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Iowa Workforce Development
Region 11
Des Moines IowaWORKS Center

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Welcome to the Des Moines
IowaWORKS Center
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430 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1920
Telephone: (515) 281-9619 - FAX: (515) 281-9640
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Des Moines Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays

IowaWORKS services are available at your local Access Points. An up-to-date list of Access Points can be found at IowaWorks Access Points. The department has dedicated workforce professionals ready to assist from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, or by calling 866-239-0843.

We offer many fun, exciting, and free workshops centered on helping you find and keep a great job.  Topics include resumes, cover letters, money management, conflict resolution, social media, different personalities, soft skills management, and much more!  Some of the workshops even come with a certificate that can then be placed on your resume as a form of education.

Click here for a more detailed description of each workshop.

All workshops are held at the Iowa Workforce Center, located at 430 East Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50309, unless otherwise noted on the schedule.  Come visit us today for all of our workshops or just pick and choose those that interest you.  Free parking is also available on-site for your convenience.  We recommend you call and register for our workshops ahead of time at 515-281-9619, but walk-ins are always welcome.  The workshop schedule is listed below. See you soon!

IowaWORKS Central Iowa August 2014 Workshop Schedule

IowaWORKS Central Iowa September 2014 Workshop Schedule

Iowa State Fair Jobs

The Iowa State Fair is fast approaching, and if you would like a job working at the Iowa State Fair, applications for the Iowa State Fair Vendors & Concessionaires will be taken at:

IowaWORKS Central Iowa
430 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

We will be accepting applications:
July 2, 2014 through August 15, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays

For more information, visit our office or view our informational flyer (.pdf).

Monthly Job Fair

IowaWorks Central Iowa holds monthly Job Fairs at the:

Wallace Building
First Floor Auditorium
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

(Parking available at the Grand & Pennsylvania garage or other capitol complex visitor lots found at

For more information on the job fair and who is scheduled to attend, click here.

National Career Readiness Certificate

The National Career Readiness Certificate uses three foundational skill assessments to verify to employers that an individual has essential employability skills. To find out more information about the National Career Readiness Certificate and participating employers, please click on:

Iowa National Career Readiness Certificate Participating Employers

For a list of participating Region 11 employers who recommend applications attain a National Career Readiness Certificate, please click on:

Region 11 Skilled Iowa Employers (.pdf)

NCRC testing is offered throughout the week at various locations. For a list of NCRC testing sites and contact information, please click on:

NCRC Testing Sites (.pdf)

The Des Moines IowaWORKS Central Iowa offices tests for NCRC:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.,
Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Please call (515) 281-9616 or (515)281-9623 to schedule.

Conversational English

IowaWORKS Central Iowa is proud to announce a new service to residents of Iowa: “Conversational English”, Everyday English for Living in Iowa workshop.

  • The workshop is scheduled every other week from 9 AM – Noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning Monday, January 6,

  • The workshop will be held in Room 127, at the Workforce Center, 430 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309,

  • The workshop is free, and there are no textbooks to buy.  Class materials will be provided at no charge,

  • The workshop is designed for students who already have very basic English reading, writing, and speaking skills,

  • Students are welcome to join the class at any time after completing an assessment.

The assessment is a simple pencil and paper one, plus oral questions, designed to measure basic reading, writing and speaking skills. 

For more information, please read our information flier, stop in at the Workforce Center, or call (515) 281 9620 if you have any questions.

Region 11 Event Calendar

The Iowa Workforce Center and its partners are proud to introduce the:

Region 11 Event Calendar

This calendar will list workshops, job fairs and events held by the Iowa Workforce Center, it's partners and other agencies in Central Iowa.  The events listed on this calendar are all geared towards helping Iowans become more employable and have no cost to attend.

If you are an agency that is holding a workshop or event that you think would like listed on the Event Calendar, please contact Craig Immerfall at (515) 242-5027 or via e-mail at  .

Proficiency Testing

The Des Moines Iowa Workforce Development Center conducts proficiency testing for employers seeking to screen job applicants for specific positions.  If you are asked to take one,  you need to make an appointment to do so.  The tests are held daily at:

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call:
(515) 281-9679

The Des Moines Iowa Workforce Development Center includes multiple employment and training agencies. The center empowers job seekers and employers through a unique combination of automation, technology, personal services and resources.

Business Services:

  • Employer Outreach

  • Testing Services

  • Business Closings/Downsizing

  • Child Labor Work Permits

  • Required Posters List

  • Reverse Referrals
  • Tax Credits
  • Career & Employment Fairs
  • Labor Market Information
  • Veterans' Services

Job Seeker Resources

  • Job Listings
  • Proficiency Testing (Typing, 10-Key and Data Entry)
  • Various Typing Tutorial Software
  • Labor Market Information
  • Veterans' Services
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Résumé Preparation Assistance
  • Word Processing Software
  • Brochures and Pamphlets
  • Internet Access
  • Job Placement Assistance

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