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Ragan, Steckman, Gronstal to hold meeting on efforts to fill skilled worker shortages in Mason City

Representative Sharon Steckman and Senator Amanda Ragan

Senator Ragan, Representative Steckman and Senator Majority Leader Gronstal seek strategies to help Iowans recover from national recession –

(Mason City)  – State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs will meet Wednesday with community college officials and local business owners to discuss how the state of Iowa can help fill skilled worker shortages.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29, in Mason City from 10 AM to 11:30 AM in the Muse Norse Center, Room 180 of North Iowa Area Community College.

“Ensuring more workers get the training they need must be part of our statewide effort to help Iowans recover from the national recession. Our current skill shortage is a serious problem for Iowa’s economy,” Ragan said.

“By 2018, 62 percent of all jobs in Iowa — 1.1 million jobs — will require some training or education beyond high school,” Steckman said.  “Yet nearly 10 percent of Iowa’s working-age adults do not have a high school diploma.”

In 2012, Ragan, Steckman and Gronstal helped lead a successful effort to pass community college legislation that included new opportunities to earn non-credit skill certificates and the creation of the new Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant.

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