Iowa's Lt. Governor paid a visit to Fort Dodge yesterday to talk education and workforce development with two different groups. After addressing the Fort Dodge Rotary Club, Reynolds attended an hour-long roundtable discussion with around 40 local business, education, and economic development leaders. Reynolds said the biggest challenge facing Iowa right now is exposing kids to "unmarketed" careers, many of which are looking to hire right now:
Local leaders expressed interest in exploring the possibility of creating a regional academy focusing on technical coursework, which multiple school districts could take advantage of. Steve Ovel with Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, discussed their current partnership with 8 school districts to create such an academy in Monticello.