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Cedar Rapids and Kirkwood partner for new workforce, education program

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The City of Cedar Rapids and Kirkwood Community College are beginning a new program with the aim of getting extra college students educated whereas serving to to fill the native workforce.

The metropolis introduced on Monday it devoted a half one million {dollars} value of American Rescue Plan Act funds to the school for the program.

It’s referred to as the Cedar Rapids College Career Connection. They’re offering $6,000 yearly to certified college students to additional their technical abilities. That will embrace highschool graduates, in addition to upskilling native residents.

Organizers say this fills the hole already seen by college students.

Kirkwood Community College President Dr. Lori Sundberg sait the program will assist college students with their tuition and books for any profession technical applications not already funded by the Governor’s future prepared Iowa or Dollars for Scholars program.

Organizers say it’s a necessity based mostly program.

They additionally say each the pandemic and derecho delayed the program’s launch.

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