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Proteus is a culturally-sensitive corporation primarily serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by responding to their needs for employment, training, education, health care and other services that promote self-sufficiency through personal and social growth.

Proteus is funded under the Department of Labor, more specifically the National Farmworker Jobs Program.  This program provides employment, training skills and services to eligible participants throughout the State of Iowa.  The services that are provided to migrant and seasonal farmworkers include English-as-a- Second-Language instruction, ABE (Adult Basic Education), GED (General Equivalency Development), High School Diploma and vocational training.  Other services include career guidance, job readiness, job-placement assistance, on- the-job training, work experience and support services.

Proteus also provides Migrant Health Services for farmworkers.

For more information and locations of main and branch offices contact Proteus.  Please call (515) 244-5694 or (800) 372-6031.  The web page address is

Types of Service: Employment and Training program funded through the Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act, Section 167, National Farmworker Jobs Program.

Program services include assessment, career counseling, job placement assistance, vocational training, English-as-a-Second Language instruction, job readiness, High School Diploma and GED.   Participants may receive other supportive services including assistance with transportation, rent, and childcare.

Eligibility requirements: Migrant and seasonal farmworkers (and dependents) who have performed farmwork in the United States or Puerto Rico are eligible if the farmwork the primary type (majority of time or money earned (51% or more) of employment during any consecutive twelve-month period within the last two years.  Also, the potential participant must be employment authorized, selective service certified if applicable, and meet low-income guidelines for the family size during the same 12-month period used to demonstrate farmwork.

Fees:  None.

Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. Hours are flexible. Proteus will go anywhere in the state to work with a client.


Central Administrative Office:
3850 Merle Hay Road, Suite 500
Des Moines, Iowa 50310-1322

Phone: (515) 271-5303
Toll-Free: (800) 372-6031
Voice: (515) 271-5306+Ext.
Fax: (515) 271-5309

Fort Dodge Satellite Office:
409 Kenyon Road
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501-5750
Phone: (515) 573-8225
Toll-Free: (800) 798-8228
Fax: (515) 573-5229

Iowa City Satellite Office:
1548 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240-4304
Phone: (319) 248-0178
Toll-Free: (800) 397-9675
Fax: (319) 248-0182

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