Iowa Workforce Development
JOBS, or “Promoting Independence and Self-Sufficiency through
Employment,” is Iowa’s welfare reform program. Designed to assist
Family Investment Program (FIP) recipients to become self-sufficient,
PROMISE JOBS is a participation requirement for most FIP recipients.
Participants develop an individualized Family Investment Agreement (FIA)
that outlines what steps they will take to leave public assistance. Persons who fail to participate or comply with their FIA are considered to
have chosen a Limited Benefit Plan (LBP), and lose their FIP benefits.
A number of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants,
Workplace Essentials – A workshop
that covers soft skills such as learning styles, goal setting,
emotional intelligence, problem solving, communication skills and
balancing work and family.
Job Seeking and Skills Training
– A workshop that covers proper interviewing techniques, résumés,
how to fill out a job application, and other work search information.
Job Search – Skills for
On-the-Job Training – Full
time, paid employment for persons lacking work skills, with
out-of-date skills, or demonstrated problems finding employment.
Monitored Employment –
Full-time or part-time unsubsidized employment.
Basic Education – Includes
assistance with high school completion, GED, adult basic education,
and English-as-a-Second Language.
Training – Includes assistance with academic and vocational
training, which prepares participants for a specific area of
employment. Assistance is dependent on abilities and aptitudes,
available funding, and other requirements. There is currently a
24-month funding limit on all approved post-secondary education.
Parenting Skills –
Training that helps participants become a better parent.
Family Development Services
– Help overcoming significant family barriers.
Family Planning Services –
An option for everyone referred to PROMISE JOBS. Participants can find
out how additional children can affect a family’s finances.
Entrepreneurial Training –
Training for participants interested in self-employment.
all centers provide all of the items listed above, but certain groups are
required to complete certain activities in order to maintain FIP
eligibility. Some financial assistance for transportation and childcare is
available for PROMISE JOBS participants, depending on the activity. Limited funding for car repairs, work clothing, and other approvable costs
is also available through the
(Federal Self-Sufficiency Grant) to help participants who are job ready or already
For more information on PROMISE JOBS
eligibility and participation requirements, contact the Region 11
Coordinator, or your county Department of Human
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Iowa Workforce Development Region 11