Governor Kim Reynolds today said there are nearly 750 registered apprenticeship programs in Iowa where more than 7600 people are learning new skills that will lead to a full-time job.

“We are outpacing states like Georgia and Arizona that have three times the population,” she said during a news conference in Nevada.

The state is spending $4 million this fiscal year to help businesses, trade unions and schools set up apprenticeship programs. The governor visited a John Deere dealership near Nevada which is hosting an apprenticeship program. Eighteen-year-old Kenyon O’Brien is enrolled, taking community college classes and getting hands-on training through the Van Wall dealership in Story City.

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