CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
UI program wins DOT grant to support career training workshops for
women and minorities
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new project sponsored by the University of Iowa
Pre-Vocational Training Program will allow women and minorities who are
interested in a career in highway construction to take the first steps
toward a higher-paying job. Funded by a $59,000 grant from the Iowa Department
of Transportation, the Iowa Highway Opportunity Project will offer free
workshops in four Iowa cities to inform women and minorities about the
demands of highway construction work.
Many high-paying job opportunities are available as Iowa enters a booming
construction season. The workshops will prepare women and minorities for
the challenges of such labor-intensive work, such as long hours, extended
travel time, and physical exertion. This training will allow participants
to make informed choices about pursuing a career in highway construction.
Participants do not need to register in advance. The free workshops
will be held at the Workforce Centers in the following cities on these
Cedar Rapids, Thursday, May 28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Davenport, Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Des Moines, Wednesday, June 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Waterloo, Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Following the workshops, instructors will provide referrals to jobs
and support for those newly employed, including childcare assistance, mileage
reimbursement, and safety equipment purchase.
Anyone interested in participating in the workshops may call collect
for more information. Contact: Craig Pickens, Project Manager, (319) 335-3433.
(Editors: Receipt of this release indicates a workshop within driving
distance of your readership area.)