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Written by Katherine (Kat) Neunaber   
Monday, 13 February 2012 15:20

Denison Job Corps Center To Launch February Recruitment Drive

DENISON, Iowa – The Denison Job Corps Center is recruiting its next group of new students for Carpentry, Painting, Brick Masonry, and Facilities Maintenance, to start training on Feb. 26, officials announced today.

The Job Corps program provides students with academic and career technical training, and room, board, and basic medical services while on center.  Young adults ages 16 through 24 who meet specific income requirements can enroll in the program at no cost.

“Job Corps gives these young people the chance to train in the health care or construction career field of their choice, and to earn a high school diploma or GED if they haven’t already,” Denison Center Director Steve Reitan said.  “In addition to training, students can take advantage of leadership opportunities on and off center that will also prepare them for future careers.”

Instructors and staff at Job Corps centers across the country work with students to help them achieve their personal career goals.  Students receive classroom guidance from Job Corps staff, as well as career counseling and assistance in securing and maintaining employment after graduation.

“Our instructors and staff members are well-qualified to help our students gain the skills, experience, and confidence to be successful after they graduate from the Job Corps program,” Reitan said.

Typically, students complete the construction training areas, such as those offered at the Denison center, in 8 to 12 months, gaining skills that include construction techniques, installations, protection, and restoration, as well as obtaining industry-recognized credentials.  Starting salaries for graduates of these training areas are usually around $30,000 a year.

Job Corps also offers students Advanced Career Training for no additional cost, making it possible for them to receive further training by enrolling in a vocational, technical, or community college.

For up to 21 months after graduation, a career counselor will help students gain higher education or obtain employment, and assist them in other transition activities so that they can live independently.

The Denison Job Corps Center has two residence halls and a total capacity for 300 students.  In addition to the many construction programs offered, the center provides training in several other career areas, including Clinical Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, and Pharmacy Technician.  Students may also participate in athletics, community service projects, and the Student Government Association.

About Job Corps

Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24.  Job Corps provides services to more than 60,000 young people each year at 125 centers in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  To learn more about Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or visit Job Corps online at


Teacher Job Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whitney Smith-Bringolf   
Monday, 13 February 2012 15:18
The 13th Annual Teacher Job Fair is being held Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Waterfront Conference Center from 2:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.. The Waterfront Conference Center is located at 2021 State Street in Bettendorf. The purpose of the Teacher Job Fair is
to bring school districts looking for teachers together with teachers looking for jobs.

All prospective and current teachers, counselors and administrators are invited to attend the Teacher Job Fair. This event will be
an opportunity to talk to school district representatives from Illinois and Iowa at no charge. Please bring copies of your resume.
Licensure information for Iowa/Illinois will be available.


REACT -- the President's budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:48
Monday, February 13, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley made the following comment about the President’s budget proposal.

“After he was elected, President Obama said he knew the economy couldn’t handle a tax increase.  Today, unemployment is still 8.3 percent, but the President wants to increase taxes $1.5 trillion.  An Obama tax increase would set the economy back and fuel more government spending.  It keeps America on the path of big deficits and record debt, all at the expense of the next generation.  When I asked the Federal Reserve Chairman during a budget committee hearing last week, he reiterated that the economy couldn’t handle a tax increase.  So, again, the White House is choosing its reelection campaign over any attempt to start reducing the size of government and chart a course for private-sector job creation.

”Leadership by the Senate Majority Leader is just as lacking.  Earlier this month, Senator Harry Reid said he had no intention of allowing the Senate to consider a budget this year.  The Senate hasn’t produced a budget for the last three years because Senator Reid doesn’t want senators in his caucus to have to take difficult votes, also putting politics above the responsibility that’s held by elected officials.”


Rock Island County, Jumers officials reach agreement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James E Bohnsack   
Friday, 10 February 2012 15:08
February 10, 2012

(Rock Island) Rock Island Counly officials are pleased lo announce that discussions with Jumers Casino Rock Island have resulted in an agreement that will provide revenue to the Counly of Rock Island.

County Board Chairman James E. Bohnsack, Statle Represenlolive Patrick Verschoore (D - Milan) ond State Senator Mike Jacobs (D - Moline) negociated with Casino officials over the last several months.  The exact figure to be generated will be known wilhin the nexl week to ten days.

These funds will be used to offset costs the County incurs due to the Casino.  Chairman Bohnsack expressed his appreciation to Representative Verschoore ond Senator Jocobs as well as Casino officials for diligence and assistance on this project.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Highlights Blueprint for Iowa Revitalization and Job Creation Following President Obama's State of the Union Address PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Friday, 10 February 2012 15:06

ANKENY, IA, Feb. 10, 2012 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a roundtable meeting today with local business and agricultural leaders at the Des Moines Area Community College to discuss the vision laid out in President Obama's State of the Union address that will help grow the Iowa economy. The meeting provided Secretary Vilsack with an opportunity to hear directly from Iowans on how to make sure our students and workers get the education and training they need so that we have a workforce ready to take on the jobs of today and tomorrow.

"President Obama believes this is a make or break moment for the middle class and has laid out a blueprint for an economy that is built to last—an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values," said Vilsack. "Today I had the opportunity to hear directly from Iowans on how we work together to build a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Together we will keep our nation moving forward and rebuild an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded."

Last Friday's employment report shows that private sector payrolls increased by 257,000 in January and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent. After losing more than 8 million jobs in the recession, the economy has added private sector jobs for 23 straight months, for a total of 3.7 million jobs over that period. Manufacturing jobs are coming back and the auto industry has rebounded. In the last 12 months, 2.2 million private sector jobs were added on net. To ensure we build an economy to last over the long term, we must continue this progress. In his State of the Union Address, the President announced proposals and outlined his vision for:

  • How we will bring about a new era of American manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products stamped Made in the USA;
  • A new era for American energy—an economy fueled by homegrown and alternative energy sources that will be designed and produced by American workers;
  • How we will make sure our students and workers get the education and training they need so that we have a workforce ready to take on the jobs of today and tomorrow; and
  • Return to American Values - of fairness for all, and responsibility from all.

USDA is working to support the President's efforts to promote a new era of American manufacturing by supporting rural businesses, farmers and ranchers to export products made or grown in America. USDA is also supporting the President's vision for a new era for American made renewable energy by working with scientists, farmers and entrepreneurs to help develop a nationwide biofuels economy that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the countryside.

In Iowa, USDA has provided 62 grants and loans to assist rural small and mid-sized businesses create or save 5,300 jobs over the past three years. USDA has also improved and modernized rural electric infrastructure for over 91,000 rural residents and businesses in Iowa with more than 2,636 miles of new and upgraded electric lines. Across the country, USDA has helped more than 7,435 rural families in all 99 counties buy or refinance a home. The department has provided grants and loans for water and waste water community infrastructure projects to help safeguard the health of 257,000 rural residents and create or save 1,900 jobs.

Learn more about President Obama's Blueprint for an America Built to Last here.


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