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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 September 2014 Workshop Schedule

IowaWORKS Central Iowa October 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.

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