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Governor Reynolds announced earlier this week the awardees of the Coronavirus Relief Fund Registered Apprenticeship Expansion grants and encouraged new applicants for the Coronavirus Relief Fund Earn and Learn Grant. The Registered Apprenticeship Expansion grants were awarded to 72 projects totaling $6,626,852.
The new Coronavirus Relief Earn and Learn Grant is now open for applications from nonprofits, adult training providers, small businesses (less than 50 employees), post-secondary institutions, and unions. The purpose of the grant is to fund projects that support the creation and expansion of short-term training programs and support services resulting in industry-recognized credentials. The projects must serve Iowans whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic. Applications are due no later than Oct. 26, 2020 and funds must be expended by Dec. 31, 2020.
“Iowa is a leader in Registered Apprenticeship programs and by leveraging additional federal resources, we are offering new opportunities to those affected by COVID19,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The Earn and Learn grant program looks to support innovative solutions and expansive pilot projects that help Iowans acquire the necessary skills for a successful career path. We will continue to partner with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to help those who have lost their jobs or careers because of the pandemic.”
“Programs funded by these grants will provide an “earn and learn” model for participants, who can earn wages as they work toward credentials in high-demand careers,” said Director Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development. “We hope the Coronavirus Relief Fund Earn and Learn Grants will create projects to address the workforce barriers Iowans face in recovering from the pandemic and provide critical workforce support. The projects will target Iowans whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic and get them back to work in exciting new careers.”
Applicants can apply for up to $250,000 for the Coronavirus Relief Fund Earn and Learn Grant to support existing programs or develop new ones that provide training opportunities for Iowans to earn short-term credentials connected to high-demand jobs in Iowa. Funds may be used toward tuition, books, tools, work-related supplies, wrap-around supports, and no more than 10% can be utilized for administrative costs, including office supplies, personnel, or marketing. Organizations that have already received Coronavirus Relief Employer Innovation Funding or Coronavirus Relief Registered Apprenticeship Expansion Grant are not eligible to apply for the Coronavirus Relief Fund Earn and Learn Grant. As with all CARES Act funding, these grant funds must be expended by December 31, 2020.
The Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant programs support Future Ready Iowa’s goal of having 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce with education and training beyond high school by 2025. Approximately 60 percent of Iowa’s current workforce meets this education and training criteria. Visit www.FutureReadyIowa.gov for more information.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 109,238 Iowans have tested positive, up 1,062 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 910,452 tested. 28 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,576 deaths. Now 84,606 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 12.0% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 9.6%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 534 hospitalized patients.
School district statistics including positivity rates by county can be found here. According to guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Education, schools may petition to go to hybrid or online learning with less than 50 percent in-person instruction when the per county percentage positivity rates are above 15 percent in a county on average over the past 14 days (rolling average) AND 10% absenteeism among students is expected for in-person learning.
Currently 14 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:
Total Cases 8,188,585
Total Deaths 219,499
Total Cases 40,846,867
Total Deaths 1,125,752