The Iowa College Student Aid Commission is helping increase the number of skilled workers in the state through a new grant.
The Kibbie Grant, named after Senator Jack Kibbie who sponsored the bill, will grant funds to 4,400 students each year.
An additional $5 million was provided in the Education Appropriations Bill to fund the grants for Iowa students enrolled in technical or career option programs at Iowa community colleges.
Iowa Workforce Development estimates that some 50-percent of all jobs in the state require an Associate`s degree, certification, or apprenticeship training, but only 33-percent of Iowa workers are qualified.
To be eligible, a student must: be an Iowa resident, be enrolled in at least three credit hours in a qualified program of study at an Iowa community college, file the FAFSA form, and show a high level of financial need.