Workforce Innovation Project

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 was able to offer free, educational programs completed in December 2020. These programs provided training in high-demand industries: MIG Welding, Manufacturing Technician, and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).



Participants received:


  • 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. 


6 individuals graduated the Welding Program held at Nevada High School's welding lab.

Program Calendar


          Welding class graduation



11 individuals graduated from the Manufacturing program, which included a Forklift Certification.

Program Calendar


Manufacturing students     Forklift training     Manufacturing Graduation


9 individuals graduated the Nursing Aide program, becoming CNA's.

Program Calendar


Nursing Students     Nursing students in lab      Nursing Graduation



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


Workforce training continues even though the Coronavirus Relief Grant period has ended. If you are interested in workforce training in Story County, please contact Vonda Junck, DMACC Navigator for Story County, at or 515-330-6593 if interested.