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Release: April 5, 1999

UI offers workshop for women, minorities interested in highway construction careers

OTTUMWA, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Pre-Vocational Training Program is hosting a daylong workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at the Ottumwa Workforce Development Center for women and minorities who are interested in a career in highway construction.

The workshop, offered through the Iowa Highway Opportunity Project, is intended to inform women and minorities about the opportunities in this high-paying field that is in serious need of workers. Workshop leaders will also discuss working hours, physical labor, travel, and safety considerations involved in highway construction.

Following the workshop, participants can get job referrals and information about support for new employees, including childcare assistance, mileage reimbursement and safety equipment purchase.

The UI Pre-Vocational Training Program recently received a $59,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation to fund the Iowa Highway Opportunity Project, which also has the support of the Associated General Contractors of Iowa.

The workshop is at the Iowa Workforce Development Center in Ottumwa, 310 West Main St. For further information, contact Craig C. Pickens, project manager at (319) 335-3433. Collect calls are accepted.