About

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About us

Everyone has purpose and value.

Our program leads people on all walks of life through self-exploration to find (or rediscover) their purpose, which can lead to a fulfilling, stable career.

Whether you have a PhD or never graduated high school, our program has the power to change your life!

Since 2011, our programs have opened doors to discover self-worth, a career that offers a livable wage, and stability for individuals and/or their families.

 

Stability

Over 400 individuals have a stable income from Project Iowa

 

Partnership

PROJECT IOWA HAS 40+ BUSINESS PARTNERS WHO HIRE GRADUATES

 

Growth

Annual wages increased by $22,488.23

 
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HISTORY

The need for Project IOWA started from a series of community meetings started by AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) in 2008 to learn more about what barriers and challenges individuals faced in trying to realize the American dream in Central Iowa. The overwhelming response at these meetings was that people struggled with finding a livable wage job that enabled them to take care of their families. Yet despite this obvious need for better employment, many central Iowa businesses were facing a shortage of skilled workers to fill many positions.

Project IOWA was established in 2011 to address the skilled workforce gap that was negatively affecting both individuals and businesses in Central Iowa. The initial founding board consisted of a number of notable community leaders, including: the late David Hurd (Former CEO of Principal), Pastor Marlon Perkins, Reverend Mark Stringer, Rob Denson, Bill Cotton, Ray Lewis, Pastor Benjamin Bell, Jr., Danelda Allen, and Jan Flora. The founding board was tasked with identifying potential business partners, finding donors, and deciding what kind of training would be the best fit for the needs of the community. Initially, two training programs were started one in Manufacturing and the other in Health Science. A number of local business partners signed up to work with Project IOWA, including: John Deere, Ziegler Cat, IBEW, Kevin Krause – PHCC, Health Systems, Karl Chevrolet, Accumold, Vermeer, Mercy and Burke.

Project IOWA has continued to build partnerships with local businesses and add and adapt its training program to the needs of the community.

Meet the Staff

 
JULIE FUGENSCHUH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JULIE FUGENSCHUH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MARVA BAILEY, PROGRAM GUIDE

MARVA BAILEY, PROGRAM GUIDE

 
DELANO “ICE” MAXWELL, BUSINESS LIAISON

DELANO “ICE” MAXWELL, BUSINESS LIAISON

MARY KELLEY, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

MARY KELLEY, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

 
GABY PALACIOS, PROGRAM MANAGER

GABY PALACIOS, PROGRAM MANAGER

KIMBERLEE GREGORY, WELLNESS ALLY

KIMBERLEE GREGORY, WELLNESS ALLY

 

Board Members

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Mike kennerly

President

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Marcie Stilwell-Krcil

Board Member

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Ben Miller-Coleman

Board Member

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jovan johnson

Board Member

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Jan flora

Recording Secretary

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liz hall

Ex-Officio Member

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Mary Bontrager

Board Member

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Jeff smith

Board Member

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Jim johnson

Treasurer

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Bill thompson

Board Member

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Patrick Kelley

Board Member

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LaRae Brannan

Board Member

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jenny farrell

Board Member

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Rev. Gaddy

Board Member

Committee Members

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Chase holmes

Committee Member

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RIck levi

Committee Member

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Shilpi Singhal

Committee Member

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Amber Gustafson

Committee Member

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Ryan Jones

Committee Member

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Dylan white

Committee Member