Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert spoke at a press conference this morning to give updates on the Skilled Iowa Initiative, two years after it launched in June 2012. To date, more than 10,000 Iowa businesses have signed on in support of the initiative, and more than 45,000 Iowans have certified their skill sets through the National Career Readiness Certificate, which is a product of Iowa City-based ACT Inc. The program aims to close the state's skills gap by helping unemployed Iowans gain access to training opportunities and also connecting high school students to high-demand occupations. According to a 2012 Business Record story, the program aims to eventually reach 5 percent of the state's workforce, or 75,000 people, with the National Career Readiness Certificate. It also had aimed to get 7,000 Iowa businesses involved, a number that it has surpassed.