Growing Iowa's economy through policies that invest in workforce. 

Central Iowa Works convenes the Iowa Skills2Compete Coalition. Partners across the state help identify and advocate for policies that grow Iowa's economy by investing in opportunities that enable Iowans to obtain and sustain employment, while helping employers fill middle-skill jobs. 

Members of the coalition include faith-based groups, membership associations, representatives from the workforce partnerships, non-profits, community colleges, government partners, labor unions, business partners, and many others.

In 2014, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions awarded Central Iowa Works its Investor Committee Award
for exemplary effort to accomplish systems change.

2017 Workforce Policy Agenda Skills 2 Compete - cover

Skills2Compete recommended these policies in the 2017 Iowa Legislative session. Click here or the image on this page to view or download a full version of the report.

  • Maintain current investments in adult basic education, PACE programs, pathway navigators, industry sector partnerships and gap tuition assistance at the level of $12.5 million and ensure these opportunities are available in each of the state’s 15 service areas.
  • Provide the Iowa State Board of Education with the authority to adopt additional pathways to achieve a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) as recommended in the Iowa HSED Task Force Report.
  • Eliminate the child care “cliff effect” and increase access to quality and affordable child care assistance to help employers address the growing middle-skills gap and help working families balance their household survival budget. Expand the income eligibility level of the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program for working families from 145 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) and index the child care provider reimbursement to the current market rate.
  • Support the recommendations of the Older Iowan Legislature to address Iowa’s direct care workforce needs.
  • Support policies and investments that help prepare offenders for a successful reentry to Iowa communities and employment through education and training during their incarceration.
  • Support both public and private transportation initiatives introduced during the 2017 legislative session that will reduce barriers to employment and education.
  • Support policies that eliminate wage theft in Iowa to ensure that workers are being fairly compensated for their services.

United Way of Central Iowa advocacy efforts

Skills2Compete is part of United Way of Central Iowa's advocacy agenda, which promotes the health, education, and financial stability of all Iowans. Learn more about our priorities and how you can get involved. 

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