Career and Technical Education Popular Among US Governors

0 February 28, 2014  The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

Workforce development, career and technical education, and job readiness have become some of the most talked about issues as states kick off their 2014 legislative calendars.  One reason these topics have become so popular is because many of our state governors have made them top legislative priorities for their administration.  The most compelling evidence of […]


Apprenticeship Budget Will Triple Under Iowa Governor’s New Proposal

0 January 15, 2014  featured, Workforce Issues

When Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) delivered his “Condition of the State” address, he announced a legislative agenda focused on improving economic development and providing Iowans access to high-paying jobs in high-demand industries.  As part of this legislative agenda, the governor’s proposed budget would triple funding to apprenticeship programs. The Associated Builders and Contractors of […]


Iowa’s Skilled Worker Shortage

0 June 10, 2013  The Skills Gap

Nationwide, construction spending has seen an average annual increase of about 10 percent for the past two years, while employment has only increased an average of 2 percent each year. Together, these numbers mean that some areas of the country already are experiencing a skilled worker shortage – including Iowa. Iowa can expect to see […]