History of Enhance Iowa

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Origins of Enhance Iowa

Enhance Iowa originated with a $15 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The grant was part of a larger federal initiative called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training or TAACCCT. Started in 2009, the TAACCT program has issued a series of grants to community colleges across the nation for the purpose of putting people back to work.

Hawkeye Community College was chosen to lead a consortium consisting of all 15 of Iowa’s community colleges. This consortium, now known as Enhance Iowa, petitioned for and was awarded a $15 million grant to train Iowans in skill sets needed by local employers.

TAACCT Initiative sends Iowans back to work

The grant awarded to Enhance Iowa is the fourth and last of four TAACCCT initiatives. Each wave of grants focused on a specific industry or needed skill set by employers. Enhance Iowa’s grant focuses on the areas of IT, healthcare, utilities and manufacturing. In total, 71 entities were given $450 million in the final TACCCT award. 

Training Iowa Employees in new programs

The first wave of funds were allocated on October 1, 2014, and they will continue to be dispersed over a four-year period. All of Iowa’s community colleges will receive a portion of the money, allowing them to purchase new learning equipment and offer more programs. 45 new programs will be offered across the Enhance Iowa consortium as a result.

Are you ready to start a new career? Check out our career coach and see which one of the new programs your local community college offers.