The Iowa Skills2Compete Coalition today urged the Iowa Legislature to maintain $10.5 million a year in funding for adult basic education, career pathway programs and industry sector partnerships and to leverage public-private partnerships to help Iowans complete adult basic education and skills training programs. The recommendations were part of the coalition's 2014 policy agenda report, which says that only 33 percent of working Iowans likely have the skills and credentials for middle-skill jobs. Iowa Skills2Compete is a coalition made up of 19 organizations, including United Ways of Iowa, Central Iowa Works, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Principal Financial Group Inc., and advocates for government support for investing in the state's workforce. To see the group's full 2014 Workforce Policy Agenda, click here.