UNI's Opportunity Works Hosts Forum for Local Employers
Opportunity Works’ Career Ladders Initiative is sponsoring an Opportunities and Actions Forum from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, in the Philanthropy Center of U.S. Bank, 425 Cedar St., Waterloo.
The forum will address The Federal Bonding Program and other incentives to add value to the workplace, as well as the Cedar Valley’s business and workforce needs. Elizabeth Cox, of Iowa Workforce Development, will be the featured presenter. The forum is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. RSVP by contacting Danita Gadson, Opportunity Works business liaison, at (319) 235-0313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A complimentary lunch will be provided.
Opportunity Works’ Career Ladders Initiative is a workforce enhancement effort that provides disadvantaged individuals with a career path that leads directly to higher wages. Individuals receive job placement assistance, career counseling and skills development, enabling them to become and remain stable employees. Employers who participate in the Career Ladders Initiative benefit from increased labor-force productivity and better-skilled workers.
The Opportunities and Actions Forum is hosted in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services, Iowans for Social and Economic Development Ventures, Iowa Workforce Development, Hawkeye Community College, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, the Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Northeast Iowa, Waterloo Public Library and Operation Threshold.
Opportunity Works, housed within UNI’s Business and Community Services division, is a grassroots movement to reduce poverty in the Cedar Valley. It strives to facilitate the creation of a community where poverty is infrequent and to link disadvantaged people with businesses, community members and organizations that can help. Opportunity Works is a project of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in partnership with UNI’s Business and Community Services division.
Posted on 14-Nov-07