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The Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation generates a variety of reports. Click on the tab below to view more information about the report listed.
Condition of Community Colleges
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Iowa Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors and Employment Demand
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Condition of Secondary Career and Technical Education
The Annual Condition of Secondary Career and Technical Education Report provides information on trends in secondary CTE courses and programs, enrollment, student characteristics, and instructors based on data collected by the Iowa Department of Education. The reports also describe the four areas of focused policy interest for implementing high-quality CTE throughout the state. Information provided in the reports set the stage for aligning HF2392 implementation with the development of the State Plan required under Perkins V.
Iowa’s community colleges offer a wide variety of education and training programs designed to meet state and regional economic needs. Program outcomes research is conducted to assist colleges in determining the effectiveness of their educational programming as it relates to the students’ transition into the workforce.
Economic Impact of Community Colleges
Iowa’s 15 community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to the independent study conducted by Emsi Burning Glass. Emsi used academic and financial reports from the community colleges, as well as earnings and employment outcomes data from the Iowa Department of Education’s Division of Community Colleges & Workforce Preparation and the Iowa Workforce Development’s Labor Market Information Division.
The statewide study, Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return on Investment of Education, found that Iowa’s community colleges collectively contributed $5.5 billion to the state’s economy and supported 87,149 jobs, roughly 1 out of every 23 jobs in Iowa, during fiscal year 2019-2020.
The Economic Value of Iowa's Community Colleges - Full Report
Fall Enrollment Report
A report detailing the community college fall credit headcount and total credit hours with full-time and part-time student enrollment data.
This annual report documents the fiscal year high school enrollment at community colleges.
Outcomes of Jointly Enrolled Students in Iowa: A study of the 2011 High School Graduation Cohort (2021) - The initial longitudinal report examines the impact of joint enrollment on the outcomes of the Iowa high school graduation cohort of spring 2011.
Tuition and Fees Report
The report includes trends among the 15 community colleges as well as comparisons to the Iowa regent universities and institutions nationwide.
Certified Budget Report
Annually, each community college submits an approved budget to the Division of Community Colleges & Workforce Preparation for inclusion in the Certified Budget. This budget is used for determining tax levies.
Adult Education and Literacy
The Iowa Department of Education (Department) collects information on developmental education from Iowa’s 15 community colleges on an annual basis. Developmental education courses are offered in mathematics, reading, writing, English as a Second Language (ESL), and in other subject areas such as financial literacy and skill building. These courses do not count toward degrees, but typically must be completed by students who are considered academically underprepared before they can advance to introductory transfer-level courses.
The Annual Report of Developmental Education in Iowa Community Colleges, a statewide study, provides trend data on course enrollment, credit hours taken, student demographics, and course information as reported by colleges in the Department’s Management Information System (MIS) by fiscal year (FY) for student data before 2016-2017 and annual year (AY) for student data starting in 2016-2017.
Iowa’s community colleges partner with the Iowa Department of Corrections to provide inmates with education, training and skills to help them successfully reenter our communities and build productive lives. Supporting second chances and successful reentry prepares individuals for life and employment, which reduces recidivism.
Community College Leader Bulletin
The Community College Leader Bulletin is a monthly newsletter of the Iowa Department of Education's Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation. The newsletter includes information on topics, issues and events relevant to community college stakeholders.
Iowa Skilled Worker Pipeline Report - The Iowa Skilled Worker Pipeline report provides policy-makers, educators, and students with tangible results illustrating the number of issued community college credit awards by occupational category and how those awards relate to current and future in-demand occupations throughout the state of Iowa.
Iowa: Education and Workforce Trends through 2025 - This Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce report analyzes industry and occupational education requirements. The study projects that 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require postsecondary education or training beyond high school by 2025.
Community College Program Capacity Survey, Fall 2007 - Provides the results of a survey on community college program capacity conducted in the Fall of 2007.
Transfer Behavior/Postcollege Earnings of Iowa Community College Students
This document details the findings of research done on the transfer behavior of Iowa Community College students.
Transfer Behavior/Postcollege Earnings of Iowa Community College Students - State Board Presentation - PowerPoint on the transfer behavior of Iowa College students was presented to the State Board of Education.
Reengineering CTE Iowa - August 2007.