Where Do I Go to Find Out More?
IowaWORKS is the One-Stop for employment services in Region 9, which includes Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, and Scott Counties. IowaWORKS houses services provided by Iowa Workforce Development and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges including the former Iow@Work Workforce Investment Act Program. The one-stop office was developed in 2013 in order to provide job seekers with a wide range of services and supports in one location.
- What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?
- What WIA Services are Available for Businesses?
- What WIA Services are Available for Job Seekers?
- The WIA Adult Program
- The WIA Dislocated Worker Program
- The WIA Youth Program
- To Find Out More…
- What Services Are Available at the IowaWORKS office?
What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA ) is a federal program that funds skill development and training for eligible individuals. The program’s focus is on skilled employment. WIA is not a grant or financial aid, and it is not an entitlement program. In order to receive intensive and training services through WIA , you must be eligible for one of our programs, and you must be selected based on several criteria. Training programs must be on the Approved Provider list for the state of Iowa.
What WIA Services are Available for Businesses?
In addition to providing services for job seekers, IowaWORKS provides services to businesses in our communities in order to meet ever-changing workforce needs and to assist with hiring and employment services such as:
- Assistance with hiring processes
- Candidate screening
- Interview assistance
- Coordination with local media
- On-site recruitment and interviews
- Coordination of job fairs for new and expanding companies
- Labor market information
- Referral of skilled candidates
- National Career Readiness Certification testing
- Customized training for eligible individuals
- Work Experience and Internship opportunities
What WIA Services are Available for Job Seekers?
WIA offers a wide array of services. Items marked (*) are available only to eligible participants who are selected for enrollment in intensive and training services.
- Career Planning
- Career Counseling
- Job Search Assistance
- Assessment of Skills and Interests
- Labor Market Information
- Job Search Workshops
- Resource Room for Job Search
- Short Term Training*
- Assistance with Transportation, Child Care, and other Support Service Needs*
- Case Management and On-going Support*
- Work Experience*
- On-the-Job Training*
- Financial Assistance for Career Training Programs*
The WIA Adult Program
To be eligible for the Adult Program, you must be 18 years of age or older, be registered with the Selective Service (if applicable), be a citizen of the US, a lawfully admitted resident alien, a lawfully admitted refugee or parolee or an individual authorized by the Attorney General to work in the U.S., an Iowa resident, and you must be considered low income. If you are eligible for food stamps, you meet the financial requirement without additional documentation.
The WIA Dislocated Worker Program
The Dislocated Worker Program serves individuals who are unemployed due to a business closing or lay-off. To be eligible for the Dislocated Worker Program, you must be registered with the Selective Service (if applicable), be a citizen of the U.S., lawfully admitted resident alien, a lawfully admitted refugee or parolee or an individual authorized by the Attorney General to work in the U.S. In addition, you must have been terminated or laid off from employment AND eligible for, receiving, or exhausted unemployment benefits, AND unlikely to return to your previous industry or occupation.
The WIA Youth Program
The Youth Program serves youth ages 14 to 21. To be eligible for this program, youth must be considered low income. Youth with disabilities are only required to report individual income rather than household income. They must also have additional barriers to employment success such as low basic skills, homelessness, high school drop-out, disability, teen parent, etc.
To Find Out More…
If it appears you are eligible for one of our programs, we will provide an application to get you started. Once you have completed the application, a counselor will contact you.
Because IowaWORKS is responsible for ensuring that our funds are working to improve our local workforce, we do require several steps to ensure that our program is a good fit for you. If you are enrolled, you will be assigned to a counselor who will work with you to help you achieve your employment goals. This will involve on-going contact until you complete training and achieve employment in your field.
If you are not eligible for WIA enrollment, give us a call to see what other resources are available to assist you in pursuing your career.
For more information or to request an application, call 563-445-3200 X43340 or visit one of our offices listed below.
What Services Are Available at the IowaWORKS office?
At IowaWORKS, it is our job to provide you with the resources you need to get a job. We offer a wide range of services to meet your individual job search needs including:
- Pre-Employment Training
Each month, IowaWORKS offers pre-employment training workshops on a variety of topics. These workshops are free and open to all job seekers. Topics include job search assistance, computer training, customer service, and much more. For more information, stop by any IowaWORKS office and ask for a workshop schedule. To find out about workshops and register, stop by an IowaWORKS office or call 563.445.3200 X43310. Pre-registration is required.
- National Career Readiness (NCRC)
Register to take the NCRC test. See if you qualify for a certificate that tells employers about your work-related skills. Many employers are requesting NCRC from applicants. Free for Iowa residents and veterans. NCRC testing offered in all Region 9 counties every month. To register, call 563.445.3200, X 43310. Pre-registration is required.
- Resource Assistance
Need help with a resume, on-line job applications, or interview preparation? Need to write a cover letter or thank you? Maybe you just need a few tips or someone to proof your resume. Stop in and check out the IowaWORKS Skills Lab. Staff is on-hand to assist job seekers.