Link to Kirkwood Community College

The Skills Advantage program partners with community organizations in an effort to provide comprehensive workforce services.

IowaWORKS: The Skills Advantage program and IowaWORKS work hand in hand to provide a cohesive career readiness certificate program. IowaWORKS provides opportunities for developing and honing employment skills, assistance with resume writing and unemployment insurance. IowaWORKS also provides employer services, including a website for posting open positions and organization of career fairs throughout the corridor.

Economic Development Partners: The Skills Advantage program partners closely with the area economic development groups to educate employers about the National Career Readiness Certificate. Our economic development partners play a key role in identifying employers that may be interested in adapting the NCRC into their hiring practices. Our area economic development groups serve as critical partners in the field, helping our program identify opportunities for growing our certificate program. For more information about our partners please see the links listed below:

Goodwill of the Heartland: Goodwill of the Heartland provides employment services for individuals who qualify. Individuals who work with Goodwill are provided with opportunities to develop workplace skills and work one on one with a specialist to meet their employment goals.

Community-based Corrections: Our area community-based correctional programs offer individuals who are looking to re-enter the workforce the opportunity to prepare and complete the assessments for Iowa’s National Career Readiness Certificate. Individuals are also provided one-on-one advising about how to demonstrate their skills and use their certification when looking for employment opportunities. The C.O.R.E. program through the 6th Judicial District of Department of Corrections also uses the NCRC as the foundational piece of its employability program.