I-AM: Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing

I-AM Priorities

Priority 1: Build stacked and latticed curriculum and career pathways in signature programs


  • Statewide digital literacy curriculum, additional online & blended learning options, shared curriculum for core manufacturing competencies
  • Tracking & advising model, blueprint for career pathways
  • Statewide and regional marketing plan, employment and career website
  • Manufacturing transfer student agreement and MOU with University of Iowa, manufacturing added to BAS options, advising model
  • Online & blended delivery options for courses and training

Strategy 1: Align curricula with relevant industry-recognized certifications including NCRC, AWS & NIMS certifications
Strategy 2: Align noncredit offerings with credit courses
Strategy 3: Strengthen Credit for Prior Learning options
Strategy 4: Establish AWS Accredited Testing Facilities (ATF) throughout the state

Priority 2: Build a steady pipeline of skilled workers for Iowa’s in-demand, advanced manufacturing occupations


  • Audited & realigned curricula, certified instructors, updated state-of-the-art training facilities
  • Audited curricula, course alignment, transcripting process for non-credit to credit, CPL policies and processes
  • AWS accredited ATFs at DMACC, EICC, ICCC, IHCC, ILCC, IVCC, KCC, and WITCC

Strategy 1: Develop a plan for remediation and contextualized learning
Strategy 2: Utilize intensive advising at the community colleges to best match individuals to programs of study and educate them regarding career pathways
Strategy 3: Launch a statewide marketing effort
Strategy 4: Strengthen articulation from AAS to BAS at University of Iowa
Strategy 5: Enhance technology-enabled learning

Priority 3: Improve the collaboration and alignment between community college programs, the workforce system, and targeted industry employers to keep and create high quality jobs in Iowa.

Strengthened relationships with employers and business associations
Strengthened relationships with Workforce system

Strategy 1: Engage employers and business associations in a systematic way
Strategy 2: Engage the Workforce system in a systematic way