Goal: Every adult has the education, training, and skills to obtain a career that can sustain a family.
5 Year SMART Target
Increase the educational attainment of Muscatine County residents with only a high school diploma or equivalent by 250 individuals, from 11,351 to 11,601 by 2025.
*Census ACS 2018 5 year estimates
The adult education and training strategy network works collaboratively to create opportunities for adults to be able to get the education and/or training they need to obtain financially stable employment.
The group identified the need to have better coordination between organizations that are providing supports to adults. To this end, the group has reformatted their meetings to serve as a solution focused social service team. The multidisciplinary team of on-theground Case Managers/Navigators/ Service coordinators is chaired by a professional with a license or master’s in social work. Agencies bring anonymous client opportunities and challenges to the meetings. Working through the process, our community is better able to educate clients and providers on who is navigating and who is providing direct care, reducing confusion on who’s doing what and costing agencies less time. The ability to have community organizations work together in one meeting will allow us to more holistically address needs and limit the need for high cost fragmented services such as jail and the emergency room while providing more dignity to the clients being served.
AIM is also a partner for the Fueling the Future project alongside Trinity Public Health, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Muscatine Community College, United Way of Muscatine, MCSA, and the City of Muscatine. Fueling the Future targets adults in lowincome families of elementary-aged children receiving weekend “backpack” food subsidies in Muscatine County and engages them in a six-week intensive “earn while you learn” upskill training. This multi-stepped pilot will provide stabilization of emergent family issues; education for the custodial adults in high demand jobs; long-term advancement of skilled workers in the community; and a stronger next-generation Iowa workforce. The program is funded by the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation, HRSA grants, and many local partners. To learn more about Fueling the Future visit fuelingthefutureiowa.org
Adult Education Strategy Network Members:
City of Muscatine
Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
Goodwill of the Heartland
Muscatine Center for Social Action
Muscatine Community College
Muscatine County Community Services
The Salvation Army
Trinity Muscatine Public Health