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For Immediate Release

Partnership addresses community need for Direct Care Professionals by providing free job training program

April 9, 2015

Media Contact:
Jessica Brown

Employment, education and nonprofit organizations have partnered to provide the Direct Care Professionals Training Program to address the shortage of qualified direct care professionals and provide employment opportunities to unemployed or underemployed individuals. 

This pilot program is a partnership of Central Iowa Works, Des Moines Area Community College Continuing Education, Easter Seals Iowa, The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families and Iowa Employment Solutions.

Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families Marvin DeJear says, “The time was right and the appropriate partners were at the table to address an employment need for job seekers and a community need for direct care workers.”

Direct Care Professionals provide support to individuals to meet health care needs, maintain housing, manage finances, utilize transportation and learn daily living skills.

President/CEO of Easter Seals Iowa Sherri Nielsen says, “Direct Care Professionals are instrumental as they are the feet on the ground, working with clients to meet their goals every day.”

Those interested in this free, employer-driven training opportunity should contact Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher at Central Iowa Works at 515-243-2130 or soneeta@centraliowaworks.org. Intake sessions begin April 13. The course is May 18-June 12, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Easter Seals Iowa, 2920 30th Street in Des Moines.

Central Iowa Works is a workforce intermediary, a local partnership that brings together employers and workers, public and private funding streams, and relevant partners to create and implement pathways to career advancement and employment. www.centraliowaworks.org

Des Moines Area Community College Continuing Education provides a wide range of noncredit educational classes, seminars and certificates that meet the educational needs of the residents and employers of the college district. www.dmacc.edu

Easter Seals Iowa provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs, and their families, have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. www.eastersealsia.org 

The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families provides education and employment services, income and work supports and financial services to help families and individuals improve their financial position and connect them with their work and career goals. www.evelynkdaviscenter.org

Iowa Employment Solutions is a service of the State of Iowa, and is administered by Des Moines Area Community College.  The organization offers programs and services to help unemployed and underemployed Central Iowans find meaningful, rewarding work in today’s employment marketplace. www.iowaemploymentsolutions.com

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