Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs

Adult Program

The adult program is designed to assist unemployed and underemployed individuals improve their skills and obtain quality employment by providing a combination of career, training, and support services.

SERVICES FOR THOSE THAT QUALIFY MAY INCLUDE

Career services cover a broad range of activities, including skill assessments, staff assisted resume preparation and job development, the development of an individual employment plan, career counseling and career planning, financial literacy, adult basic education, pre-employment training, and work experience.

Training services include occupational skills training, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training, and entrepreneurial training.

Support service payments may be provided, when necessary, to enable individual participation in career or training services. Supportive services include dependent care assistance, transportation reimbursement, and required clothing and tools for work.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

To be eligible, individuals must meet all three of the below criteria:

  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. A citizen of the United States or U.S. Territory, a U.S. permanent resident, or an alien/refugee lawfully admitted to the U.S.
  3. Registered with Selective Service if applicable (Males born after 12/31/1959)

Priority is granted for Veterans and eligible spouses and those receiving public assistance.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Register on IowaWORKS.gov, to have access to all of our online services, including career assessments, skills matching, resume and cover letter creation, and automated job searches.

Call or visit your local IowaWORKS Office to meet with a Career Planner to determine eligibility for the adult program.

For additional questions please fill out this Form and we will contact you.  (Form that is being created)

Dislocated Worker Program

The dislocated worker program is designed to help individuals re-enter the workforce as quickly as possible after becoming dislocated from employment as a result of job loss due to no fault of their own, mass layoff, global trade dynamics, or transitions in economic sectors by providing a combination of career, training, and support services.

SERVICES FOR THOSE THAT QUALIFY MAY INCLUDE

Career services cover a broad range of activities, including skill assessments, staff assisted resume preparation and job development, the development of an individual employment plan, career counseling and career planning, financial literacy, adult basic education, pre-employment training, and work experience.

Training services include occupational skills training, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training, and entrepreneurial training.

Support service payments may be provided, when necessary, to enable individual participation in career or training services.  Supportive services include dependent care assistance, transportation reimbursement, and required clothing and tools for work.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. A citizen of the United States or U.S. Territory, a U.S. permanent resident, or an alien/refugee lawfully admitted to the U.S., and
  3. Registered with Selective Service if applicable (Males born after 12/31/1959)
  4. Dislocated worker as defined by one of the below:
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      • Terminated or laid off through no fault of your own or
      • Separated Service members or
      • Displaced Homemaker or
      • Self-employed and now unemployed because of economic condition

HOW TO GET STARTED

Register on IowaWORKS.gov, to have access to all of our online services, including career assessments, skills matching, resume and cover letter creation, and automated job searches.

Call or visit your local IowaWORKS Office to meet with a Career Planner to determine eligibility for the dislocated worker program.

For additional questions please fill out this Form and we will contact you.  (Form that IT is assisting with that will go to local office email inboxes)

National dislocated worker grant program

The national dislocated worker grant program is designed to assist the state in responding to and recovering from unexpected emergencies, major disasters, or unexpected layoff events and major economic dislocations that cause large-scale job loss. National dislocated worker grants are time-limited based on the need for and availability of grants in Iowa.

Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants

Disaster recovery dislocated worker grants provide disaster-relief and humanitarian assistance employment to minimize the employment and economic impact of declared disasters and emergency situations in disaster-declared areas.

Employment Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants

Employment recovery dislocated worker grants provide career and training services to respond to mass layoffs or plant closures and industry-wide layoffs.

Services For Those That Qualify May Include

Disaster relief employment that consists of clean-up and recovery efforts to include demolition, repair, renovation, and reconstruction of damaged structures, facilities, and lands within the disaster area and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the immediate aftermath of the disaster or emergency.

Career services that cover a broad range of activities, including skill assessments, staff assisted resume preparation and job development, the development of an individual employment plan, career counseling and career planning, financial literacy, adult basic education, pre-employment training, and work experience.

Training services to include occupational skills training, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training, and entrepreneurial training.

Support service payments may be provided, when necessary, to enable individual participation in career or training services.  Supportive services include dependent care assistance, transportation reimbursement, and required clothing and tools for work.

Who can participate

To be eligible, individuals must meet one of the below criteria:

  1. Temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster or emergency
  2. Long-term unemployed for 27+ weeks
  3. Self-employed and unemployed or significantly underemployed as a consequence of the disaster or emergency
  4. Dislocated worker as defined by one of the below:
      • Terminated or laid off through no fault of your own or
      • Separated Service members or
      • Displaced Homemaker or
      • Self-employed and now unemployed because of economic conditions

How to get started

Register on IowaWORKS.gov to have access to all of our online services, including career assessments, skills matching, resume and cover letter creation, and automated job searches.

Call or visit your local IowaWORKS Office to meet with a Career Planner to determine eligibility for the national dislocated worker grant program.

For additional questions please fill out this Form and we will contact you.  (Form that IT is assisting with that will go to local office email inboxes)

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