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Tackling Iowa's Looming Worker Shortage

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 By Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Contact
March 19, 2007


With a major worker shortage predicted for Iowa's future, one of the state's biggest job training programs is making a new effort to help unemployed and underemployed Iowans get the skills they need. The Iowa Employment Solutions program is reaching out to non-profits and community groups to make sure job training services are getting to the people who need them the most. Executive Director Mike Wilkerson says that kind of teamwork can make sure Iowans are ready for the jobs of the future, and save taxpayers money, too.

"Reducing costs is important also reducing duplication in the system, making it easier for the customer to access services."

Wilkerson believes working with community groups will help reach Iowans who may have slipped through the cracks.

"We want to involve some of the smaller organizations that specialize in certain areas that we haven't taken advantage of in the past in serving target populations that might work with minority youth, foster youth, foster care youth in transition."

Iowa Employment Solutions is run by the Des Moines Area Community College and partly funded by Iowa Workforce Development. For more information on Iowa Employment Solutions go to www.iowaemploymentsolutions.org.

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