Branstad Signs Bill to Increase Funding for Apprenticeship Program
Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill that provides increased state funding and coordination for an apprenticeship program to train workers in skilled jobs including those in construction and information technology. The bill provides over $3 million for the program which will be administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. A previous state apprenticeship program received about $1 million in funding. Branstad said a skilled workforce is extremely important and in high demand in Iowa. Branstad signed the bill at a site in Altoona where Facebook is developing data centers. Microsoft and Google also are building data centers in the state.