CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 5, 1999
UI offers workshop for women, minorities interested
in highway construction careers
OTTUMWA, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Pre-Vocational
Training Program is hosting a daylong workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday,
April 13 at the Ottumwa Workforce Development Center for women and minorities
who are interested in a career in highway construction.
The workshop, offered through the Iowa Highway Opportunity
Project, is intended to inform women and minorities about the opportunities
in this high-paying field that is in serious need of workers. Workshop leaders
will also discuss working hours, physical labor, travel, and safety considerations
involved in highway construction.
Following the workshop, participants can get job referrals
and information about support for new employees, including childcare assistance,
mileage reimbursement and safety equipment purchase.
The UI Pre-Vocational Training Program recently received
a $59,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation to fund the Iowa
Highway Opportunity Project, which also has the support of the Associated
General Contractors of Iowa.
The workshop is at the Iowa Workforce Development Center
in Ottumwa, 310 West Main St. For further information, contact Craig C. Pickens,
project manager at (319) 335-3433. Collect calls are accepted.