CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
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Release: June 10, 1999
UI prevocational training program will end June 30
IOWA CITY, Iowa--The Pre-Vocational Training Program
at the University of Iowa will end June 30.
Since 1989 this unique program has offered an assortment
of programs and services to Eastern Iowa and the state that encouraged women
to explore opportunities in the skilled and technical trades. Major funding
came from competitive grants from the federal government, including the Carl
Perkins Vocational Education fund with additional support from the University
"The new state plan for use of Perkins
funding in Iowa does not include grant options to support programs to guide
women towards nontraditional occupations," says Nancy Noyer, program
director. The change prompted the university to make the difficult decision
to end the program, she says.
The University of Iowa was a leader in using its vast
maintenance system to offer women the opportunity to work alongside experienced
trade and technical workers--usually men--to gain the experience and skills
necessary to move into actual job opportunities. More than a hundred graduates
are now working as skilled or technical tradespeople or are in training to
enter skilled or technical trades. Their occupations include carpenters, electronic
technicians, drafters, electricians, bricklayers, locksmiths, facilities mechanics,
painters, and glaziers.
"Collaboration among industry, labor, community
agencies, and the UI helped create a diverse pool of qualified candidates
for employment both here at the university and in the community," Noyer
says. "Women who enter these nontraditional careers make an average $3.35
more per hour than if theyd stayed in occupations dominated by women."