Iowa Workforce Development Communications
For Immediate Release
Date: June 18, 2015
Contact: Ed Wallace
Iowa Workforce Development Receives $5.2 million Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant Partners with Iowa Central Community College to Assist Long-Term Unemployed Workers
Des Moines, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa Workforce Development more than $5.2 million dollars to provide long-term unemployed workers with opportunities to transition to high demand jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, and other fields.
To achieve this goal, Iowa Workforce Development will strengthen regional partnerships with business stakeholders including major healthcare and manufacturing employers, professional associations, key state agencies, institutes of higher education.
“In order to compete in today’s workforce, strategies need to be innovative and meet the workers where they are,” said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. “This grant provides us with the opportunity to expand the available services to those affected by long-term unemployment.”
"Iowa Central is pleased to partner with Iowa Workforce Development on this National Emergency Grant and looks forward to helping the region, its employers and most importantly its workers respond to the impact of the avian flu and other long-term unemployed Iowans," said Dr. Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central Community College.
The grant funds will connect workers who lost a job through no fault of their own and individuals struggling with long-term unemployment to a broad range of services, including on-the-job training; pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships. Additionally, job search assistance; and career-planning and job coaching will be available.
The grant initiative also complements the goals to build a more integrated and comprehensive workforce development system envisioned by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014.