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IowaWORKS Coordinates Successful Event for TPI Employees


January 13, 2022
More than 335 job seekers attended a two-day job fair in Newton last month, as Iowa Workforce Development and two IowaWORKS offices joined forces to help find new careers for factory workers losing their jobs at TPI Composites. The event was so successful that it sparked a follow-up event earlier this week. Work on the December... Read More

Child Care Grants Open New Options for Iowa Centers


January 13, 2022
At least 25 more children from working poor and immigrant families in Des Moines now have hope for expanded access to Barbie Adams' child care center thanks to a $240,000 grant from the state of Iowa. The money is part of $36.6 million in Child Care grants awarded earlier this week by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Iowa Workforce Development and... Read More

RCM Program Launches with Focus on Getting Iowans Back to Work


January 13, 2022
Iowans seeking unemployment benefits now can expect to receive faster and increased assistance in finding a new career, but they’ll also need to meet higher work search requirements and report their work search efforts in a new way. The changes are part Iowa Workforce Development’s new Reemployment Case Management (RCM) program, which went into... Read More

IowaWORKS Career Fairs Help Employers Find the Focused


January 13, 2022
Summer was ending, but Daniel Thorsten wasn’t quite ready to hang it up. After roughly five years working on lawnmowers at a Decorah repair shop, Thorsten had just learned he would be losing his job. The shop’s owners were planning to sell their business and retire. “I’m 62 years old, and I can’t retire yet,” Thorsten said. “I still wanted... Read More

Iowa is a Winner for one Family Seeking Life after the Army


January 13, 2022
How does a military family start planning for life outside the service? As her husband inched toward retirement from the U.S. Army, Lauren Foust knew what she wanted in a new home, and she knew how to search for it. Ultimately, she found it in Des Moines. “Iowa just checked all the boxes,” Foust said. “Des Moines has a small-town feel for a... Read More

Behind Bars, Career Planners Helped This Returning Citizen Grow


January 13, 2022
Three years after he found himself in an Iowa prison, John C. Barnes III looks back on that arrest as the shock he needed to build a better life – and he’s grateful for help from the IowaWORKS advisor who kept driving him to pursue a real career. Advisor Terry Zmolek “pushed me,” a now-free Barnes said by telephone from Kansas earlier this fall... Read More