SCC Awarded Pre-Apprenticeship Program Development Funds


Des Moines, IA - Southeastern Community College was awarded $18,000 to develop a construction trades pre-apprenticeship program. The college will partner with the Burlington Community School District (BCSD), Carl A. Nelson & Company, and Brockway Mechanical & Roofing Co. to create the program for high school students.

Students who complete the program will earn college credit, a Building Construction Certificate, and an OSHA 10 General Construction credential.

In addition to the state funding award, Great Western Bank has committed $30,000 to support the program locally.

Cory Johnson, the Director of Curriculum for the Burlington Community School District said that establishing this pre-apprenticeship program is essential to serving the young people in Burlington. "We are dedicated to our mission of 'inspiring and challenging students through diverse opportunities,' and we strive to have a profoundly positive impact on each student's life."

Dr. Ashlee Spannagel, Dean of Career and Technical Education & Workforce Development for SCC, said that the collaboration with BCSD, Carl A. Nelson & Company, and Brockway Mechanical & Roofing Co. is key to create a clear pathway in the construction trades for area students.

"SCC is excited to take part in this partnership that will offer young students the education they need for in-demand careers in our region," Dr. Spannagel said.

SCC is one of 22 recipients of the current round of Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund awards, matching grants that help employers provide postsecondary training and education opportunities for their employees.

The Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund is intended to broaden opportunities for more Iowans to earn for-credit and non-credit postsecondary credentials that will lead to high-demand jobs and encourage Iowa employers, community leaders and others to collaborate to support regional workforce talent development. Future Ready Iowa established the goal of 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025 and looks to strengthen the talent pipeline longer term.

At the presentation ceremony on Monday, Gov. Reynolds said Future Ready Iowa gives Iowans life-changing opportunities.
"Employer Innovation Fund empowers Iowa businesses and communities to create solutions that help Iowans find a good-paying job in a high-demand career," said Gov. Reynolds.

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