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Behind the Scenes at Anamosa State Penitentiary

Looking for skilled workers? Inmates at the Anamosa State Penitentiary are getting upskilled in various industries as we speak. They recently had a chance to share their skills with employers at the Anamosa Employer and Reentry Roundtable event. Here is a glimpse behind the scenes as they train to return to the workforce.

January Webinar 2020: Hiring Returning Citizens

Learn how hiring Iowan's returning from Iowa's correctional facilities can help build your workforce, and how returning citizens are equipped with the skills they need to become a valuable member of your team.

Iowa Business Giving Second Chance to Returning Citizen

One of the first things returning citizens must do after being released from Iowa's correctional system is find steady work; that can be a challenge given their background. Midland Concrete Products was having a hard time keeping staff long-term, so they decided to hire Chris McGowan. McGowan is a returning citizen eager for a second chance. The two found each other to be a perfect match. McGowan got his chance to start over, and Midland Concrete Products now has a dedicated new employee.

How Returning Citizens Can Help Your Workforce.

With low unemployment, some companies are having a hard time filling positions. Often times, one talent pool that gets over looked are returning citizens. At the Employer Roundtable at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City, the Iowa Department of Corrections and Iowa Workforce Development show how we help those who are incarcerated get the skills they need to build a career and a have a fresh start when they return to society.

This is how Dawn found her dream job.

Losing a job is tough, especially after over two decades on the job. That's what happened to Dawn, but that wasn't the end of her story. Thanks to the help of IowaWORKS Dubuque, she not only landed on her feet, but landed her dream job.

How IowaWORKS for you!

These are just some of the services that your local IowaWORKS centers are happy to provide.

What Are Future Ready Iowa Employer Summits?

What kinds of things will employers be able to learn about when they attend one of Iowa Workforce Development's Future Ready Iowa Summits?

Home Base Iowa Connects Veterans and Employers

Veterans returning home should have an easy time finding a career in civilian life. Home Base Iowa's mission is to help connect veterans with employers who can really use them in the workforce. 

Celebrating Iowans During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Scott's life changed forever after an accident at his home. He's not letting it stop him from continuing the business he created and the career he loves.

Don't Focus on Disability, Focus on Ability

Len Jentz, an operating partner at the Waverly Pizza Ranch, makes it a point to hire disabled Iowans.  Employers can add to their workforce by hiring from this pool of often overlooked individuals, and land wonderful employees like Jen.