What we do

Central Iowa Works is a workforce intermediary, convening partners to build solutions that help businesses, families, and our community thrive. Our programs connect employers with talented workers in jobs that provide career growth and financial stability. Key initiatives include: 

Central Iowa HealthWorks

Working with employers, educators, and nonprofits to connect under-represented populations to careers in health care.

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Helping people returning from prison gain employment and establish themselves in our community to prevent future crimes. 
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Get Involved

We are always working on new solutions to maximize talent in central Iowa's workforce. We want to work with you!


Work with us to attract talented employees and improve your company’s performance.

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Job Seekers

For job or training options, please call
2-1-1 for local services that can help you. 

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Job Developers

Help us increase job and education opportunities for central Iowans.

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A United Way Initiative

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Central Iowa Works is a United Way of Central Iowa initiative. If you would like to support this work, please make a donation to United Way of Central Iowa's general fund. You can also find volunteer opportunities at www.unitedwaydm.org.  

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Central Iowa Works has received the following national awards for its work: 

  • Common Good award from United Way Worldwide (2015)
  • National Skills Coalition State of Action award for developing and passing workforce policy issues at the state level (2014)
  • Investor Committee Award for Exemplary Effort to Accomplish Systems Change for efforts to drive system changes through improvements in public policy and employer practices that result in more responsive and effective workforce systems (2014)

  • Vice Chairman’s Award of Exemplary Workforce Partnership presented by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for its work in the Financial Services sector. (2011)

Key Partners

Central Iowa Works is one of 33 regional collaboratives of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.   

 National Fund for Workforce Solutions


Our work is supported by many partners in business, government, higher education, and the community including: 

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines 
National Skills Coalition
U.S. Department of Labor

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