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Mother sitting on a bench with 2 childrenPROMISE JOBS, or “Promoting Independence and Self Sufficiency through Employment,” is Iowa’s welfare reform program. Designed to assist Family Investment Program (FIP) recipients to become self-sufficient, PROMISE JOBS is a participation requirement for most FIP recipients. Participants develop an individualized Family Investment Agreement or FIA that outlines what steps they will take to leave public assistance. Persons who fail to participate or comply with their FIA are considered to have chosen a Limited Benefit Plan (LBP) and lose their FIP benefits.

PROMISE JOBS staff are located in Marshalltown Monday through Friday and Grinnell, Iowa Falls, Eldora and Tama on a scheduled basis. 


 A number of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants, including:

  • Workplace Essentials – A workshop that covers money management, home repair, car repair, housing information, nutrition, parenting information, etc. This class is available in Marshalltown.

  • Job Seeking and Skills Training – A workshop that covers proper interviewing techniques, résumés, how to fill out a job application, and other work search information. 

  • Job Search – Skills for finding employment.

  • Monitored Employment – Full or part-time unsubsidized employment.

  • Basic Education – Includes assistance with high school completion, GED, Adult Basic Education, and English-as-a-Second Language.

  • Post-Secondary Classroom Training – Includes assistance with academic and vocational training, which prepares participants for a specific area of employment. Assistance is dependent on abilities and aptitudes, available funding, and other requirements. There is currently a 24-month funding limit on all approved post-secondary education.

  • Parenting Skills – Training that helps participants become better parents.

  • Family Development Services – Help overcoming significant family barriers.

  • Family Planning Services – An option for everyone referred to PROMISE JOBS. Participants can find out how additional children can affect a family’s finances.

  • Entrepreneurial Training – Training for participants interested in self-employment.

All centers provide all of the items listed above, and certain groups are required to complete certain activities in order to maintain FIP eligibility. Some financial assistance for transportation and childcare is available for PROMISE JOBS participants, depending on the activity. Limited funding for car repairs, work clothing, and other approvable costs is also available to help participants who are job ready or already employed.

For more information on PROMISE JOBS eligibility and participation requirements, contact the Marshalltown Workforce Center at (641) 754-1400 or (800) 284-4838.


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