Waterloo, IA – Gov. Kim Reynolds said that this program follows an innovative learning model that introduces health care opportunities to high school students with the support of virtual reality training and real-world work experience with a local nursing facility and hospital.
State officials said that it also includes an investment in virtual reality technology for training through the health care related registered apprenticeship programs.
These grants will serve 22 school districts, 16 of which this is their first-ever registered apprenticeship program within their school, and fund 450 apprentices.
Governor Reynolds reportedly said:
“In recognition that the health care field remains at the top of the list of Iowa’s current job openings, today’s announcement represents an innovative opportunity to build and train our future healthcare workforce. Not only will this registered apprenticeship program combine the best available technology with hands-on experiences for high school students, but it will create long-term pathways that help keep career-ready young Iowans in our state.”