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Answers to the questions that have been asked most frequently of Iowa Workforce Development staff are now available online. Questions are listed in over 20 different topics. Just click here

ECI Events Scheduled for 2013

Details, times and locations for these events can be found on our events calendar or by contacting Jon Murad at (712) 233-9030 ext 1007 or by e-mail at

Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification
Now Available to Employers

The Sioux City Workforce Development Center is now offering the Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification (OPAC) System to assist area businesses in screening job applicants. The OPAC System is a suite of PC-based tests that measure abilities in specific applications using a "live software" approach, including MS Word®, MS Excel®, MS PowerPoint and MS Outlook®. It also offers general clerical tests, such as keyboarding, 10-key, data entry, filing and proofreading. In addition, OPAC includes financial tests for bank reconciliation, deposits, petty cash, and basic math skills.
Best of all the OPAC System is provided at no charge to area businesses. If your company is interested in using the OPAC System to assess job applicant’s skills, please contact Jon Murad, Iowa Workforce Development, at (712) 233-9030 ext 1007.

New Tools for Persons with Disabilities Available in the Sioux City Resource Center

We have recently added a new computer to the Resource Center in Sioux City programmed specifically to accommodate people with disabilities. Software applications that include WYNN Wizard with Scanning, WiViK On-screen Keyboard and ZoomText, enable customers with disabilities to fully utilize services available in the Resource Center. To further enhance usability this computer features a 20 inch flat panel monitor and is on a height adjustable work surface.

WYNN Wizard with Scanning is designed to aid individuals to read and write more effectively. It provides optical character recognition (OCR) i.e. the ability to scan a printed page and convert it into electronic text. Speech synthesis enables this scanned text to be read aloud. WYNN Wizard can scan and read word processing, text files, and the Internet. Individuals may enjoy clear, natural-sounding synthetic speech while reading standard word processing files, the Internet, ASCII text files, and scanned pages saved to disk.

WiVik On-screen Keyboard provides access for individuals who are unable to use a standard computer keyboard. All on-screen (virtual keyboard) keys work just as they would if you were typing on a standard computer keyboard. Select a key and WiViK sends it to a word processor, e-mail message, web page or other text-based application you may be using. Keyboards can contain any characters you want, and keys can be moved anywhere on the screen and can be any size.

Zoom Text enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the screen. Features included complete screen reading, automatic document reading, full internet accessibility, text navigation, and typing and mouse echo.

Employers’ Council

The Siouxland Employers’ Council – a group of employers who work in partnership with IWD to meet the workforce needs of employers – holds monthly lunch meetings in Sioux City. Click here for more information about ECI, or call Jon Murad at (712) 233-9030 ext 1007.  Check out the events calendar for future meeting dates, times and locations.

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You may download, print and enter the requested information on this forms prior to visiting your nearest Iowa Workforce Development Center.

  • Employment Application (PDF) - If a job listing posted with Iowa Workforce Development requires completion of a "generic" job application, complete this employment application and send it to your nearest Workforce Development Center. Be sure to indicate both the employer name and job order number.

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