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Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Region 7 partners joined forces to create and operate a regional workforce development center system.  The goal of this system is to provide better customer service, choice and opportunity by integrating products and services.  

The Local Elected Officials and the Regional Workforce Investment Board have the responsibility for the oversight of the center system.

In addition to Iowa Workforce Development and Hawkeye Community College Iow@Work, the Partners include:

Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college with the addition of arts and sciences to the curriculum.  Hawkeye Community College has graduated more than 30,000 credit students since July 1, 1966. In addition, we have had more than 725,000 registrations in Continuing Education programs. The College is growing and expanding its educational programs and services to people.  Hawkeye supports and cooperates with public school districts in promoting and conducting continuing education programs, distance learning courses over the Hawkeye Telecommunications System, and other classes and programs.  Visit their web site at

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides vocational rehabilitation services.  The mission of the agency is to work for and with individuals who have disabilities to achieve their employment, independence, and economic goals.  Rehabilitation services may include:  medical and psychological assessment; technological assessment; vocational assessment; counseling and guidance; physical and/or mental restoration services that may include therapy, wheelchairs, hearing aids, etc.; special adaptive equipment or devices; training for employment; occupational tools, equipment or licenses; planning for self-employment; personal assistance; supported employment; job coaching; job placement; follow-up after placement to assist with worker and employer satisfaction.  Services may also be provided after employment to maintain the job.  Visit their web site at

Proteus is a private non-profit corporation in the job training and job placement business.  Proteus is in business to assist low income people, primarily farm workers, who want to help themselves find permanent, self-supporting jobs.  Visit their web site at

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. Through information and education, advocacy and service, we seek to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity and purpose.  Visit their web site at

The Iowa Department for the Blind is the means for persons who are blind to obtain universal accessibility and full participation as citizens in whatever roles they may choose.  To fulfill these commitments, the department functions in three main areas essential to meeting the needs of blind Iowans: vocational rehabilitation, independent living rehabilitation, and library, and information services.  The programs of the Iowa Department for the Blind are based on the belief that the real problems of blindness do not lie in the physical loss of eyesight but rather in the misconceptions about blindness held so widely by the general public and by many blind persons themselves.  Visit their web site at

Iowa Northland Regional Housing Authority offers two programs 1) Section 8:  Housing Assistance based on the household income, where the family will pay 30% (but no more than 40% - initially) of their monthly adjusted income toward rent and utilities, and 2) the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program:  a voluntary program offered to all Section 8 participants who wish to get off welfare within five years of setting up an action plan with a caseworker to identify barriers, establish goals, and set up escrow.  Check out services provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at  For the directory of  Iowa Public Housing Authorities by county click here

Job Corps provides residential, academic, vocational training, social skills, employability skills, job placement counseling and assistance, and follow-up for 12 months.  Job Corps services youth ages 16 - 24 with or without high school diploma or G.E.D. Visit their web site at . A local contact person is located in the Iowa Workforce Development office located at 3420 University Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa, or by calling 319-232-8240.

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