Future Ready Iowa – a great resource for your future

Are you looking for education, training or high demand jobs in the state of Iowa? If you are, a great place to start your search is the Future Ready Iowa website. The website was launched on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, and offers a variety of resources such as skill building; scholarship and college opportunities; and career information and openings.

Future Ready Iowa was created after Iowa received a National Governors Association grant in 2014. This initiative is aimed at helping to build Iowa’s talent in the coming years. According to the website, the goal of Future Ready Iowa is for 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school by the year 2025.

According to the Future Ready Iowa Fact Sheet, we need this initiative because …

“Education or training beyond high school has become the new minimum threshold for Americans to earn a living wage and attain middle class status. In 1973, only 28 percent of U.S. jobs required education beyond a high school diploma; by 2025, almost two out of three jobs in the nation are projected to require at least some postsecondary education or training. Iowa’s economy reflects this national trend and demonstrates a steady increase in the demand for postsecondary education and training in the industries that form the mainstay of the economy.”

For more information or questions about Future Ready Iowa, contact:

Doug Hoelscher, Office of the Governor

Doug.hoelscher@iowa.gov

Linda Fandel, Office of the Governor

Linda.fandel@iowa.gov

January 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Registration for Iowa Financial Know-How scholarships now open

The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, developed by Iowa Student Loan, is now open for registration to all Iowa high school seniors. The scholarship program gives students the opportunity to earn a $2,000 college scholarship while also learning financial literacy skills.

Thirty scholarships will be awarded to students who complete two online financial literacy tutorials and score highest on the related assessment. Each winner’s school will also receive a $500 award. To register, visit the Iowa Student Loan website.

January 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

We’re back, Facebook!

We have exciting news Facebook friends! The Jump$tart Blog is back.

Well, we actually never went away but we have had some trouble connecting with our Facebook page. But, we are happy to share we resolved the issue and will now be sharing our posts with you all!

Enjoy!

January 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Money Smart Kid Essay application now available

Each year, during Money Smart Week, the Iowa Bankers Association sponsors the Money Smart Week essay contest in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Through the contest, students are asked to answer a financial question and relate it back to their life. This year’s question is:

“Do you think there is a connection between financial health and physical health? Please explain your answer. What can you do to become more financially healthy?”

One student will be named this year’s Money Smart Kid and will receive a $1,000 College Savings account. Participants must reside in the Money Smart Week Iowa or Quad Cities region and must be in grade 7-11. The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, March 24, 2017, and the winner will be notified by April 19.

Download the MSW Essay application at http://www.moneysmartweek.org/kids_competition. To stay up-to-date on contest information, “like” MSW Iowa on Facebook.

January 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Jump$tart launches new Clearinghouse

Jump$tart has recently updated the Jump$tart Clearinghouse, a premier online library of financial education resources. The new Clearinghouse not only has a new interface but also has improved functionality, more search capabilities, and added ways to rate and comment on resources.

Jump$tart is encouraging partners to review the resources their organization may have previously listed. To search and review resources click here. If changes need to be made, contact the Clearinghouse Director “Ask Anne.”

If you are not a Jump$tart partner, you can still search and utilize the resources Clearinghouse has to offer. However, if you’d like favorite, update or submit resources, you must create a profile. Click the “Create a Profile” link in the top right corner of the page.

For additional information or questions, contact “Ask Anne.”

January 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Feedback wanted on social studies standards draft

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise is currently looking for feedback on the draft of proposed statewide social studies standards that will affect Iowa students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

This proposed draft is a statewide effort to update Iowa’s current social studies standards that were adopted in 2008.

The Social Studies Standards Review Team plans to take public feedback into account when reviewing the proposed standards. The final draft is expected to be presented to the State Board of Education this spring.

There are multiple ways you can give your feedback. An online survey is available here. Three public forums have also been scheduled for the public to attend. Individuals can attend in person or remotely from satellite sites. The public forum details are listed below.

Monday, Jan. 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Heartland Area Education Agency
6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston
Room 152B

Satellite sites
Northwest Area Education Agency
1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City
Room 206

Keystone Area Education Agency
2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque
Room 1A

Thursday, Jan. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Grant Wood Area Education Agency
4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids
Autumn, Sone, and Revere Rooms

Satellite sites
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas
North & South Twin Lakes Room

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
729 21st St., Bettendorf
Muscatine and Scott Rooms

Wednessday, Jan. 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Green Hills Area Education Agency
24997 U.S. Highway 92, Council Bluffs
Halverson Conference Room

Satellite sites
Great Prairie Area Education Agency
3601 West Ave., Burlington
Room B

Area Education Agency 267
909 S. 12th St., Marshalltown
Room B

 

 

January 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm

You’re invited

Join other students and teachers at the Economics Education Conference at Northwestern College on Friday, January 27.

Dr. Don Fell, professor & institute director with Foundation for Teach Economics (www.fte.org), and Erica Vonk, mentor teacher from the NWC Business Department, will be sharing their ideas on economic concepts and how to incorporate economics into the classroom.

Event Details:

When: Friday, January 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Northwestern College Learning Commons, Vogel Room

Cost: $25 holds your spot- BUT attend all day & get your money back!

Included: Free lunch and snacks

Seats are limited! To register, email Erica Vonk at Erica.vonk@nwciowa.edu. Your name and $25 must be submitted before the day of the event to hold your spot.

January 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

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