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Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education awarded $1.5 million in grants through the Career Academy Incentive Fund to prepare more high school students for success in college,

Davenport, IOWA – According to the statement, the Western Iowa Tech Community College was awarded a $1 million grant to increase access to career academy programs in high-demand fields through a new regional center in Denison.

Western Iowa Tech’s grant will be used to create a new regional center in Denison that will serve students from five rural districts. The regional center will provide students with access to career academy programming in agriculture, business, electrical and education.

Sate officials said that the Indian Hills Community College was awarded $500,000 for an expansion of the Hills West Regional Center in Centerville.

Indian Hills will use the grant to expand career academy programs at the Hills West Regional Center.

Students in partnering school districts will benefit from industry partnerships, earn high school and college credit and gain technical and traditional academic skills offered through career and technical education programs.

Gov. Kim Reynolds reportedly said:

“Expanding career academies develops our workforce talent pipeline and prepares high school students for high-skill, high-demand careers that are available right here in Iowa.

I commend Western Iowa Tech and Indian Hills for their leadership in growing career academies where students can explore careers available in their communities while earning valuable industry experience and college credit.”

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