CONTACT: SHAWN PRESLEY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Openings remain in program for women seeking skills in trades
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Openings remain in a University of Iowa program to help
low-income women begin preparing for careers in the skilled trades and technical
The next session of the Pre-Vocational Training Program will begin Monday,
Jan. 27 and will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 18. The
program is free and funds are available to those who qualify for transportation
and child care. For more information or to apply, call collect at (319) 335-0560.
The UI pre-vocational program offers low-income women a 12-week program designed
to help them enter such skilled trades as construction, maintenance, repair
and other non-traditional fields. The program consists of physical conditioning,
safety, technical math and career development. Students also participate in
work experiences in the numerous maintenance and technical shops on the UI
Women who complete the pre-vocational training typically go on to trade or
tech schools, enter apprenticeship programs or other entry-level employment.
A total of 176 women have completed the program since it was inaugurated in
1990. The UI program is the only one of its kind in the country associated
with a university.
The program is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Technical and Vocational Education
Act, the Department of Economic Development of Iowa, and the UI.