2022 Community College Legislative Priorities
Serving students, businesses & communities through Iowa's 15 Community Colleges
Invest in Community Colleges
Iowa's Community Colleges rely on State General Aid and local property tax funding for core operations and staffing needed to sustain strong programs. We support increasing this critical funding to keep up with rising costs.
- Every $1 students invest = $6.50 in future earnings
- 50% of operating revenue comes from tuition and fees
Programs and Policies to Boost Enrollment
Nationally, Community College enrollment is down. While Iowa's numbers beat national trends, we are still seeing declines that need to be addressed. We support funding and policies to boost enrollment into the future. This includes strategies for supporting high school student exploration in post-secondary education and training options and making education accessible to everyone, in any stage of life.
- 272,827 students in credit & non-credit programs
- Minority enrollment up 23.7%
Collaboration to Meet Workforce Training Needs
Iowa's Community Colleges play a critical role in education, training and retraining for Iowa's workforce. We support policies that maintain local decision-making so that Community Colleges can continue to support their communities and business partners in meeting their needs. We also support the adequate, ongoing funding of the Iowa Skilled Workforce and Job Creation Fund and New Jobs Training programs.
- Career & Tech Programs: graduation rate 93%; placement rate 89%
- 86% of graduates stay in Iowa