PROJECT IOWA: Celebrating Successful First Year

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A project that helps Iowans in dead-ends jobs celebrated its first anniversary Wednesday.

The public-private partnership called Project Iowa has just hit its one year milestone, and backers say the program is helping fill the skills gap in the state.

So far, project managers say the program has trained 57 workers for manufacturing and healthcare positions and most of those trained are maintaining full-time work.

The goal for 2013 is to recruit another 90 Iowans, who will receive free training. The project helps to ensure job placement by securing upfront commitments from Iowa employers to consider program graduates for employment.

Program organizers say the governor and the senate both back a plan that would provide $100,000 in state funding.

The group lobbied the house for the same funding Wednesday afternoon.