MCC awarded grant to fund Fueling the Future project



Future Ready Iowa LogoIn partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and several other local organizations, Muscatine Community College has been awarded a grant that will help a group of Muscatine residents train for high-demand jobs.

The funding, awarded through the new Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund, will benefit the Fueling the Future pilot project. This program will provide an intensive six-week upskilling in the high-demand fields of welding and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and participants will receive welding or CNA certificates. The project will target adults in low-income families of elementary-aged children receiving weekend “backpack” food subsidies in Muscatine. Innovative wrap-around services will be provided to families participating.

The six-week certificate programs being offered through Muscatine Community College will be geared toward adult learners with a focused, intentional accelerated curriculum to reduce the potential life barriers that can get in the way of student completion. Area hiring employers will participate in paid part-time internships during the six-week sessions with commitments to hire qualified individuals upon completion. Six months of follow up is also part of the program to help ensure long-term success. Twelve individuals will participate in the initial pilot.

The project is a partnership among the foundation, Trinity Muscatine Public Health, Muscatine Community College, the city of Muscatine, Muscatine Center for Social Action, Aligned Impact Muscatine and a collective of Muscatine employers.

“The Employer Innovation Fund drives innovation in meeting the workforce challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Gov. Reynolds. “These public-private partnerships address barriers for Iowans looking to get the training they need for a life-changing career. The collaboration happening at the grassroots level serves as a catalyst for Future Ready Iowa’s continued success.”

MCC and its partners are one of 13 recipients of the matching grant designed to help employers carry out solutions to help their employees achieve postsecondary training and education. The first round of Employer Innovation Fund Grants is distributing over $400,000 in funds to employers across the state.