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CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: mary-geraghty@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

UI program wins DOT grant to support career training workshops for women and minorities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new project sponsored by the University of Iowa Pre-Vocational Training Program will allow women and minorities who are interested in a career in highway construction to take the first steps toward a higher-paying job. Funded by a $59,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Iowa Highway Opportunity Project will offer free workshops in four Iowa cities to inform women and minorities about the demands of highway construction work.

Many high-paying job opportunities are available as Iowa enters a booming construction season. The workshops will prepare women and minorities for the challenges of such labor-intensive work, such as long hours, extended travel time, and physical exertion. This training will allow participants to make informed choices about pursuing a career in highway construction.

Participants do not need to register in advance. The free workshops will be held at the Workforce Centers in the following cities on these dates:
Cedar Rapids, Thursday, May 28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Davenport, Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Des Moines, Wednesday, June 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Waterloo, Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Following the workshops, instructors will provide referrals to jobs and support for those newly employed, including childcare assistance, mileage reimbursement, and safety equipment purchase.

Anyone interested in participating in the workshops may call collect for more information. Contact: Craig Pickens, Project Manager, (319) 335-3433.

5/14/98

(Editors: Receipt of this release indicates a workshop within driving distance of your readership area.)