The Iowa Senate has approved a plan that would give community colleges funding to address a skilled workers shortage. Senate File 429 was passed by a 31-19 vote and will now head to the House. If fully approved, the measure would provide community colleges an additional $23 million dollars to help address the state's skilled workers shortage. Senator Darryl Beal, a product of Iowa Central Community College, said the legislation includes $15.5 million for workforce training and economic development, $7.5 million for adult basic education, and $5 million in Kibbie grants. During floor comments, Beal said Iowa is one of three states that doesn't provide direct support for adult literacy and adult basic education.