Central Iowa Works gets $300,000 grant
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has awarded Central Iowa Works a three-year, $300,000 grant to support efforts in Greater Des Moines to expand opportunities in the retail sector. Greater Des Moines is one of three metro areas, along with Baltimore and Seattle, to receive the grants, which were made possible by a grant to the National Fund by Walmart Stores Inc.
The grants will be given in $100,000 increments each year for three years to each organization to support their efforts to work with employers, educators and community leaders to expand opportunities in retail and adjacent sectors. The programs will offer additional training to workers, building career pathways and incorporating business strategies that help employees advance into higher positions with an ultimate goal of making a positive impact on regional retail economies, according to the National Fund.
“This project is a tremendous opportunity to help employers improve the quality of their jobs as well as their competitiveness by helping workers advance on a career pathway,” said Fred Dedrick, president and CEO of the National Fund. “By partnering with communities, educators and retailers, we can make retail an even better industry to start or grow a career.”