HealthWorks Launched to Help Job Seekers Surmount Barriers, Support Employers in Need of Skilled Workers

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United Way of Central Iowa and Central Iowa Works have joined forces to HELP INDIVIDUALS overcome barriers to employment while skilling up the next-generation of health care professionals.

The health care and social assistance sector grew 12.9 percent from 2006 to 2014, exacerbating the needs of employers to hire QUALIFIED WORKERS in the face of an evolving health care industry. The official launch of Central Iowa HealthWorks coincides with a growing need for new blood given that 40 percent of health care workers in the region will be eligible for retirement within the next five to 10 years.

HealthWorks, made possible by a four-year grant via the U.S. Department of Labor and part of the America’s Promise program, is a COLLABORATIVE effort to train and support central Iowans seeking careers in health care oriented fields. Eligible participants who are accepted into the program will receive free EDUCATION and TRAINING with flexible scheduling and coaching that’s focused on uncovering the most-suitable career path for each.

HealthWorks is fully committed to offering SUPPORTIVE SERVICES aimed at helping people overcome barriers related to transportation and childcare assistance, as examples, while offering support for job advancement or new career opportunities.

The goal is to connect participants – aged 18 or older and looking for work in Polk, Warren or Dallas Counties – with more than 15 different CAREER OPTIONS ranging from laboratory technicians to home health aids, nurses and medical assistants.

The HOPE is to help place them in jobs that lead to greater financial stability and economic prosperity.

Below is a list of trainings in which participants may be interested. For more information – including details of our valued employer, workforce development, education and training, and COMMUNITY PARTNERS – go to Those not currently working in the health care field are encouraged to apply.

HealthWorks offers training, support and assistance to individuals pursuing careers as:
-Direct Care Professionals
-Sterile Processing Technicians
-Pharmacy Technicians
-Medical Assistants
-Surgical Technicians

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