A Goal to Work Towards:

Sioux City College Access Network is dedicated to giving people the information they need to pursue a higher edcation. With only 30% of people living in Sioux City holding credentials higher than a high school diploma and an estimated 70% of future jobs requiring post-secondary credentials, we give people the edge they need to compete in an ever changing job market by giving them access to more information about higher education.

Purpose Statement

By 2025 70% of our workforce will need a post-secondary credential beyond a high school diploma to be competitive in our economy. As it stands, we have a workforce underprepared for the challenges of tomorrow's economy. Iowa needs more community members with post-secondary credentials in order to meet the challenges of future.
* According to recent census data, roughly 30% of our adult workforce age 25-64 hold a credential beyond high school.1 If our community rallies around a shared vision of creating a college-going culture, we will meet the 2025 challenge.

* Census data also indicate that earning a postsecondary credential leads to increased earnings potential. Iowans with a high school diploma earned an average $35,000 annual income between 2013 and 2015. The average jumps to $42,000 for an associate degree. It increases to $60,015 for a bachelor's degree. Census data also indicate that earning a postsecondary credential leads to increased earnings potential. In Sioux City, a person with a bachelor's degree has an average income $16,000 higher than someone with no more than a high school diploma.2 If we increase the number of community members with a post-secondary credential, we'll decrease poverty rates and promote a community of self-sustaining people.

1 American Community Survey data, Aggregated Attainment Rates in Sioux City
2 American Community Survey data, Median Income by Attainment Rate

Core Principles and Shared Values

By promoting all types of post secondary education, Sioux City CAN hopes to inspire community wide awareness about all the options available to people looking for an education past high school. Whether this be a four year degree, an associates degree, an apprenticeship for a career in the skilled trades, or technical school, we seek to foster a culture that celebrates and accepts any type of high education.

Since Sioux City CAN beleives that education is a life long process, they strive to help not only new high school graduates, but everyone looking to further their education, regardless of age, education level, race, gender, or ethnicity. Everyone deserves to be able to seek higher education and to pursue their dreams.

Problem and Boundary Definition

1. Enrollment in post-secondary education and training present difficulties across our community3, so we work to identify and then remove barriers to success at the start of one's post-secondary education and training.

2. Above all, our work supports Sioux City's current and potential students, but we also recognize the importance of educators, workers, and employers. We see opportunities for partnerships across our tri-state community and strive for cross-sector inclusion and support in our initiatives.

3. Enrollment rates at all levels of post-secondary education are lower among disenfranchised and disadvantaged community members.4 We therefore believe that underrepresented people and those who choose non-traditional career and educational pathways should be supported.5

4. Virtually all of Iowa's top high-demand jobs with projected growth through 2025 require training or education beyond high school. High-demand jobs are defined as those that pay at or above the statewide entry-level median hourly wage of $16 per hour (state average wage). Another way to analyze the high-demand occupations is by annual growth rate. The jobs listed by growth rate percentage on this page alone will account for 18,870 jobs.

3 Post-secondary Readiness Report, National Student Clearinghouse data support this observation.
4 Post-secondary Readiness Report
5 Iowa WORKS Occupational Projection data show high growth in healthcare, education, skilled trades, and transportation.

Shared Objectives and Measures of Success

1. To increase post-secondary enrollment Sioux City CAN will:
a. Ensure that students in all demographic areas enroll in college at levels equal to other Iowans.
b. Focus our efforts on students whose demographic status indicates lower enrollment rates.
c. Promote equitable access for all students to information, guidance, and college-ready resources.

2. To increase post-secondary awareness Sioux City CAN will:
a. Participate in and promote events for parents, adult learners, new-comers, employers that showcase our community's resources for all involved in efforts to
support and attain post-secondary education and training.
b. Use social media and an official website to spread information and cross-promote network initiatives and member organization opportunities.

Resume Matcher

Resume Matcher is a game made by Grant Alberts for Sioux City College Access Network. Play it to find out a few examples of what kind of jobs you could get with a post-secondary education!
Click here to play Resumé Matcher!

Check out some more info by reading Future Ready Iowa's "Metrics That Matter" here