United Way of Story County - in collaboration with many other partners – received a Coronavirus Relief Employer Innovation Grant from the state of Iowa in late September 2020. United Way of Story County is offering free, educational programs which will be completed by December 2020. These programs provide training in high-demand industries: MIG Welding, Manufacturing Technician, and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
- FREE registration
- FREE tools and books
- FREE computer and internet access
- Interviews and/or on-site employer "meet and greet" sessions with Story County employers
- Childcare vouchers and transportation if needed.
The Welding Program started October 12 with a co-hort of 7 students. Training is being provided at the Nevada High School Career Academy.
The Manufacturing program starts November 4 with a co-hort of  students. Training is being provided at the DMACC Hunziker Center in Ames and online.
The C.N.A. program starts November 2 with a co-hort of  students. Training is being provided online with clinicals being conducted at DMACC Ankeny campus.
Vonda Junck (United Way Training Consultant)
Text or call 515-509-9914
Andrea Jensen (DMACC Navigator)
Text or call 515-360-2610
Jeff Pratt (Welding Instructor)
Text or call 515-231-7842
Kari Hudnutt (CNA Instructor, DMACC)
Text or call 515-371-7648
HIRTA (for bus rider emergencies)
Ames Public Library
Computers, printers, hotspots, etc. available.
515 Douglas Ave, Ames
Clothing That Works
Free work clothes.
130 South Sheldon #308, Ames
Open Wed 2-5pm and first Sat of month 9am-12pm
903 Lincoln Way, Ames
United Way of Story County
Food, rent assistance, mental health support, etc. at www.uwstory.org/covid-19-resources
315 Clark Ave, Ames
YSS Youth Employment Services
515-233-3141 ext. 4494