DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Division of Schooling have introduced that $11.5 million in federal COVID-19 training funding will help in psychological well being assets for college students in addition to help neighborhood school profession credential packages.
As much as $8.76 million of the funds will assist pre-Ok-12 college districts present psychological well being providers and help to college students. The opposite $2.89 million will go to Iowa’s neighborhood faculties to assist these whose jobs have been impacted by the pandemic. The funding will assist individuals enroll in short-term coaching packages for high-demand job fields corresponding to manufacturing, transportation, expertise, and well being care.
“Whereas the true value of this pandemic is but unknown, we’re already conscious of the devastating psychological well being results on our younger individuals,” Reynolds stated. “Increasing psychological well being providers in our faculties is crucial to their general restoration. After we look after the entire little one, we safe higher outcomes for them and their households.”
The funding is being offered by way of the Governor’s Emergency Schooling Reduction Fund (GEER II Fund) which is part of a federal COVID-19 Act handed in December of 2020.
“These further assets will assist faculties increase providers to handle rising social-emotional-behavioral well being wants and help the general well-being of scholars affected by the pandemic. As well as, rising monetary help by way of the GAP Tuition Help Program will assist extra Iowans achieve the talents wanted for good-paying, high-demand jobs in Iowa, each at present and sooner or later.”
Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Division of Schooling
Within the fall, there was a primary spherical of GEER funding, that offered Iowa with $26.2 million. Gov. Reynolds used these funds to increase broadband entry and improve web connectivity.