About: Winneshiek County is a special place and the quality of life offered is unmatched. As a newly designated Home Base Iowa Community, we are looking forward to welcoming veterans into our communities. With historic down towns, scenic bluffs and river valleys, it's easy to see why many people choose Winneshiek County to make their home. Our nationally ranked and recognized schools help us support and create leaders today for tomorrow. The thriving business and real estate in Winneshiek County help make this a place where people want to live, work, play and grow. Please contact Stephanie Fromm, Executive Director of Winneshiek County Development, for more details about the Home Base Iowa program in Winneshiek County.
Date of HBI Establishment: Sep 2017
Home Base Iowa Incentives: Winneshiek County Veteran Incentives
Cities: Calmar, Castalia, Decorah, Fort Atkinson, Jackson Junction, Ossian, Ridgeway, Spillville
Website: Winneshiek County
Contact: Stephanie Fromm / email@example.com / 563.382.6061
Winneshiek County - Veteran Director
County service offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. To learn more, visit the Winneshiek County Veterans Office.
The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, with the support of citizens, recognizes and honors Iowa’s veterans and their families by providing the highest quality programs, services and benefits. Each of Iowa’s 99 counties has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a county director. Veterans may wish to utilize the county office as the first point of contact.
Dubuque IowaWORKS Center Information
IowaWORKS Centers are committed to providing quality employment services to all military service members and their spouses. All veterans and their spouse may be eligible for priority service. Please let a team member know upon check-in of your veteran status. IowaWORKS Centers provide a full range of job/career assistance. Individual services include:
- Career counseling and job search skills development
- Help locating employment and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities
- Academic skill testing and hands-on computer classes
- Creating resumes/cover letters and interview preparation
Please visit or contact the Dubuque IowaWORKS Center for more information:
680 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-556-5800 or 866-227-9874
Iowa National Guard Family Services
The Warrior & Family Services Branch is a Joint Force initiative that provides assistance to all military families, regardless of branch or component, who find themselves beyond the support capability of active duty military facilities or their home units. The Warrior & Family Services Branch acts as a network that allows families to mutually support one another. By providing families with information, resources and support, the program strengthens both the unit and service members. To learn more about these services, visit Warrior & Family Services.
The Iowa ESGR team is comprised of approximately 106 dedicated volunteers and three full-time staff members prepared to engage, inform and support employers and reserve component members throughout the state. Iowa has a proud history of outstanding employer support for reserve component members. Today’s team continues this tradition through a strong emphasis on “prevention through education.” To learn more about these services, visit the Iowa ESGR.
Non-Profit Veteran Support Organizations
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veteran organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service organization which has reached nearly three million members, men and women at almost 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments -- one for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Iowa is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. The Department Service Office is located in the Federal Building in Des Moines, with an additional office located in the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Visit the Iowa Legion or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labor Market Information & Future Ready Iowa
The Workforce Needs Assessment survey is an annual employer survey conducted by Iowa Workforce Development. Employers are asked to provide information regarding both their current level of employment and their current and expected job vacancies. The goal of the survey is to collect data regarding the demand for workers and the skills required of workers, both statewide and regionally. You can search for and view the Laborshed Report by city or county.
For additional help on determining career opportunities in Iowa, visit the Future Ready Iowa website. The site connects job seekers to tools for finding education, training and jobs. It uses Labor Market Information to identify the number of jobs, the average median income and what training is required within a geographically determined distance from the job seeker.
Website features include: Iowa's Career Coach, Career Exploration, Education and Training Opportunities, Financial Resources and Finding a Job
Winneshiek County Business Partners
Home Base Iowa (HBI) Businesses are the centerpiece of the HBI effort. Veterans who have served and are looking for a career in Iowa can research any of the over 1,200 HBI Businesses. Each business has committed to hiring transitioning service members and veterans for semi-skilled and skilled positions in Iowa.
Many of these businesses actively attend job fairs to recruit veterans. Based on an Iowa Business Council report, the program has already provided over 2,000 jobs for veterans. HBI businesses also provide donations to assist with marketing efforts. View HBI Job Openings throughout the state and HBI businesses in Winneshiek County.
An Introduction to CHAMPs
Iowa provides qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents in-state tuition at Iowa's colleges and universities. Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer premium higher education incentives. In order for institutions to become a CHAMPs partner, at least nine out of 12 criteria in three categories must be met. Categories include transitional considerations, financial considerations and on-campus resources. These higher learning centers often offer on-campus support, consistent credit for military courses and provide special financial considerations. View a full list and learn more about all CHAMPs institutions in Iowa.
CHAMPs institutions in this county are listed below:
Northeast Iowa Community College
Northeast Iowa Community College has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2016 and has held this distinction for several years. Additionally, Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the College the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities. Students who have served in the military, or are the spouse or dependent of a veteran, may be eligible for veteran's education benefits while enrolled in an approved program of study at NICC.
For more information:
Contact: Sheila Becker / 800.728.7367 ext. 295 / email@example.com