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The Spencer IowaWorks office is open from  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  The phone number is (712) 262-1971.

 Two ways to file claims for unemployment insurance are available. Customers using Iowa Workforce Development computers can use the  "Intranet" application in our offices. Just tell a staff member that you have keyboarding skills and would like to enter your own claim for benefits. An "Internet" application is available on any personal computer with an Internet connection, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Virtual Access Points

Besides the regional Iowa Workforce Development office in Spencer, our region has several "Virtual Access Points" located in the ten counties throughout our region.  These access points  provide customers access to job listings, unemployment information and access to IWD web-based applications.  Customers are able to register for IWD services, search for jobs, and file for Unemployment Insurance benefits from these locations. 

For more information, contact your Spencer Iowa Workforce Development Office.

Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification Available to Employers

Iowa Workforce Development is 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, MS Access®, Lotus 1-2-3, and WordPerfect®.  It also offers general clerical tests, such a 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 call your local Iowa Workforce Development office.

Lakes Area Employers' Council meetings & seminars:

 

The Lakes Area Employers’ Council (ECI) and Kossuth County ECI will be meeting jointly in Spencer on August 20, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Campus in Spencer.  Michael Whitmore, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Department of Labor, will hold IOSHA Training for Machine Guarding and Lock Out, Tag Out Procedures.  The session will cover the following topics:

  • Machine guarding safety

  • Lock out and tag out procedures

  • Other general industry miscellaneous safety procedures

  • Question and answer time

Cost is $10 per attendee.  Registration is requested by August 15.  Call IowaWorks at 712-262-1971 x 126 or robert.becker@iwd.iowa.gov

The Lakes Area Employers’ Council (ECI) and Kossuth County ECI will be meeting jointly in Spencer on September 17, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Campus in Spencer.  Brett Stanley, Special Agent with Homeland Security and Jennifer Nelson, Management and Program Analyst with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will  cover the following topics:  

  • Proper completion of the I-9

  • Pitfalls to avoid when completing 1-9's

  • How E-Verify works

  • Where is E-Verify going

  • E-Verify benefits to employers

  • Information about the IMAGE program

  • Questions and Answers

For more information or to pre-register, call Bob Becker at (712) 262-1971 x 126 or e-mail him at Robert.Becker@iwd.iowa.gov

Kossuth County Employers' Council meetings & seminars:

The Kossuth County ECI and Iowa Lakes ECI will be meeting jointly in Spencer on August 20, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Campus in Spencer.  Michael Whitmore, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Department of Labor, will hold IOSHA Training for Machine Guarding and Lock Out, Tag Out Procedures.  The session will cover the following topics:

  • Machine guarding safety

  • Lock out and tag out procedures

  • Other general industry miscellaneous safety procedures

  • Question and answer time

Cost is $10 per attendee.  Registration is requested by August 15.  Call IowaWorks at 712-262-1971 x 126 or robert.becker@iwd.iowa.gov

The Kossuth County ECI and Lakes Area Employers’ Council (ECI) will be meeting jointly in Spencer on September 17, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Campus in Spencer.  Brett Stanley, Special Agent with Homeland Security and Jennifer Nelson, Management and Program Analyst with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will  cover the following topics:  

  • Proper completion of the I-9

  • Pitfalls to avoid when completing 1-9's

  • How E-Verify works

  • Where is E-Verify going

  • E-Verify benefits to employers

  • Information about the IMAGE program

  • Questions and Answers

All businesses and employers are invited to attend. Schedule is subject to change.   Please pre-register for all meetings with Paula Seely,  515-295-4602, or e-mail at  seelyp@mercyhealth.com

Storm Lake Employers' Council (ECI) Meetings:

The Storm Lake Employers’ Council of  Iowa will host Brett Stanley, Special Agent with Homeland Security and Jennifer Nelson, Management and Program Analyst with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This meeting will take place at 9:00 am to 11:00 am on September 17, 2014 at the Area Education Agency, 824 Flindt Drive, Storm Lake, Iowa.  Speakers will  cover the following topics:  

  • Proper completion of the I-9

  • Pitfalls to avoid when completing 1-9's

  • How E-Verify works

  • Where is E-Verify going

  • E-Verify benefits to employers

  • Information about the IMAGE program

  • Questions and Answers

There is no charge for this meeting.

For more information or to pre-register, call Shari Goertz at (712) 262-1971 x 149 or e-mail her at Shari.Goertz@iwd.iowa.gov

Upper Northwest Iowa Employers' Council (ECI) Meetings:

  • Upper Northwest Iowa Employer's Council will be meeting on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center.  Michelle Kohoutek from Avera Health Plans of Sioux Falls will give a presentation on Plan Benefit Design.  She will discuss:

  • Learn ideas and roadmaps to revamp your benefit plan designs to attract and retain your workforce beyond the basics.

  • Avoid common pitfalls with the changing landscape of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Learn ways to lower costs while giving employees better options and incentives to take control.

  • “The Essential Framework for Managers”, a four hour Dale Carnegie course is being offered on June 26, 2014 from 8:05 am to 11:55 am.  at the Sioux Center Public Library, 102 South Main Avenue, Sioux Center, IA.  Cost is $200.  Click here to register

For information about Upper Northwest Iowa Employers' Council, contact Ann Conner at (712) 262-1971 ext. 125 or e-mail her at Elizabeth.Conner@iwd.iowa.gov.

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