Iowa’s workforce training programs have evolved from a business expansion incentive tool into a comprehensive, targeted human resource tool available to all Iowa businesses. Iowa’s industry-driven workforce development programs and services enhance Iowa’s economic well-being by increasing the skills of an already productive Iowa workforce. Iowans, with their unmatched work ethic, are acquiring skills that will increase their earning and improve the competitiveness of Iowa businesses. By leveraging training resources, filling funding gaps in human resource development initiatives, and sponsoring business consortia that address common employment training needs, the skills of Iowa’s workers are enhanced, allowing its industries to grow.

Employee Training for New or Expanding Business

The Iowa New Jobs Training Program (260E) was developed to assist businesses that are creating new positions or new jobs. If the company is expanding operations, or locating a new facility in the state, the

New Jobs Training Program can provide flexible funding to meet the wide variety of training and employee development needs for its new employees. The assistance available ranges from highly specialized educational programs to basic skill training for new positions.

Valuable Program Services

The Iowa New Jobs Training Program provides a variety of valuable services, including:

  • Basic adult education
  • Job-related instruction
  • Skill assessment
  • Training equipment, materials and supplies
  • Training services of a community college or another educational institution
  • Testing and evaluation of employees
  • Customized or general instruction at a training facility selected by the employer
  • Reimbursement of training travel costs for employees
  • College tuition, books and fees
  • Training services of a private trainer

Enhancing the Skills of Iowa’s Existing Workforce

The Iowa Jobs Training Program (260F) invests in customized training for existing employers. Each of Iowa’s community colleges aids businesses with funding. The maximum award is $25,000 for each project, provided the company offers a minimum 25 percent cash match. A business site may be approved for multiple projects — with maximum funding over three years, not to exceed $50,000 per site. Business consortiums may also apply. The training services provided may include:

  • Skill assessment
  • Adult basic education
  • Job-related counseling
  • Cost of training services for company, college or contracted trainer
  • Training-related materials, equipment, software and supplies
  • Rental of training facilities; training-related travel and meals
  • Contracted or professional services


Northwest Iowa Community College

Frank DeMilia
603 West Park Street
Sheldon, Iowa 51201
(712) 324-5061

State of Iowa Job Training Programs

Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa Workforce Development (Region #4)