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Man reading newspaperIowa Workforce Development has developed a Business Directory listing for our business customers that allows business websites to link directly to the IWD website and in turn, give thousands of customers access and exposure to business information! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local Iowa Workforce Development Office.

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 will be meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Iowa Lakes Community College Spencer Campus from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.   Kathy Peterson will be presenting on "Personal Accountability: Become Indispensable"  This session is good for 2 hours HRCI credit with a cost of $54.00.  Please contact Iowa Lakes Community College directly for more details and please register through the college –   Complete online registration form at www.iowalakes.edu/continuing_education/registration_form_noncollege_credit_classes or call 800-252-5664 for more information.

As a result of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Learn what accountability is and what it isn’t.
  • Describe the difference between victim thinking and questioning vs. CEO thinking.  
  • Explain what it means to take ownership/responsibility by taking an “above the line” problem solving approach vs. a “below the line” emotional response.  
  • Understand the real cost of creating drama in the workplace and how to immediately increase your value as an employee.  

The Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly with SHRM for an ESGR sponsored event on May 12, 2015 at the National Guard Armory, 11 E 23rd St., Spencer Iowa.  This session will include Employer Basic Training - Leveraging Resources and People that Connect You to Military Talent.  There will be 3 HRCI credit hours.  Contact Mike Koenecke for more specific information -  mikekoenecke@AG1SOURCE.com

The Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly with the Kossuth County Employers' Council on May 20, 2015 from 1 to 3 P.M. at Spencer Municipal Utilities, 520 2nd Ave E, Spencer, Iowa.  Administrative Law Judge James Timberland will be presenting "Preparing Your Case for Unemployment".  (2 Hours HRCI credit)

The Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly with the Kossuth County Employers' Council on September 23, 2015 from 1 to 3 P.M. at Spencer Municipal Utilities, 520 2nd Ave E, Spencer, Iowa.  The topic will be "Can't We All Just Get Along?" discussing four generations in the workforce.  (2 Hours HRCI credit)

The Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly with the Kossuth County Employers' Council on October 21, 2015 from 1 to 3 P.M. at Spencer Municipal Utilities, 520 2nd Ave E, Spencer, Iowa.  The topic will be "Save Your Staff" - on minimizing staff turnover. (2 Hours HRCI credit)

The Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly with the Kossuth County Employers' Council on November 18, 2015.  This is an OSHA training.  "Machine Guarding and Fall Protection" will be held from 9 A.M. to Noon and "Fall Protection" will be held from 1 to 4 P.M.  These will be two separate half day sessions.  Each session will received 3 hours HRCI credit.

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 will be meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Algona KC Hall from 9 to 11 AM.   Kathy Peterson will be presenting on "Personal Accountability: Become Indispensable"  This session is good for 2 hours HRCI credit with a cost of $54.00.  Please contact Iowa Lakes Community College directly for more details and please register through the college –   Complete online registration form at www.iowalakes.edu/continuing_education/registration_form_noncollege_credit_classes or call 800-252-5664 for more information.

As a result of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Learn what accountability is and what it isn’t.
  • Describe the difference between victim thinking and questioning vs. CEO thinking.  
  • Explain what it means to take ownership/responsibility by taking an “above the line” problem solving approach vs. a “below the line” emotional response.  
  • Understand the real cost of creating drama in the workplace and how to immediately increase your value as an employee.  

The Kossuth County ECI and Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly with SHRM for an ESGR sponsored event on May 12, 2015 at the National Guard Armory, 11 E 23rd St., Spencer Iowa.  This session will include Employer Basic Training - Leveraging Resources and People that Connect You to Military Talent.  This will be 3 HRCI credit hours.  Contact Mike Koenecke for more specific information -  mikekoenecke@AG1SOURCE.com

The Kossuth County Employers' Council and the Lakes Area ECI will be meeting jointly with the  on May 20, 2015 from 1 to 3 P.M. at Spencer Municipal Utilities, 520 2nd Ave E, Spencer, Iowa.  Administrative Law Judge James Timberland will be presenting "Preparing Your Case for Unemployment".  (2 Hours HRCI credit)

The Kossuth County Employers' Council and the Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly on September 23, 2015 from 1 to 3 P.M. at Spencer Municipal Utilities, 520 2nd Ave E, Spencer, Iowa.  The topic will be "Can't We All Just Get Along?" discussing four generations in the workforce.  (2 Hours HRCI credit)

The Kossuth County Employers' Council and the Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly on October 21, 2015 from 1 to 3 P.M. at Spencer Municipal Utilities, 520 2nd Ave E, Spencer, Iowa.  The topic will be "Save Your Staff" - on minimizing staff turnover. (2 Hours HRCI credit)

The Kossuth County Employers' Council and the Lakes Area Employers' Council will be meeting jointly on November 18, 2015.  This is an OSHA training.  "Machine Guarding and Fall Protection" will be held from 9 A.M. to Noon and "Fall Protection" will be held from 1 to 4 P.M.  These will be two separate half day sessions.  Each session will received 3 hours HRCI credit.

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 Judge Julie Elder, Administrative Law Judge with Iowa Workforce Development.  Judge Elder has 15 years of experience as a law judge.   This meeting will take place from 10:00 am to Noon on April 29, 2015 at the Storm Lake City Hall Council Chambers, 620 Erie Street, Storm Lake, Iowa.  The following topics will be covered:  

  • Laws related to unemployment insurance

  • Learn more about the appeal process

  • What constitutes a discharge for misconduct and a quit for good cause attributable to the employer

  • 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:

The Upper Northwest Iowa Employers’ Council held a Home Base Iowa informational program at Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.  Kathy Anderson of the Iowa Economic Development Authority spoke regarding Home Base Iowa and its goal to help Iowa veterans find jobs and encourage veterans from other states to relocate to Iowa.

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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