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Promise Jobs

PROMoting Independence and Self-sufficiency through Employment, Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (PROMISE JOBS) 


PROMISE JOBS is Iowa’s TANF Employment & Training program designed to assist cash assistance recipients to become self-sufficient through participation in work-ready activities.

Program participants will develop an individualized Employment Plan outlining work ready activities in order to reach their individualized goals and reduce their dependence on welfare support systems.

Here Is How PROMISE JOBS Helps

A number of work ready activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants, including:


Aptitudes and interest inventories are used to help participants determine their best route toward meeting their individual goals.

Life Skills

Workshops covering money management, self-esteem, housing information, nutrition, parenting information, identifying personal goals, etc.

Job Seeking / Skills Training

Workshops covering interviewing techniques, résumés, completing job applications, career exploration, networking, building skills and other work search information.

Job Search / Job Coaching

Expanding and capitalizing on job search techniques in order to obtain employment with a livable wage.

Employment & Community Service Opportunities

Obtaining/retaining full/part-time employment through unsubsidized employment, subsidized employment, self-employment, work experience, and/or community service opportunities to build and expand experiences and skills.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Education, training and employment option available to job seekers wanting to earn a wage while receiving specialized training in a skilled profession.

Educational Opportunities

Includes assistance with covering the costs and supportive assistance in order to obtain their high school diploma, HiSET (formerly known as GED) certificate, adult basic education, and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) to open doors to opportunities that provide sustainable earnings.

Post-Secondary Classroom Training

Includes assistance with academic and vocational training beyond high school. We help provide training and certification to prepare participants for careers that are in high demand.

Parenting Skills

Classes that provide parents resources and techniques to adapt to demands parenting requires.

Family Development Services

Supportive services to assist with addressing and overcoming the challenges and obstacles family and work place on participants.

Family Planning Services

Classes that provide the resources to gain a better understanding on financial and social impacts of raising a family.

Promise jobs a Success Story

See how one PROMISE JOBS customer share how the program helped her reach her goals. Discovery how PROMISE JOBS can help support you.

How To Get Started

Additional information on work ready activities and services can be found at your local IOWAworks Office.

What We Offer Participants

Supportive services are offered to program participants as they prepare to become work ready individuals. Each local area has a network of community resources and supportive services.

Services For Those That Qualify May Include

  • Transportation Assistance
  • Childcare
  • Housing Assistance
  • Educational Assistance Including Tuition and Books
  • Work Related Licensing
  • Interview Assistance
  • Work Uniforms

Orientation Packet

If you are a PROMISE JOBS participant and are new to the program you can find additional information in our online Orientation Packet.

Family Development Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS)

The FaDSS program partners with PROMISE JOBS to assist families build on their strengths, make connections to local resources, identify priorities, set goals and celebrate successes. For additional information and locations visit the FaDSS site.

For more information on how to qualify for PROMISE JOBS or to apply, please visit the Iowa Department of Human Services website.

Contact Information

For general questions about PROMISE JOBS please connect with us Iowa Workforce Development Customer Service which can be reached at 1-866-239-0843, your call will be routed to your local IowaWORKS office.  You can also send an email to

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