More than 1,000 career options are associated with an apprenticeship program - where the apprentice can "earn while they learn." It is a cost-effective means of obtaining higher education in a classroom as well as hands-on training in a job they may hold for years to come.
In a video story, "The Iowa Journal" profiles The Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #33 apprentice program in Des Moines, where the 2009-2010 enrollment stands at 230 students.
In the studio to discuss the potential of such programs to provide an affordable higher education and what a skilled workforce can contribute to the state's growth in economic development are three guests:
Greer Sisson, Iowa State Director of the office of Apprenticeships in the U.S. Department of Labor,
Liz Buck, Director of Iowa Workforce Development, and
Nancy Kothenbeutel, Executive Director of Continuing Education at Eastern Iowa Community College District in Davenport.
In the News Analysis, James Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette talks with host Paul Yeager about Governor Culver's Iowa tour to promote shovel-ready projects. They also discuss how Iowa may spend its share of federal stimulus money. (28:46)