Blog Posts

IWD's New Business Engagement Division: Proactive Help to Find and Connect the Pieces of Your Workforce Puzzle

September 16, 2022
If you’re an employer facing workforce challenges, Iowa Workforce Development wants to hear about it. That's why we’re hitting the road to speak with as many of you as possible. Earlier this week, IWD officially launched its new Business Engagement Division, reorganizing employees around the state to create a more efficient team for assessing... Read More

September is Workforce Development Month

September 15, 2022
September is Workforce Development Month, a time when professionals at IWD and sister agencies around the nation will be opening up their doors to remind the people we serve of all the possible ways you can get assistance in finding a new career. To celebrate, Iowa Workforce Development and its partners have put together a collection of open... Read More

IWD Veterans March in Iowa State Fair Parade

August 19, 2022
Iowa Workforce Development employees marched in celebration and commemoration of their colleagues earlier this week, when roughly two dozen military veterans who work at IWD took part in a parade commemorating Veterans Day at the Iowa State Fair.  The march was about both honoring veterans and calling attention to the variety of services... Read More

Iowa Schools Prepping Launch of Teacher / Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeships

August 22, 2022
School administrators across Iowa are finalizing interviews and administrative procedures this month as the final steps in initiating an innovative new program that’s expected to create more than 1,000 new teachers and paraeducators for Iowa classrooms.  Gov. Kim Reynolds in June awarded $45.6 million in grants that will be shared by 134... Read More

IWD Adds New Staff to Better Engage with Iowa Businesses

July 13, 2022
Iowa Workforce Development is reshaping itself to become more responsive to business needs and make it easier for Iowa employers to get the help they need with their workforce issues. Two new division administrators and a new deputy director of employment and training joined IWD in June (although Tim Goodwin won’t officially start until... Read More

New Mobile Unit to Expand the Reach of IowaWORKS

July 13, 2022
IowaWORKS career planners and job search experts soon will be hitting the road to serve Iowans in a whole new way: They’ll be bringing the office to you. Iowa Workforce Development expects to take delivery next summer of a new 32-foot-long, custom-built bus – a mobile IowaWORKS on wheels that’s expected to become a valuable tool for quickly... Read More

Grants Help Des Moines Center Overcome Obstacle to Quality Child Care

June 15, 2022
The long story of Precious Beginnings Children Center began with a need: A majority of children in some Des Moines neighborhoods were turning up for Kindergarten unprepared to start school. “We basically identified that if we were going to change the trajectory for these kids, we had to get them into child care,” said Philip Herman, pastor at... Read More

Virtual Job Club: Expert Online Advice about Resumes, Interviews, etc.

June 15, 2022
It was roughly 90 minutes into the Zoom meeting when Kyle Welter unmuted to ask for advice. “You know, the biggest issue I’m struggling with is just getting people to respond back to me,” said Welter. His recent interview for a human resources job had gone well, and the interviewer had given every indication that an offer would be coming. Then... Read More

IWD Career Planners Point Veterans to New Opportunities

May 5, 2022
Sue May understands the difference that a good helper can make. Thirty years ago, as she was leaving the U.S. Air Force, there was the helpful Veteran Service Officer in Nebraska who guided May through some hospital paperwork and started her down the path to getting a college degree. Much later, she met a Sioux City workforce advisor who helped... Read More

IowaWORKS Cedar Rapids Helping Refugees Sew Seeds for New Careers

May 5, 2022
There are two things to know about hiring refugees, explains Jamel Ajram, son of the Lebanese immigrant who created Ajram Upholstery and Fabric in Cedar Rapids in 1969. First, is the need to accommodate religion. Most of the roughly 245 Afghanistan refugees who landed in Cedar Rapids last fall are Muslim, and they therefore need short breaks... Read More