Future Ready

Future Ready

Read more about Iowa's College and Career Readiness descriptors

Future Ready Iowa is an initiative to build Iowa’s talent pipeline, led by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Future Ready Alliance.

Why Do We Need the Future Ready Iowa Initiative?

Education or training beyond high school has become the new minimum threshold for Americans to earn a living wage and attain middle class status. In 1973, only 28 percent of U.S. jobs required education beyond a high school diploma; by 2025, almost two out of three jobs in the nation are projected to require at least some postsecondary education or training.

Future Ready Iowa is not a brand new program but rather a collaborative approach to highlighting best practices, nurturing high-quality partnerships, and ensuring hardworking taxpayer dollars are focused on those areas that will maximize progress toward our goal.

Visit the Future Ready Iowa or the Future Ready AEA website to learn more!

Department of Education - Career & Tech Education

Great Prairie AEA RPP 15 Information

Great Prairie AEA RPP 16 Information

Iowa AEA's Core Drivers

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In order for students to be informed and engaged citizens that are able to independently navigate school, life and be successful in their chosen careers, districts can embed evidence based practices found within the five drivers.

Explore the resources below to begin developing Future Ready learners in your school!

Learner Agency

Learners will develop a sense of ownership and control of their learning by having choice, autonomy, and responsibility in their learning community.

How can we increase learner engagement?

Life Skills

Learners will develop behaviors and skills (non-academic, Universal Construct’s and SEL competencies) so they can independently navigate school, work, and life.

What behaviors and skills can help students navigate school, work, and life?

What standards and competencies are important for students to be successful?

Which frameworks can help all students navigate school, work, and life?

Successful Transitions

Learners will explore career pathways by setting goals and taking meaningful actions.

Where can I find data about student readiness and success in postsecondary?

  • EXPLORE: Iowa PREP Trendlines to see trends among graduates with postsecondary enrollment, retention, and completion.
  • EXPLORE: Iowa Student Outcomes to find information related to student success from PK-12 to postsecondary education, to gainful employment.
  • EXPLORE: Iowa School Performance Profiles to see public school performance on required measures.
  • EXPLORE: Predictors of Postsecondary Success from American Institutes for Research to find the indicators and predictors for at each grade band for success at the next level.
  • EXPLORE: Iowa IEP & CTE Dashboard to find local and state data in regards to IEP students taking CTE courses.
  • IDENTIFY: Areas of strength and opportunity by completing the Data Hunt using the tools listed above.
  • IDENTIFY: Future Ready Healthy Indicators from Redefining Ready – College, Career, Life that you can track and support to ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success.

How do I assess our current Future Ready Culture?

What does it mean to be Future Ready?

What are the transition skills students most need?

How can I embed transition skills into my classroom?

How do we communicate opportunities after graduation to help students find their pathway?

Why is the FAFSA important and how do we support students in completing it?

Explore Great Prairie AEA's Secondary Transition resources

High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs

High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs (HSRAP)
"Registered Apprenticeship (RA) opportunities can be life-changing for high school students wanting to jump-start rewarding careers while helping employers develop a skilled early talent pipeline. ...Iowans are seeing the value of this “earn and learn” model that combines education and training with a paycheck from Day One and leads to a valuable national credential." HSRAP Playbook V2.0
Students begin coursework while in high school, partner with an employer to get valuable on the job training, learn key skills in a high demand career, and complete the program with a nationally recognized credential. HSRAP create clarity on pathways to career fields, and allow students to earn while they learn and accomplish their goals.
Current High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs available in Grant Wood AEA Region:
Resources for Participating Districts
Want to learn more? Please contact Jen Boyd at Grant Wood AEA with any questions you have!

Innovation Mindset

Learners will develop habits that lead them to be creative and innovative.

What are the top needs for the future workforce?

How can we support students with the Universal Constructs?

Rigorous Academic Standards

Learners will master the academic content that enables them to engage with complex issues and ideas.

How is my core supporting Future Ready goals?

How can I embed future ready concepts into my classroom?

  • VISIT: Explore Careers developed by local Sector Boards! Take assessments to find strengths and interests, and explore careers and pathways by sector to learn about opportunities here in our region.
  • EXPLORE: Your district’s Career Information System (CIS) to find connections with your classroom instruction.
  • CONNECT: With School Counselors to learn about the counseling program and ways you can support it.

What types of careers are in high demand?

How can we provide experiences for students beyond the classroom?

Where do I find willing partners to support and connect with our programs?

  • EXPLORE: WBL Clearinghouse to connect students with employers through authentic, shared projects – without any travel!

Which industries are in most need of workers in my region?

  • EXPLORE: Occupational Projections to find detailed results about in-demand occupations by industry and region.
  • VISIT: Explore Careers developed by local Sector Boards! Take assessments to find strengths and interests, and explore careers and pathways by sector to learn about opportunities here in our region.


Important contacts

Staff Directory
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Amanda Brink

Future Ready Consultant

641-682-8591 Email Amanda Brink
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Seth Denney

Instructional Technology Specialist

641-682-8591 Email Seth Denney
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Jessica Vance

School Improvement Consultant

641-682-8591 Email Jessica Vance
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Kate Cole

Transition Coordinator

641-682-8591 Email Kate Cole
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Michelle Ryan

Transition Coordinator

641-682-8591 Email Michelle Ryan
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Jaci Jarmes

Instructional Services Coordinator

641-682-8591 Email Jaci Jarmes