Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31 for the Career Academy Incentive Fund.
The fund provides targeted grants to support partnerships between school districts, community colleges, business and industry and other partners that expand access to career academy programs, with a focus on programming delivered through regional centers. Annually, the Iowa Department of Education will award grants of up to $1 million for projects that best meet the criteria specified in statute (the number of grants issued will be based on the amount of available funds and types of applications received).
Career academies are programs of study in which students benefit from business and industry partnerships, earn high school and college credit, and gain technical and traditional academic skills offered through career and technical education programs in some of Iowa’s most in-demand fields.
Earlier this year, North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City won a $1 million competitive grant through the Career Academy Incentive Fund to help expand student access to career academy programs in some of the region’s most in-demand fields through a new regional center in Forest City. The Career Academy Incentive Fund was established by a 2019 law that extends a statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, called Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE), through January 2051.
Expanding student access to high-quality career and technical education is part of the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which is focused on growing a skilled workforce in all regions of the state by connecting more Iowans to the education and training needed for high-demand careers.