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.


  • 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:

132 West Greene Street, PO Box 219
Postville, IA  52162-0219
Phone:  563-387-7493     Toll Free:  866-520-8986
FAX:  563-387-0905

312 Winnebago Street
Decorah, IA  52101
Phone:  563-382-0457, ext. 412 or 563-387-7493     Toll Free:  866-520-8986
FAX:  563-387-0905

110 Allamakee Street (located in Allamakee County Courthouse)
Waukon, IA  52172
By appointment only 563-387-7493

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

205 E. 2nd Street
Cresco, IA  52136
Phone:  563-387-7492

600 Gunder Road
Elkader, IA  52043
By appointment only: 563-387-7493

New Hampton

24 North Chestnut Avenue
New Hampton, IA  50659
Phone:  563-387-7492
FAX:  641-394-6909

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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 16, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 19, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • NEICAC partners with UERPC to Open NEICAC Postville Family Service Office
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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 21, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Workforce Housing Loan Program
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  • Call to Action!
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UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Tue, August 18, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Apprenticeships
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