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The ability to train, obtain and maintain employment is necessary for entering the work force. The following agencies provide assistance to persons at various phases of preparing for, obtaining and maintaining a job.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
3827 West Locust Street
Davenport, IA 52804
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The mission of the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) is to work for and with individuals who have disabilities to achieve their employment, independence and economic goals. IVRS works with persons at least 16 years of age who have a disability that limits their ability to obtain or maintain employment. Eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation Services must be determined on an individual basis. IVRS offers vocational guidance and counseling, assessment and evaluation (including community based assessment), training and education, job placement assistance and many other services. Each high school has a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor assigned.

Iowa Workforce Development Center (IowaWORKS)
(563) 445-3240
902 W. Kimberly Road
Suite 51
Davenport, IA 52806
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Employment services include skills assessment, career and job seeking skills assistance, resume development, job placement and referral. Labor market information. Unemployment insurance benefits.

Job Corps
(563) 445-0656
902 W. Kimberly Road
Suite 51
Davenport, IA 52806
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Persons 16-24 years of age are eligible to attend this residentially-based job training and educational program. Solo Parent Program also available, with day care and housing for the children of young parents who wish to pursue Job Corps training. There are no charges for Job Corps programs.

Scott Community College
General Number: (563) 441-4000
TTY: (563) 441-4075
500 Belmont Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722
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Kahl Educational Center:
(563) 336-5200
3rd & Ripley
Davenport, IA 52801

SCC Manufacturing Technology Center:
(563) 441-4360
8500 Hillandale
Davenport, IA 52806
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The WIA Youth Program at IowaWORKS:
902 W. Kimberly Road
Suite 51
Davenport, IA 52806
(563) 445-3200

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program serves youth ages 14-21. To be eligible for this program, youth must be considered low income. Youth with disabilities are only required to report individual income rather than household income. They must also have additional barriers to employment success such as low basic skills, homelessness, high school droop-out, disability, teen parent, etc.

Safer Foundation Youth Employment Program:
(563) 322-7002
1411 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-4603

For 16 to 21 year-olds who are interested in furthering their education. Safer offers a youth program that helps you study for and take your GED exam, learn basic skills needed for the workplace and select and enroll in further education and/or training. For those 18 years and over who are interested in getting a job right away, we help them find work..

ACCESS Program
(563) 441-4355 or contact AEA Transition Specialist (563) 344-6288

In conjunction with AEA and local school districts, Scott Community College offers vocational training on their campuses, to special education high school students who have unmet vocational needs. Additional ACCESS Program Info.

(563) 336-3468
326 West 3rd Street
Suite 910
Davenport, IA 52801
Web Site:

Skill assessment and career exploration, vocational classroom training and on-the-job training, job seeking assistance, and labor market information. Eligibility based on income and/or disability. Funding limitations may restrict opportunities for youth.

Handicapped Development Center
(563) 391-4834
3402 Hickory Grove Road
P.O. Box 2450
Davenport, IA 52806

Comprehensive evaluation, employee development, organizational employment, community employment, supported employment, occupational skills training (Food Services), and Personal Independence Services. Assistive devices/modifications related to training, education or employment. Other services include residential, supported and community living. Respite services are also available.

Iowa Department for the Blind
Ph: (319) 365-9111 or 1-888-346-9557
Fax: (319) 298-9369
411 3rd Street SE, Suite 700,
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1837
Web Site:

Vocational evaluation, counseling, training, and job placement for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Training in the alternative techniques of blindness, e.g. cane travel, Braille, etc. Assistive devices/modifications related to training and employment. Library of materials in alternative formats such as tapes, Braille and large print. Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides opportunities for legally blind Iowans to manage their own business such as restaurants, coffee bars, vending locations, and catering. These businesses can be found at federal, state, and county municipal and private locations throughout Iowa.

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
(563) 344-6288
729 – 21st Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722
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Provides assistance to students, families, schools and community agencies in obtaining/providing vocational experiences and other services that lead to the successful transition of students with disabilities from school to adult life.

Iowa Compass
(V) 1-800-779-2001
(TTY) 1-877-686-0032
Email for general inquiries or services questions:
Web Site:

Toll free information by telephone, or online, for Iowans of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. This information is free, confidential and comprehensive and may pertain to all types of services, supports and advocacy.They also offer a used equipment referral service and legal advocacy/representation through the Assistive Technology Legal Project. Iowa Compass serves Iowans with disabilities and their families, friends and services providers.

Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)
(319) 353-8777
1-800-1-800-779-2001 or 1-877-686-0032 (V/TTY)
Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011

IPAT provides information for individuals with disabilities in learning about, funding, and obtaining assistive technology, which means a more independent, productive life for those individuals.

Job Accomodation Network (JAN)
(V) 1-800-526-7234
(TTY) 1-877-781-9403

JAN is a free online and telephone resource center to provide employers, people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and educators with technical assistance on job accomodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Iowa's Child Labor Laws provides information on child labor and work permits in Iowa from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, has sections for teens, educators, parents, and employers. There is information on hours and job teens can work, advice for preventing workplace injuries to young people and more.

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