Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Iowa Department of Education
New study highlights impact Iowa’s community colleges have on state’s economy
Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs
DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return on Investment of Education, found that Iowa’s community colleges collectively contributed $5.4 billion into the state’s economy and supported 107,170 jobs - roughly 6 percent of all jobs in Iowa - during fiscal year 2014-15.
The independent study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), utilized academic and financial reports from the community colleges, as well as earnings and employment outcomes data from the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development.
“In addition to enrolling nearly 150,000 students each year and preparing them to meet the state’s workforce needs, Iowa’s community colleges have a significant impact on the business community,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “This economic impact generates a return on investment for students, taxpayers, and society.”
The alignment of education, workforce and economic development efforts is key to the Future Ready Iowa initiative launched in 2015 by Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds. The initiative calls for 70 percent of Iowans to have education or training beyond high school by 2025 to ensure Iowa’s workforce is equipped with the skills and education employers need.
“From manufacturing to healthcare, Iowa’s community colleges train and prepare the talent for growing, high-demand industries that are driving Iowa’s economy,” Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said. “This report confirms the important role that Iowa’s community colleges play in strengthening Iowa’s talent pipeline and preparing a future-ready workforce.”
Among the study’s findings:
- During the analysis year, past and present students generated $4.6 billion in added income for the state, which is equivalent to supporting 87,905 jobs.
- The top industries impacted by Iowa’s community colleges include health care and social assistance; manufacturing; finance and insurance; and construction.
- For every dollar of public money invested in Iowa’s community colleges, $3.50 in benefits is returned to taxpayers and the average annual rate of return is 10.4 percent.
- For every dollar that a student spends on a community college education in Iowa, that student receives $6.50 per hour in higher future income with an average annual rate of return of 25.3 percent.
- The average associate degree completer will see an increase in earnings of $9,500 each year when compared to someone with a high school diploma or equivalent. Over a working lifetime, this increase in earnings amounts to an undiscounted value of approximately $418,000 in higher earnings.
- The total benefits to society, which include increased lifetime earnings, associated increases in business output and social savings, equal $15.2 billion (in present value form).
“We are pleased that this study confirms the positive effect Iowa’s community colleges have on the state,” said Jeremy Varner, division administrator for the Iowa Department of Education’s Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation. “Iowa’s community colleges not only expand economic opportunities for students, they are key drivers of the state’s economy.”
The income that Iowa’s community colleges and their students added to the state’s economy, $5.4 billion, is equal to 3.3 percent of the state’s Gross State Product, which is equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs.
To read the full report, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Looking for a job in the Cedar Rapids area? Are you 14-18 years old? Are you available on February 23 to attend the "Youth Job Fair"?
If you'd like more information on this job fair please contact:
If you'd like more information on this job fair please contact:
Gina Walsh: 319-365-9474
for more information
Thursday, February 2, 2017
As students plan for their future career and college options, one important component is to consider how credits earned from one institution will transfer to another, including those earned while students are still in high school. Iowa's Regent universities and community colleges have joined forces to create resources to help support planning for future career and college options. You can find that site here.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Check out the efforts and hard work done by our Keystone second graders. Our Elementary Media Specialist, Bridget Speer (@sewfun82) blog post shares how she had students read and review some of the Student Choice Award Books, and how they used the Tellagami app to record and share their book talks.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Benton Community Parents,
Please read below for an email shared with me regarding new "Web Live" courses that will be taught in Benton County Schools during the 2017-2018 school year. The information as outlined below was shared with all students via email last week. If you are interested in having your child take one of these courses, then make sure they have registered for the course via Power School.
We do often receive questions about eligibility for college courses. Students do have the option to take college credit while in high school. It is up to the college that a student ultimately attends as to how that credit will transfer. Students cannot be enrolled as full-time college students while they are in high school. Full time attendance is designated as 24.0 credit hours per year. Students will receive both high school and college grades for these courses, and high school and college credit. As noted in our course book:
Students who qualify must be prepared to meet a different and higher expectation. For example, Kirkwood Community College policies apply to these courses, along with Benton Community building policies. The KCC policies for grading, attendance and late work are more demanding than for a typical high school course.
Contact Aaron Cretin at email@example.com with any questions. Thanks!
Dear Students and Parents:
We have an exciting new opportunity to promote for college credit! We are offering four new classes via Weblive – an internet format using conferencing software with scheduled meeting times. Students will not have to leave their school for this opportunity. The classes offered are Career Decision Making and Introduction to Criminal Justice in the fall and How College Works and Elements of Writing in the spring (class descriptions listed below). Students do not have to take all four courses, but can pick and choose what works for them. These courses will be offered to the other Benton County schools as well and will give students a chance to interact with other students from other school districts. These classes are specifically designed to work with Benton Community’s bell schedule as well. The times and courses are listed below:
Career Decision Making
Intro to Crim Justice
Elements of Writing
How College Works
Please contact the counseling office or myself directly if you have any questions regarding these course offerings.
Director, Benton County
Kirkwood Community College
SDV-170 Career Decision Making (3)
Provides an understanding of the career development process, and assists students in making satisfactory career choices. Includes self-assessment, career information research, decision making and job search strategies. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
CRJ-100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
Provides an overview of the American criminal justice system and examines the process of justice administration through the agencies of law enforcement, courts and corrections. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
SDV-105 How College Works (3)
Explores individual strengths, strategies for solidifying personal responsibility, college readiness/academic success strategies, career readiness/vocational goals for students as they identify a college program or major. Emphasizes differences between high school and college expectations. Identifies appropriate career areas. Offers aids in taking and using placement tests for college admission and personal financial management. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
ENG-101 Elements of Writing (3)
Develops students' fluency in communication and clarity in thinking through writers' notebooks, expository writing, analytical reading and listening. Students use structured assignments to explore personal goals and values, exercising skills needed for reasoning and writing across the curriculum. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: Qualifying placement score; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A *NOTE: Course is taken as a pre-req for Composition I and is for students who don’t test directly into Composition I.