MEP Initiatives

An "education pathway" is a means of obtaining a high school diploma, GED, apprenticeship training, or college credit. The following is a list of initiatives that resulted from the work of the MEPB stakeholders and are currently being implemented byDMACC, Des Moines Public Schools and others.

The Central Iowa Re-engagement Center
A centralized resource and referral agency for those seeking to obtain a high school diploma or GED.

Construction Prep Alliance/YouthBuild
A 7-month training program for at-risk and dropout youths, ages 18-24, to earn a GED and receive construction training leading to pre-apprentice certification.

Gateway to College
A program designed to provide an opportunity for dropout youths ages 16-24 to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously achieving college credit.

Youth Opportunity Business Summit (YO IOWA!)
Business, education, and community leaders convened to address the need to increase awareness about the importance of business providing job shadowing and internship opportunities for high school students. The business summit also unveiled the MEPB-produced "Youth Voices" video and Blueprint for Success report.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Mary Chapman, Vice President, at 515-697-7701 or Marlana Schnell, Team Lead, at