Des Moines, Iowa – Bettendorf was one of eight recipients of the Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program, announced by Governor Kim Reynolds on Tuesday.
In a news statement that was sent today by the Iowa Governor’s Office, it was said that the program follows an innovative learning model that offers health care options to high school students with the help of virtual reality training and real-world job experience with a local nursing facility and hospital. It includes an investment in virtual reality technology that will be used for training in the health care industry’s many well-known apprenticeship programs.
“In recognition that the health care field remains at the top of the list of Iowa’s current job openings, today’s announcement represents an innovative opportunity to build and train our future healthcare workforce. Not only will this registered apprenticeship program combine the best available technology with hands-on experiences for high school students, but it will create long-term pathways that help keep career-ready young Iowans in our state,” said Reynolds.
“I applaud today’s grant awardees and look forward to the great work they will do to support the career paths of young Iowans,” Director of Iowa Workforce Development Beth Townsend said.
The press release states that these grants will be used to fund 450 apprentices and will help a total of 22 school districts.
Visit this website for more details on the recipients of funds as well as the registered apprenticeship programs.