In response to a documented shortage of skilled workers in Iowa’s advanced manufacturing sector, the 15 Iowa community colleges formed the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, to collaboratively build the training capacity necessary to meet industry demand and provide Iowans with the skills they need to engage in Iowa’s workforce. While the primary focus of this initiative is training trade-affected workers, the design of the program also contributes to the successful outreach, engagement, and training, and placement of other participants, including dislocated workers and other adults in need of training. over 3,000 individuals will be given the opportunity to earn a college credential and industry-recognized certifications in a shortened time frame, making them eligible for high demand, high wage employment opportunities and launching them on a career pathway in advanced manufacturing.
This project is made possible through a grant from U.S. The Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Program. These grants help community colleges to enhance education and career training programs that prepare students for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
This evaluation is supported by U.S. DOL TAACCCT Grant No. TC-23755-12-60-A-19