Cedar Valley Legislators Support Skilled Workers Hawkeye Community College gets $1 million boost next year
Des Moines, Iowa – Cedar Valley legislators supported a plan to grow Iowa’s skilled workforce while keeping tuition affordable at Hawkeye Community College and UNI.
“The agreement reached today is good news for Hawkeye Community College and students who are going to continue their education after high school,” said Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic of Waterloo. “If we are going to build a strong middle class in Iowa, workers and students need access to affordable education and training at places like Hawkeye Community College.”
Under the bi-partisan agreement reached this week, Hawkeye Community College would receive an additional $927,339 boost next year to keep tuition affordable. Some students would also qualify for loans or grants through a new Iowa $66 million workforce training fund and $5.5 million is targeted to adult literacy and education at Iowa’s community colleges.
“The compromise approved this week will help keep tuition affordable for students and prevent another round of budget cuts on campus,” said Rep. Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls. “In the closing days of session, I’m hopeful an additional $10 million will be approved for UNI next year.”
The University of Northern Iowa also received a boost in state funding next year with an additional $2.1 million in general aid, another $500,000 for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative, and $1 million for economic development initiatives.
“Building our skilled workforce is a top priority and the new job training fund will help Iowans upgrade their skills to get a good paying job,” added Rep. Deb Berry of Waterloo. “The training fund will also provide skilled workers in critical job shortage areas, like manufacturing and welding.”
The bill, House File 604, was approved by the House and Senate late Thursday.