I-AM: Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing

I-AM Priorities

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

Deliverables:

  • 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

Deliverables:

  • 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.

Deliverables:
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