Workforce Innovation Programs

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).

Participants get:

  • 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.

Program Calendar




The Manufacturing program starts November 4 with a co-hort of [10] students. Training is being provided at the DMACC Hunziker Center in Ames and online. 

Program Calendar



The C.N.A. program starts November 2 with a co-hort of [10] students. Training is being provided online with clinicals being conducted at DMACC Ankeny campus.

Program Calendar



Student Resources

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)

Call 877-686-0029

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

IowaWorks Office

Employment supports

903 Lincoln Way, Ames


United Way of Story County

Food, rent assistance, mental health support, etc. at

315 Clark Ave, Ames


YSS Youth Employment Services

515-233-3141 ext. 4494