Cuts Could Have Far-Reaching EffectsFebruary 3, 2017 |
by Lorenzo Baber
The Branstad-Reynolds administration has proposed a significant cut for public postsecondary education, including an $8 million cut to the 15 community colleges across the state. While understanding the tough decisions faced by our legislative leaders, such drastic reductions for community colleges will have significant implications across all regions of the state.
Foremost, community colleges are essential to the Future Ready Iowa, a critical initiative developed by the Branstad-Reynolds administration. To match the growing percentage of new jobs requiring training beyond high school (68 percent by 2025), Future Ready Iowa calls for 70 percent of the Iowa workforce to have a postsecondary credential by 2025.