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IowaWORKS, Southern Hills mission is to facilitate and enhance the employability and work readiness of individuals seeking employment, and assist with employers access to a qualified workforce. Employment services can be found at any IowaWORKS Center in Iowa. At these centers, job seekers find a variety of events and workshops for preparing a résumé or interview. They can also access the largest website for open jobs that can be found in Iowa at Other services include personalized counseling, skills assessment and free access to fax machines and the Internet. We make connections between job seekers, education  and business. Referrals are made to our partner agencies when additional services are needed to help the job seeker reach their employment goals.

IowaWORKS also has information about other colleges and training programs for those who want to find other programs and resources for skills training that suits their situation. Information about schools and training programs is available at the center located at 215 N. Elm in Creston.

GAP/PACE Training Program

IowaWORKS and SWCC are partners in helping Southwest Iowans find the career that meets their needs.  IowaWORKS professional staff obtain information directly from businesses so we understand their needs for a skilled workforce.  This includes information about the types of skills that are needed to fill job openings that exist now or will be needed in the future as well as the other skills that workers need to be successful at work such as communication, teamwork, and work readiness. IowaWORKS uses this information to guide job-seekers into training programs at SWCC (or other colleges or training facilities) that will result in skill sets that will get Iowans to work.  These programs include GAP training programs that are short term and geared directly towards current job openings all across the region as well as PACE which provides supportive services that enhance the educational experience by providing assists that make the goal of education attainable when obstacles get in the way. For more information or to apply for GAP or PACE programs click on the links.

WIA Youth Program

The WIA Youth Program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act. The program is designed to increase educational opportunities, assist with the obtainment of High School Diploma and High School Equivalency, explore career options, leadership opportunities, and provide meaningful subsidized work experiences.  Youth services are provided to in-school or out-of-school youth ages 14-21.

The program offers the following services: Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling including dropout prevention strategies.  Alternative secondary school services.  Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning.  Paid and unpaid work experiences including internships and job shadowing.  Occupational skill training.  Leadership development opportunities.  Supportive services.  Adult mentoring for a duration of at least twelve months, that may occur during and after program participation.  Follow up services for not less than 12 months after program completion.  Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol counseling and referral to counseling as appropriate to meet the needs of the participant. 

An individual must be between the ages of 14-21, low income and meet at least one of following barriers to employment:  School dropout (individual is no longer attending any school and has not received a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent); Basic skills deficient (individuals that have English, writing or computing skills at or below the 8th grade level on a generally accepted standardized test; Foster child; Pregnant or parenting; Individuals with disabilities, including learning disabilities; Homeless or runaway youth; Offenders; An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an education program, or to secure and hold employment, as identified in the Regional Customer Service Plan.


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