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IWD discusses ways to increase Iowans work skills

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Members of Cherokee's government, businesses, and educational institutions were invited to the Cherokee Work Force Development office in Cherokee Monday to meet with Iowa Workforce Development Director Elisabeth Buck and Deputy Director Joe Walsh. Some of the topics discussed at the meeting were ways to increase Iowans' work skills, unemployment numbers, modernization, and several other topics. Photo by Mike Leckband
Iowa Workforce Development Director Elisabeth Buck and Deputy Director Joe Walsh, along with Regional Manager Diane Nerie, visited the Cherokee office on Monday.

They discussed Iowa's state and county unemployment numbers, stimulus fund, UI Modernization, Misclassification, and other topics of interest.

"With all the programs and services available right now for Iowans, there has never been a better time to increase your education and work skills," said Buck.

"Iowans who find themselves unemployed during this current recession should explore their opportunities to upgrade their skill level and meet with financial aid officers and community colleges, universities or other training providers. They may qualify for Pell Grant or other financial aid packages."

Even though the downturn in the economy has reduced Iowa's potential workforce shortage, a numbers of jobs are still available, including the growing fields of healthcare and renewable energy, which require advanced training.

"It's important that we work to provide Iowans with the necessary skills to meet the needs of Iowa's employers," responded Buck.

Iowa Workforce Development provides resources for all Iowans regarding their employment needs. They can visit one of 55 field offices across the state for personalized job search assistance; attend Iowa Advantage classes for increasing job search skills and interviewing techniques; and utilize the Resources Center to develop resumes and search for jobs. The state jobs database is available at IowaJobs.org.

This self-directed job search system allows the job seeker to view over 13,000 current job openings listed with Iowa Workforce Development all across the state. The user-friendly system allows jobseekers to register for work and search by keyword, location and more.

For more information, visit www.iowaworkforce.org or 225-5739.

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