SCC Press Release


WEST BURLINGTON, IA – The Workforce Center’s Workforce Investment Act, WIA, has secured funding to administer a summer youth employment training program in the Great River Region. Residents of Des Moines, Henry, Lee, and Louisa counties will be eligible to participate. The program will be funded by the region’s share of Iowa Workforce Investment Act’s state-wide $4.4 million summer youth program.

The program will run May through August and will serve youth ages 14 to 24. Youth will be paired with area non-profit organizations and private businesses.

WIA Assistant Director Cindy Hardin says the Summer youth work programs are meant to get young people on the right path by developing good work habits. WIA helps them find a job where they can build a good track record of employment and responsibility.

Program participants will be placed at a variety of non-profits and private businesses throughout the region. Current students may also be placed in jobs as paid interns where they can learn skills training in one of six identified career paths, including: Business and Technology, Agriculture, Health Occupations, Family and Human Services, Science, Construction. Most positions will be temporary but some could lead to longer-term employment after the summer program ends.

“Federal Recovery Act funds will allow us to reach more youth. With the state of the economy and high unemployment rate in our corner of the state, anything we can do to help get income into their households is a good thing,” says Hardin.

Applications are available at Iowa Workforce Centers in Burlington, Fort Madison, Keokuk, and Mount Pleasant, area high schools, and all SCC campuses and centers. The program will last six to eight weeks, up to 40 hours per week. Placement will be based on the interest and skill level of the participant. Hourly wages range from $7.50 to $10.00 per hour. Participants must meet eligibility requirements. Eligibility will be determined at each applicant’s first meeting with a program staff member.

For more information, contact Debbie Dowell at: (319) 753-1671, ext. 233 or via email at:




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