Gov. Kim Reynolds has released more information on her proposed plan to address a shortage of health care workers in Iowa, particularly in the state’s rural community. She says, “Solving Iowa’s health care work force shortage requires a broad and wholistic approach comprised of both short- and long-term strategies and investments. There’s no better place to start than in our high schools—introducing students to simulated and hands-on learning in the health care field that could potentially turn into a life-long career. Our communities and health care industry will benefit greatly from developing these public-private partnerships and innovative collaborations.” The newly available grants will establish or expand high school-based registered apprenticeships modeled on a program created in 2021 at the Career Academy of Pella. Successful participants can obtain certified nursing assistant (CNA) licensing and become qualified for employment as medical surgical tech, lab tech, phlebotomist and more before graduating from high school. It also lays the groundwork for other fields, including credit towards nursing degrees. Grant awards will vary based on the needs of the applicant and can be used on equipment purchases, training materials, uniforms and other costs associated with implementing their program. More information can be found included below.