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State Leaders Promote Apprenticeships,
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One of the fastest growing states for Registered Apprenticeships shared a glimpse last week of what’s behind that success. As part of Iowa’s recognition of National Apprenticeship Week, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds steered the spotlight on the value of such training. During one stop to Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Waterloo, the state’s leaders met with Dalton President David Krejchi on how his program is helping to close the skills gap and witnessed first-hand the direct impact of crucial state grants to help train apprentices; Dalton currently has more than 10 apprentices. Krejchi stressed the importance of state funds and partnerships with community colleges – such as Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo – to strengthen small businesses. Read more here.
In fiscal year 2013-2014, Iowa saw a more than a 20-percent increase in Registered Apprenticeships. The state credits its success to the engagement of partners – businesses, community colleges, state agencies, union stakeholders, trade associations, and others – that are actively involved in expanding apprenticeships in Iowa. The visit to Dalton last week was part of that awareness campaign.
David Krejchi, president of Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling (c), welcomes Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (r) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds during National Apprenticeship Week.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (c) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds tour Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Waterloo and meet with some of the more than 10 apprentices in Dalton’s training program.
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