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Release: April 8, 1999

Women, minorities are invited to highway construction career workshops

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Pre-Vocational Training Program is hosting workshops in Des Moines and Iowa City for women and minorities who are interested in highway construction careers.

The workshops will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the Iowa Workforce Development Center, 215 Keo Way, Suite 100 in Des Moines, and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 26 at the Iowa Workforce Development Center, 1700 S. 1st Ave., Suite 11B in Iowa City.

The workshops, offered through the Iowa Highway Opportunity Project, are 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 sessions 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.

For further information, contact Craig C. Pickens, project manager at (319) 335-3433. Collect calls are accepted.