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Openings remain in program for women seeking skills in trades

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Openings remain in a University of Iowa program to help low-income women begin preparing for careers in the skilled trades and technical

The next session of the Pre-Vocational Training Program will begin Monday, Jan. 27 and will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 18. The program is free and funds are available to those who qualify for transportation and child care. For more information or to apply, call collect at (319) 335-0560.

The UI pre-vocational program offers low-income women a 12-week program designed to help them enter such skilled trades as construction, maintenance, repair and other non-traditional fields. The program consists of physical conditioning, safety, technical math and career development. Students also participate in work experiences in the numerous maintenance and technical shops on the UI campus.

Women who complete the pre-vocational training typically go on to trade or tech schools, enter apprenticeship programs or other entry-level employment.

A total of 176 women have completed the program since it was inaugurated in 1990. The UI program is the only one of its kind in the country associated with a university.

The program is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Technical and Vocational Education Act, the Department of Economic Development of Iowa, and the UI.