Quebec community colleges receive grant for academic and professional transition

The Iowa Department of Education on Monday awarded seven competitive $50,000 grants to help create new college and career transition counselor positions.

In QCA, community colleges in eastern Iowa received a start-up grant. Des Moines Area Community College and Indian Hills Community College also each received a seed grant, and Iowa Central Community College and North Iowa Area Community College received two seed grants to support new college transition counselors and professionals who will work with career exploration and transition to college and vocational training. These programs align with the state’s Future Ready Iowa goal, which calls for 70% of Iowa’s workforce to have an education or training beyond high school by 2025. .

The grants will support seven new college and career transition counselors who will work with students in 14 school districts across the state: North Scott, Ballard, Belmond-Klemme, Clear Lake, Colo-NESCO, Davis County, Fort Dodge, Lake Mills, Moulton. -Udell, Newell-Fonda, Osage, Wayne, West Fork and West Hancock.

“Increasing the number of college and career transition counselors across the state will help more students explore career opportunities and ensure they have the support they need to continue to succeed in the future. beyond high school,” said Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “I commend our community college and school district partners for their commitment to supporting high school students in their career exploration and ensuring a successful transition into college, post-secondary training and the workforce. »

The three-year grants will help establish academic and career transition counselors for the 2022-23 to 2024-25 academic years. To sustain these shared positions, ongoing funding will be provided by colleges and districts.

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