• Reynolds calls workforce development 'top priority' for her administration

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    October 20, 2017

    Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday a set of programs designed to encourage Iowans to pursue education and career training opportunities beyond high school is her "top priority" going into the next legislative session. 

    Among those programs she's championing is a new scholarship and grant program for Iowans who already have earned at least half the credits necessary for a bachelor's degree in a high-demand career field. 

    "This is the No. 1 priority of our administration," Reynolds said. "And you know, it’s necessary, it’s critical. As we travel the state and as we talk about the need for a skilled workforce, that's how we’re going to continue to grow the economy and provide opportunities for Iowans."

    She said the scholarship program would require new money from the state and from private investors as part of a public-private partnership. 

    Reynolds declined to say how much she expects the program will cost, though she indicated it's likely in the millions of dollars. She said she plans to wait to discuss costs until she releases her budget proposal later this year. 

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