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Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Program

Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Program

Program Summary

The Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Program is a grant opportunity aimed at addressing the workforce needs of the health care sector. Program funding helps jumpstart a high school-based registered apprenticeship program (either new or existing) that accelerates the pathway into the health care field.  

New Funding Announced - January 11, 2023

First introduced last year, Iowa’s Health Careers pilot supported RA programs that help students pursue nursing pathways. This year’s program greatly expands opportunities for health care apprenticeships to include EMTs, RN’s, Direct Support Professionals, Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Specialists, and other critical areas.  

Governor Kim Reynolds announced during her Condition of the State address a new $15 million round of funding targeted at growing Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs across high-demand fields in health care. The expanded Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Program will support more programs that help Iowa meet the demand of its health care workforce.

Applications for this year’s Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program will be accepted on beginning on January 11. The deadline for applications will be March 9, 2023 at noon.

Resources: Health Careers Webinar

A grant webinar took place on January 27 to highlight the application process and answer questions. Here are resources from the webinar:

Webinar Recording (YouTube)

Webinar Slides (PDF)

Webinar Q & A (PDF)


Previous Awards Announced - June 28, 2022

Governor Kim Reynolds has announced the 2022 awardees for the Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Grant. 8 school districts have been awarded, with 22 total districts participating. In total, those receiving funding will support an estimated 450 apprentices in the health care sector.