Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) administers the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties.  The agency provides employment and training opportunities for low-income individuals and other special groups.  WIA offers assistance through classroom, pre-employment and on-the-job-training.  The programs offer financial incentives to businesses who participate in on-the-job training.

WIA:

  • Provides career information and placement assistance to adults and low-income youth.
  • Provides training and support assistance to low income adults and dislocated workers who have lost their jobs due to layoffs or plant closings and are unlikely to return to that business or occupation.
  • Provides a variety of services including career exploration, basic skills development, job seeking skills, occupational training and support assistance to low-income youth.  Within WIA, there are three programs: Adult, Dislocated Worker and the Youth program.                                     

Region 1 Employment and Training maintains seven offices throughout the area:

Postville
132 West Greene Street, PO Box 219
Postville, IA  52162-0219
Phone:  563-382-0457     Toll Free:  866-520-8986
FAX:  563-387-0905


Decorah
325 Winnebago Street, Suite A
Decorah, IA  52101
Phone:  563-382-0457     Toll Free:  866-520-8986
FAX:  563-387-0905


Waukon
110 Allamakee Street (located in Allamakee County Courthouse)
Waukon, IA  52172
Phone:  563-568-3048    Toll Free:  866-520-8986


Oelwein
RAMS Center
Hwy 150 South, 1400 Technology Drive
Oelwein, IA  50662

(WIA on Wednesday by appointment only)
For appointment you may call: 563-387-7492

Cresco
205 E. 2nd Street
Cresco, IA  52136
Phone:  563-547-2198


Elkader
429 High Street NE
Elkader, IA  52043
Phone:  563-245-2407


New Hampton

951 N. Linn Street, Suite 2
New Hampton, IA  50659
Phone:  641-394-4732
FAX:  641-394-6909



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Posted: Fri, April 11, 2014
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Iowa DOT crews travel our state's highways regularly, but we can't be everywhere all the time. That's where you come in. If you see a pothole on an interstate or state highway, let us know on Facebook www.facebook.com/iowadot or Twitter www.twitter.com/iowadot using the hashtag #IAFillUsIn. Be sure to provide specific location information so we can find the pothole in question. For potholes on streets or county roadways, contact the local city administrator /engineer or county engineer.
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NICC Leading Implementation of $2.7M US Department of Labor Grant to UERPC

Posted: Wed, April 9, 2014

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will be leading the implementation of a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Labor competitive grant awarded to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC),  the grant's fiscal agent and lead workforce partner. The U.S. Department of Labor grant was one of 24 awarded nationwide and the only one in Iowa.

The three-year grant supports a new Youth CareerConnect program through the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. NICC and UERPC will partner with 23 participating high schools in the Northeast Iowa Pathways to Employment project (IA-PIPE). IA-PIPE will expand the college's efforts to develop new and expand existing concurrent enrollments at regional high schools in high demand industries.

The grant and IA-PIPE will focus its high school student concurrent enrollment plan on high-demand federal H-1B designated career pathways, including finance and insurance, healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

"This grant enables NICC and our partners to greatly expand educational programs and career planning services for high school students in northeast Iowa," according to Dr. Liang Chee Wee, NICC president. "Especially rewarding about this successful grant is the coalition of partners who share a common vision of student engagement and achievement."

In addition to the schools and UERPC, NICC is partnering with East Central Intergovernmental Association, Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council, Keystone Area Education Agency, and a growing list of employers including Berry Plastics, Caterpillar, US Bank, Dubuque Data Services, Eastern Iowa Machine Company, Henderson Products, IBM, Mercy Medical Center, and Norplex-Micarta.

In the Youth CareerConnect program, participating high school juniors will select a two-year pathway, take concurrent college credit courses through NICC and participate in an array of career awareness and work-based learning opportunities, all while on course to receive their high school diplomas. Throughout the program, participants will receive career counseling and have access to wrap-around services based on their individual needs. The education and experiential opportunities that IA-PIPE offers will enable participants to graduate from high school and enter the workforce with industry credentials or begin their college education having already earned college credits. 

For more information, contact: Rachelle Howe, UERPC director, at (563) 382-6171 or rhowe@uerpc.org; or Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., NICC vice president of Business and Community Solutions, at (800) 728-2256, ext. 221 or mihm-heroldw@nicc.edu.
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UERPC March Newsletter

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Great Give Day

Posted: Wed, March 5, 2014
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and affiliate foundations in Allamakee and Clayton counties are excited to announce Great Give Day, a 24-hour, online giving event designed to recognize and support the positive work of local nonprofits in Northeast Iowa!

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, every gift made at GreatGiveDay.org between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will go directly to nonprofits and will be amplified by local and national match dollars. The goal is to help nonprofits attract new donors and build online fundraising capabilities to support long-term success.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Organizations: Nonprofit organizations throughout Northeast Iowa that hold endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) are eligible to participate in Great Give Day.

Donors: Every community member is a potential donor for Great Give Day. Individuals can make online donations to any participating nonprofit with a minimum donation of $10.

Visit the website to register your organization and complete your profile no later than April 4, 2014. And then complete, sign and return the Great Give Day Nonprofit Partner Participation Agreement found at greatgiveday.org. Engage your donors through advertising, social media and marketing.

Visit greatgiveday.org for more information.
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