Cedar Valley Recognized as Skilled Iowa Community

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Governor Branstad speaks about the Skilled Iowa initiative.

Dr. Allen discusses what the Skilled Iowa initiative means for Hawkeye Community College.

Left to right: Dr. Gloria Gibson, provost at the University of Northern Iowa; Steve Dust, CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber; and Dr. Linda Allen, president of Hawkeye Community College, sign letters of commitment for the Skilled Iowa initiative.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2012, the Cedar Valley was recognized as the first Skilled Iowa Community in the State. During the visit, Governor Terry Branstad and Teresa Wahlert, Director of Iowa Workforce Development, showed their support  of Hawkeye Community College's partnership with the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber to develop a Skilled Iowa Communities program. The  program will be a tool for our employers to attract and retain quality talent.

Employers in the Cedar Valley can make a commitment to use the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) in their hiring process. The National Career Readiness Certificate assists both job seekers and employers by determining a baseline of skills and providing resources to improve skills.

Dr. Linda Allen, president of Hawkeye Community College, signed a commitment letter for the Skilled Iowa program. She states, "As both the president of an institution devoted to providing educational opportunities to individuals of all skill levels as well as one of the larger employers in this area, I have endorsed the Skilled Iowa Initiative because I know that the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) testing and training support will result in economic growth for the Cedar Valley Region."

She added, "Iowa job seekers and Iowa employers will now have a framework through which worker skills can be validated and aligned with the needs of businesses throughout the Cedar Valley. As a Skilled Iowa Community, the Cedar Valley will also be able to showcase the talent present in our regional workforce as a means to attract new businesses and expand economic growth."