Workforce Talent

Lee County boasts 34,925 residents however businesses and industry have access to over 266,475 in  potential regional labor force

Lee County EDG recognizes workforce development is critical for any industry's success.

To assist with this Lee County EDG has developed Grow Lee, a comprehensive program that assists in the development of the local workforce starting at the elementary school level and going all the way through experienced workers.

Businesses also have the ability to take advantage of a variety of educational resources including professional development programs, associate degree options and access to bachelor degree programs from five local college and university resources.

Higher Education Opportunities Include:

Southeastern Community College Southeastern Community College has two locations for advanced education in Lee County, the South Campus is located in Keokuk. SCC provides a variety of training options including college credit courses for high school students, certificate programs, technical training, associate degree options and professional development courses. Learn More


Southeastern Community College's Center for Business (CBIZ) offers a gateway to trade related training for industry and individuals. CBIZ offers Licensure, Industrial Operations Maintenance Skills, Lean Training, Professional Certification, and Continuing Education. Learn More


Iowa State University Extension office located in Donnellson, providing research-based learning opportunities. The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) was created in 1963 to improve the quality of life in Iowa by helping businesses and their communities prosper and grow Learn More


In addition to Iowa Workforce Development - the State of Iowa agency to assist placing workers - there are local private employment companies as well as training and placement from Southeast Iowa Community College to help recruit workers.

Lee County also borders the states of Missouri and Illinois, where many workers for our industries originate, in addition to attracting local workers. 


Lee County's manufacturing sector has the highest average weekly wage, at $1,328 per week in Q1 of 2019, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

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