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A Brief History. Key Events. March 2006 - Des Moines Workforce Services Scan – Funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation: Need for systematic approach to employers Need for greater collaboration among partners Lack of system accountability. Key Events.

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key events
Key Events
  • March 2006 - Des Moines Workforce Services Scan – Funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation:
      • Need for systematic approach to employers
      • Need for greater collaboration among partners
      • Lack of system accountability
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Key Events
  • May 2006 – DMACC volunteers to provide temporary personnel and operational management
    • Fiscal oversight under separate contract
  • September 2006 – DMACC selected as Region 11 Fiscal Agent and Service Provider for WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs. ICHS chosen as Youth Provider
  • December 2006 – IWD and DMACC jointly hire Executive Director under 28E agreement
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Key Events

January 2007 – CIETC dissolved and Regional Workforce Investment Alliance (RWIA) chartered

May 2007 – First meeting of the Strategic Intermediary for Central Iowa Works

September 2007 – Central Iowa Works Sector Board Kick-off meeting.

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Key Events

December 13, 2007 – Negotiated Settlement reached with CIETC and Attorney General.

April 24, 2008 – RWIA announces intent to dissolve effective June 30, 2008.

October 1, 2008 – DOL approves State plan modification for SWIB to assume oversight of Region 11.

priorities from workforce scan
Priorities from Workforce Scan

Need for systematic approach to employers

Need for greater collaboration among partners

Lack of system accountability

mission of central iowa works
Mission of Central Iowa Works

To develop a world-class workforce system that meets the needs of both employers and workers and aligns with economic development goals.

central iowa works board
Central Iowa Works Board.

Steve Lacy, Meredith Corporation, Co-Chair

Mark Oman, Wells Fargo, Co-Chair

Doug Reichardt, Holmes Murphy

Kim Austen, Nationwide Insurance

Shannon Cofield, United Way

Tom West, Pioneer Hi-Bred International

Steve Chapman, ITA Group

Fred Buie, Keystone Electric

BJ Do, ABC Virtual Communications


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Central Iowa Works Board

Eric Crowell, Iowa Health Systems

David Vellinga, Mercy Hospital

Kent Henning, Grand View College

Nancy Sebring, Des Moines Public Schools

Maxine Kilcrease, Heartland AEA

Johnny Danos, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation

Elisabeth Buck, Iowa Workforce Development

sector boards are charged with
Sector Boards are charged with:

Labor Forecasting—Jobs/Skills/Educational Needs

Career Mapping

Supply/Demand Negotiations

Labor Exchange Identification

Best Practices—Education/Training and Employment

Monthly meetings during Year 1

career pathway maps
Career Pathway Maps
  • Identify:
    • Occupations;
    • Competencies;
    • Wages;
    • Education required.
  • Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Information Technology, Financial Services
  • In process: Healthcare, Energy, Retail Services
financial services
Financial Services
  • Allied/Nationwide
  • Bankers Trust
  • Citigroup
  • ING
  • Iowa Credit Union League
  • Marsh
  • Peoples Savings Bank
  • Principal Financial Group
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Robert Half & Associates
  • ESS Network (Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity)
  • K-12 Supt/DMPS/DMACC/Drake/Grand View/Simpson
  • IDED
central iowa works financial services career pathways map
Central Iowa Works Financial Services Career Pathways Map


Experience required Graduate Deg, Certificates

Finance, Systems Evaluation, Negotiation, Complex Negotiation and Problem Solving, Persuasion, Conflict Management, Senior Level Management Skills


Trend Analysis, Projections, Leadership Skills, Organizational Skills, Project Management, Interrelationships between/among data, Communication skills across teams

Bachelor Degree and/or experience


Basic Management Skills, Communication Skills within Teams, Analytical Skills, Problem Solving, Accounting, Basic Comparisons of Data

Associate Degree—Bachelor Deg Preferred


Written and Verbal Skills, Organizational Skills, Documentation for Compliance Purposes

Associate Degree or Equivalent Exp.

MS Office, Keyboarding, 10-Key, Customer Service, Communication, Multi-tasking


GED/ HS Diploma

Starting base salary ranges are listed and do not include benefits;

experience and education requirements are minimums.

Revised – September 2008

  • Iowa Health System
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Broadlawns Hospital
  • Iowa Heart
  • Iowa Clinic
  • Iowa Ortho
  • Wesley Community Services
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Iowa Caregivers Association
  • Neighborhood Health Initiative
  • ESS Network (ISED)
  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • DMPS/DMACC/Des Moines University/Grand View
after the maps what then

After the Maps…What Then?

Build the pool of skilled workers

Determine current labor pools—Where are you getting recruits now?

Are current applicants/new employees prepared with needed skills? Are there gaps?

Who is providing training?

Is curriculum current and complete based on review by business partners?

Are the numbers adequate to fill openings? Where are the gaps?

Are there untapped labor resources?

What services and supports may be required to prepare these individuals for employment?

Is there duplication of services and appropriate alignment of funding?

Analyze data collected

Report back on potential solutions based on data gathered

Sector Board develops action plan to address workforce gaps and issues

central iowa works achievements
Central Iowa Works Achievements
  • Awarded $550,000 by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (Casey, Gates, Hitachi and Ford Foundation).
    • Targeting Dislocated Workers, ex-offenders, unemployed and underemployed.
  • Funding Collaborative to fund innovative Workforce Solutions.
  • Congressionally Directed Appropriation of $263,000
career readiness certificate
Career Readiness Certificate
  • Iowa Workforce Development initiative
  • WorkKeys Assessments developed by ACT
  • CRC based on Applied Math, Reading for Information, Locating Information
  • Three certificate levels
    • Bronze, skills needed for 35% of jobs
    • Silver, skills needed for 65% of jobs
    • Gold, skills needed for 90% of jobs
  • Employer buy-in
integrated network
Integrated Network

RWIB: Guidance for the Workforce system and networking with Workforce and Economic Development

Technical Team: On going system coordination

Greater Des Moines Partnership: Targeting business development and incumbent worker

Funding Collaborative:

Workforce Partners: Workforce Development and coordination with RWIB Priorities; target the low skilled, unemployed, and under employed.