Jasper County offers a variety of workforce programs for existing businesses and those looking to locate within the county. Some of them begin at the high school level through the DMACC Jasper County Career Academy. Iowa State University Extension also offers ongoing training and programs. The most robust workforce training programs are offered by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).
Flexible job-training programs are also available for new and current employees, as is direct financial assistance for job creation and new capital investment.
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
DMACC’s Newton campus offers students the opportunity to advance their job skills or earn a certificate or diploma. Programs that prepare students for the workforce include:
- Electrical construction trades
- Court reporting
- Human services
Some courses are designed to specifically improve job skills. For example, DMACC offers online digital marketing, DMACC and Amazon Amazon Web Services (AWS) training, leadership, and job-specific training.
DMACC’s Jasper County Career Academy
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) opened the Jasper County Career Academy on its Newton Campus in 2009. The Career Academy provides high school students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit for courses taken through the program. The program was created in partnership with participating school districts in Jasper County, including; Baxter, Colfax-Mingo, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, and Prairie City Monroe. School districts outside of Jasper County are also welcome to participate in the Career Academy programs. Programs available through the Career Academy:
- Auto Collision
- Building Trades/Finish Carpentry
- Business Administration
- Certified Nurse Aide Training
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Health Occupations
- Human Services
- Teacher Academy