Employee Training Programs

Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training (260E)

The Industrial New Jobs Training Program provides businesses, which are expanding their Iowa workforce, with new employee training. Administered by Iowa's 15 community colleges, the program is financed through bonds sold by the colleges. Depending on wages paid, the business then diverts 1.5 or 3 percent of the Iowa state withholding taxes generated by the new positions to the community college to retire the bonds. Because of this structure, the training is available at what is essentially no cost since the bonds are retired with dollars that otherwise would have been paid to the state as withholding taxes. In addition to increasing worker productivity and company profitability, businesses participating in the Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Program may also be eligible for reimbursement up to 50 percent of the annual gross payroll costs expended for on-the-job training, as well as a corporate tax credit if Iowa employment is increased by at least 10 percent.

Eligibility (for businesses):

  • Must be located in, or relocating to Iowa.
  • Must be engaged in interstate or intrastate commerce for the purpose of manufacturing, processing, assembling products, warehousing, wholesaling, or conducting research and development.
  • Service-providing businesses must have customers outside of Iowa.
  • Cannot have closed or substantially reduced its employment base at any of its other business sites in Iowa in order to relocate substantially the same operation to another area of the state.

Eligibility (for employees):

To qualify for training services, employees:

  • Must be in newly created positions.
  • Must pay Iowa withholding tax.
  • Service-providing businesses must have customers outside of Iowa.
  • Must occupy job positions that did not exist during the six months prior to the date that the business and community college agree to pursue a training project.

To learn more:

Contact your local community college or
Phone: 515.725.3132
E-mail: workforce@iowa.gov

Apprenticeship Program (260F)

Iowa's Apprenticeship Program funds projects that increase the skills of workers through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) provides funding support for classroom and on-the-job training for workers in high-technology jobs, or jobs utilizing the most up-to-date technologies that are available in the workplace. For participating businesses, the advantages include more efficient production and greater profitability through valuable employee training.

Eligibility:

  • Jobs for which classroom and on-the-job training is received must be high-technology jobs, or jobs utilizing the most up-to-date technologies that are available in the workplace.
  • All apprenticeship projects funded through the IEDA must be approved by the federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
  • Application for this program must be made through a local community college.

To learn more:

Contact your local community college or
Phone: 515.725.3132
E-mail: workforce@iowa.gov

Community College Business Network Training (260F)

The Community College Business Network Training Program provides funding assistance for community college-sponsored employee training projects in which five or more businesses participate. The businesses may be located in two or more community college districts, with at least two community colleges sponsoring the training project. For participating businesses, the advantages include valuable employee training at a reduced - or no - cost.

Iowa's 15 community colleges work with eligible businesses to assess training needs, determine funds available and provide training. Application for this program must be made through a local community college.

Eligibility:

  • At least two community colleges must sponsor the training project.
  • All businesses must participate in the same training project.

To learn more:

Contact your local community college or
Phone: 515.725.3132
E-mail: workforce@iowa.gov

Community College Consortium (260F)

The Community College Consortium program provides funding assistance for community college-sponsored employee training projects in which two or more businesses participate. The businesses must be located in the same community college district. Iowa's 15 community colleges work with eligible businesses to assess training needs, determine funds availability and provide training. For participating businesses, the advantages include valuable employee training at a reduced - or no - cost. Application for this program must be made through a local community college.

Eligibility:

  • All participating businesses must be located within the same community college district.
  • All businesses must participate in the same training project.

To learn more:

Contact your local community college or
Phone: 515.725.3132
E-mail: workforce@iowa.gov

Iowa Jobs Training Program (260F)

The Iowa Jobs Training Program provides job training services to current employees of eligible businesses that are located in Iowa. Eligible businesses can work with their local Iowa community college, which will assess training needs, determine funds availability and provide training. For participating businesses, the advantages include valuable employee training at a reduced - or no - cost.

Eligibility (for businesses):

  • Must be located in Iowa.
  • Must be engaged in interstate or intrastate commerce for the purpose of manufacturing, processing, assembling products, warehousing, wholesaling, or conducting research and development.
  • Service-providing businesses must have customers outside of Iowa.
  • Within the 36-month period prior to the date of applying for program services, a business cannot have closed or reduced its employment base by more than 20 percent at any of its other business sites in Iowa in order to relocate substantially the same operation to another area of the state.

Eligibility (for employees):

  • Must be currently employed by the business.
  • Must pay Iowa withholding tax.

To learn more:

Contact your local community college or
Phone: 515.725.3132
E-mail: workforce@iowa.gov

Accelerated Career Education (260G)

The Accelerated Career Education (ACE) program is designed to provide businesses with an enhanced skilled workforce. This innovative program assists Iowa's community colleges to either establish or expand programs that train individuals in the occupations most needed by Iowa businesses.

The program consists of two different parts:

  1. ACE dollars to fund the necessary infrastructure construction/rehabilitation needed to increase student capacity in the new or expanded classes.
  2. Program job credits to help fund the additional program costs associated with establishing a new or expanding a current program.

To participate in ACE, businesses enter into an agreement with a community college to sponsor a portion or all of the positions created by the establishment or expansion of a current educational program. By sponsoring open positions in a program, a company agrees to consider the student for employment upon the completion of their respective training program. Businesses must assist with program design and provide a 20 percent match of the program costs, pro-rated by the percentage of positions sponsored.

Eligibility:

Eligible businesses will be engaged in interstate or intrastate commerce for the purpose of:

  • manufacturing, processing or assembling products
  • construction
  • conduct research and development
  • provide services in interstate or intrastate commerce

Businesses that enter into an agreement with an Iowa community college offset the costs of the program through tax benefits. These are contingent upon the number of program job credits a company accrues and are awarded based upon the number of seats they sponsor in a program. Credits can be up to 10 percent of the hiring wage (minimum wage being 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline for a family of two) that a sponsoring business would pay to an individual that completes the programs' requirements. Job credits are a diversion of a company's current state of Iowa personal income withholding tax and are paid to the community college over the life of an agreement, which is usually five years.

To learn more:

Contact your local community college or
Phone: 515.725.3132
E-mail: workforce@iowa.gov

Supporting Content
Why Iowa Education
Entrepreneurial Assistance
Financial Assistance and Tax Incentive Programs
Iowa's Targeted Industries
New Jobs Tax Credit
Site Location Assistance
Why Iowa Workforce