Closer to home, Governor Branstad has an aggressive political agenda to create 200,000 new jobs for Iowans. This begs the question: “So how can I best prepare for one of these jobs?” According to ACT (2011), employers from all industries report “increasing demands for skills in problem solving and critical thinking, communication, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and business.” Furthermore, all levels of the workforce will be seeking those individuals who have a portfolio of skills and credentialing in science, technology, engineering, and math.
ACT (2011) cites a recent report published by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors which reveals that job openings requiring a two-year associate’s degree or vocational credentialing are expected to grow slightly faster than occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree or more. Additionally, The Brookings Institution is noted as reporting that 19 of the 30 occupations with the largest projected job growth over the next decade will not require a four-year degree. Perhaps this is why community colleges in particular are described as “the linchpins of the national workforce credentialing system.” Iowa Valley Community College District is positioning itself to play a critical role in meeting the educational training needs of our local workforce. Our faculty and staff take pride in having the opportunity to touch the lives of those individuals who are starting or restarting their educational and career pathways. Take your next step. Visit our campuses soon and see what we have to offer.
Editor’s Note: Christopher Duree, PhD, is the Chancellor of Iowa Valley Community College District.