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Release: Immediate

Workshops offered for women, minorities interested in highway construction

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Pre-Vocational Training Program is hosting a series of one-day workshops starting Feb. 16 at Iowa Workforce Development Centers for women and minorities who are interested in a career in highway construction.

The workshops, offered through the Iowa Highway Opportunity Project, are 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.

Workshops will be held at the following Iowa Workforce Development Center locations and on the following dates and times:

-Davenport: 902 W. Kimberly Road, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
-Cedar Rapids: 800 7th St. SE, Thursday, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Waterloo: 925 E. 4th St., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Mason City: 600 S. Pierce Suite 1, Thursday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Fort Dodge: 2700 First Avenue, S., Monday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
-Sioux City: 2508 Fourth St., Tuesday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
-Des Moines: 215 Keo Way Suite 100,Monday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
-Council Bluffs: 300 West Broadway Suite 13, Tuesday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Ottumwa: 310 West Main, Tuesday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For further information, contact Craig C. Pickens, project manager at (319) 335-3433. Collect calls are accepted.