Members of Work-Based Learning Advisory Board Unveiled

August 30, 2018

ABI President Mike Ralston and several ABI members—along with non-profit organization employees, educators, elected officials and students—were selected by Gov. Reynolds to serve on a clearinghouse advisory board. The governor announced this new board on Monday, and the virtual clearinghouse was created under Executive Order No. 1. Its purpose is to expand work-based learning opportunities for K-12 students.

According to the governor’s press release, the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning is a joint venture of the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Area Education Agencies Learning Online. IWD Director Beth Townsend and Iowa Education Director Ryan Wise will lead it. During the 2018 legislative session, legislators signed off on Gov. Reynolds’ $250,000 budget request for the clearinghouse as part of the Future Ready Iowa initiative. You can read the full press release here.

The Reynolds-Gregg administration has been laser-focused on workforce, and the new clearinghouse is just the most recent example. In past newsletters you have read about the upcoming Future Ready Iowa Summits. Four more summit sites were announced on Tuesday. The summits will take place this fall. If you are interested in registering, click here for more information.