerships across the state that includes the private sector, area education agencies, community colleges and school districts to provide effective, efficient, and economical means of delivering high-quality secondary career and technical education programs.
A total of 15 partnerships have been approved by the Iowa Department of Education, well before the June 30 deadline.
The work is the outcome of legislative House File 2392, which represents the first major revision to secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) policy in Iowa since 1989 and is helping shape the future of CTE programs across the state.
The partnerships met the following requirements for Department approval:
- Adopted bylaws;
- Provided the Department with a membership list designating the leaders, required members (school district superintendent, community college president, area education agency chief administrator, work-based learning intermediary network representative, regional economic and workforce entity representatives, regional sector partnership members, and representatives of business and industry), and the designated fiscal agent;
- Submitted minutes from all previously held meetings; and
- Provided the Department with a schedule of future meetings.
Over the next year each partnership will develop a multi-year plan outlining the partnership’s goals, objectives and outcomes to ensure students have access to high-quality CTE programming that aligns career guidance, CTE and academic curricula, and work-based learning opportunities.
To assist the regional planning partnerships, the Department has issued guidance and templates regarding accounting processes, submitting claims, the prioritization of expenditures and developing multi-year plans.
This work supports Iowa’s Future Ready Iowa initiative, which aims to have 70 percent of Iowa’s population to have education and training beyond high school in order to fill high-demand jobs. Currently, 58 percent of the population has education and training beyond high school.
More information about the CTE redesign and role of regional planning partnerships is available on the Department’s website.
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