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CTO Helps Grow Iowa Workforce

by Jeanne Wells Thill, executive director, CTO | Published September 1, 2021

Lauren Elliott
Release date: 9/1/21

Did you know donating to CTO helps Iowa’s workforce development?

In the 1990’s, 70% of Iowa high school graduates left the state after graduation. Fortunately, that has changed. Nearly 67% of Dowling Catholic graduates remain in Iowa!

In the 1990’s it was not unusual to hear that 70% of Iowa high school graduates leave the state looking for more opportunity. But that has changed! The 2020 U.S. News and World Report ranks Iowa #14 as the best state to live with opportunity, education and fiscal stability scoring high. A gift to CTO benefits the state overall to help provide tuition assistance and keep graduates local.

Keeping students in Iowa who have spent their high school years growing as leaders, engaging with the community, serving others and expanding their faith commitment is a benefit to the entire state. Employers know the direct benefit of a workforce committed to excellence for your customers.

CTO assists 36% of our total student population with tuition assistance, keeping them in our Catholic schools and keeping them in Iowa. When you donate to CTO, you are helping Iowa’s workforce development. But, you’re also helping yourself! There are incredible tax benefits to donors! You receive a 75% Iowa tax credit on every dollar you give to CTO.

For more information, contact Lauren Elliott, lelliott@dmdiocese.org

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