The Iowa Board of Regents has given initial approval of plans to ask lawmakers for more state resources next year as well as close several centers due to state budget cuts.

The Regents also approved a request for several center closures including five at ISU and five at UI, including the Labor Center.

The Labor Center offers continuing education programs that reach an average of 2,500 workers from more than 70 Iowa counties each year. The organization also conducts research, hosts events, and serves students as a career resource.  The Regents have said that they do not want to close the centers, but are left with no choice because of state budget cuts.  The closures have received harsh criticism from Iowans and resulted in several public forums.

The budget request and center closures will be finalized by the Regents at their board meeting in November.