Employment and Training
The ability to train, obtain and maintain employment is necessary for entering work force. The following agencies provide assistance to person at various phases of preparing for, obtaining or maintaining a job.
Cedar Employment Opportunities (CEO):
Provides vocational services to moderately and severely disabled adults. Focus on developing and maintaining work and social skills.
Vocational and educational programs for persons with developmental or physical disabilities.
Department of Human Services:
Web site: www.dhs.state.ia.us
Muscatine and Cedar County 563-263-9302
Louisa County 319-754-4622
Individuals with mental or physical disabilities and who do not have a county of legal settlement (thus have State Payment Status), may get assistance to obtain vocational services through a DHS adult service worker. Call the county where you are living.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation:
563-288-6094 (Muscatine) or 319-753-1671 (Burlington)
Web site: www.ivrs.iowa.gov
Eligibility is dependent on the individual having a "physical or mental impairment that constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment". Services offered include vocational evaluation, training, job placement assistance, supported employment, on-the-job training assistance, vocational counseling and guidance.
Hope Haven Development Center:
Vocational and educational services for persons with developmental disabilities. Contact Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services or county of residence for referral.
Iowa @ Work:
319-753-1671 or 1-800-642-4032 (Burlington)
Unemployed or low income Iowa residents my be eligible for vocational classroom training, on-the-job training, and job-seeking assistance.
1-800-779-2001 or 1-877-686-0032 (TTY)
Web site: www.iowacompass.org
Statewide information on any questions related to services for persons of all ages with any type of disability.
Iowa Workforce Development Center (WFDC):
Web site: www.iowaworkforce.org
Information on Iowa’s labor market, consultation on employment regulations, current employment opportunities, employment referral, & skills assessments are available.
Job Corps :
563-445-0656 or 1-800-932-2643
Web site: http://jobcorps.doleta.gov
Persons 16-24 years of age are eligible to attend this residentially-based job training and educational program located in Denison, IA and Ittumwa, IA. Solo Parent Program also available, with day care and residential for children of young parents who wish to pursue Job Corps training. There are no charges for Job Corps programs.
Muscatine Community College:
563-288-6000 or 1800-351-4669
Web site: www.eicc.edu
Transfer and vocational programs with certifications, diplomas and degrees offered. Services to those with special needs include peer tutors, study skills courses, counseling, job placement and career development programs. The Disability Services Provider (563-288-6013) may offer support for students experiencing barriers to success at MCC.
Muscatine County Community Services,
Eligible persons must have a documented disability and be either a Muscatine County resident or have funding from another county or another source.
State of Iowa Department of the Blind:
319-365-9111 or 1-888-346-9557
Web site: www.blind.state.ia.us
Must be legally blind to be eligible. Services include vocational rehabilitation, career development & planning, independent living services such as orientation & mobility.