Project IOWA prepares participants for the real world jobs of today's economy. The training provided combines the "hard" skill training that employers require with the "soft" skill development that is needed for participants to experience long term success as employees. This training involves significant commitments of time, dedication and skill from the participants. It works when the participants graduate with the confidence, character and skills to be great employees.
The purpose of Project IOWA, Inc., (Iowa Opportunities for Workforce Advancement) is to develop a long-term, community-generated and sustained initiative to train unemployed and underemployed central Iowans with skills necessary to advance to career track, high wage jobs with full benefits. Project IOWA uses a holistic approach in training and upskilling participants by braiding together what employers are seeking and addressing the needs of employees. This braided training achieves the outcome of transforming individuals. As participates recognize and develop hard skills they are simultaneously developing confidence and character traits that make a great employee. Project IOWA involves a process that takes time, dedication and skill.
The outcome of Project IOWA is to improve workforce development efforts and impact systematic change in central Iowa through the following elements: (1) Deep, organic connection to the community of low wage workers through AMOS member congregations and community relationships; (2) Up-front job commitments for participants from select area employers in need of a skilled workforce ; (3) Extensive wrap-around service and counseling assistance for all participants through training and employment.
Project IOWA is seeking new people to join the next group of participants to learn professional trade skills, personal management skills and networking connections for your next job.
Project IOWA partners have committed to participate in developing an initiative that nurtures, promotes and trains valuable employees who seek careers in growing industries in Central Iowa. If your organization would like to partner with Project Iowa, contact 280-1502.
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What is AMOS?
AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy), is a local IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) broad-based, non-partisan, community organization comprised of 28 community institutions.
We believe that ordinary people, working together, can accomplish great things in a democracy and have a say in the destiny of their own communities.