Early Childhood Education
Education needs to be a top priority. We need to advocate for strong local control of our community school districts. By allowing parents and teachers the ability to advocate more in our early childhood education, especially what age they start school, we are establishing a firm foundation for our children to build from. We must work together to create a strong, safe learning environment allowing our youth to focus and flourish for the future.
Trades Skill Programs
We need to have an increased emphasis on high school trade skills programs. Iowa, along with many other states are in desperate need of trade skills in our workforce. With approximately 60,000 jobs available between in the trade fields such as welding, electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers, etc, and the need is projected to increase by 9 to 14 % over the next 10 years. We need to focus our efforts on these programs as well. It will take collaboration between high schools, community colleges, and businesses/ local employers to accomplish this.