• Job Seeker Resources

  • CB Career Acceleration is a program of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Iowa Western Community College and community partners.   This program is focused on our residents that are currently under or unemployed that are looking to start a skilled career. 
    The CB Career Acceleration provides opportunities for participants to start at any education or skill level and have a pathway of education all the way to employment opportunities. The program will provide financial support for each participant’s path.  


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  • Grow Your Career Skills with Free Training. Education 2 Employment provides FREE tuition assistance to residents of Iowa to grow their career skills and further their education.

    There’s no time like today to make a positive change in your career. Call or email Rachel today, and she’ll help you through the process.

  • Pathway Navigator

    Rachel Jensen

    Ph: (712) 256-8800
    E-mail: rjensen@iwcc.edu

  • Pathway Navigator

    Rachel Jensen

    Ph: (712) 256-8800
    E-mail: rjensen@iwcc.edu



  • Adult Education / HiSET / ESL


    Consider Iowa Western for any type of learning you’re interested in, either for personal interest or career advancement. Our adult education services include:

    • HiSET preparation,
    • career advising,
    • review of reading, writing, and math skills,
    • HiSET Academy,
    • specific skills training such as keyboarding or using measurements, and
    • survival English for English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

    During orientation, students are assessed in reading and math.  After discussion and consultation, students are then assigned to a class that best meets their needs. Iowa Western serves a seven-county area providing Adult Education services at the Iowa Western campus in Council Bluffs, and the Iowa Western Centers in Atlantic, Clarinda, Harlan, and Shenandoah. A $25 registration fee is due at the time of registration and is valid through June 30.

    Redefine your success with a high school equivalency diploma.

    Iowa Western offers preparation courses and exam opportunities for adults to take the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), formerly known as the GED.  The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) is equivalent to a high school diploma. Our staff will be with you every step of the way, providing guidance and support. Choose a location and class schedule that fits your needs.



  • Local Apprenticeship and Internship Programs

    Council Bluffs is full of business that want to help you succeed.  Please check our Apprenticeship/Internship page to view employers that are accepting application for their programs. 




    It is never too late to advance your current career or start a new path. Many high-demand jobs in Iowa pay good wages and provide benefits for people who have education beyond high school.  Future Ready Iowa is here to connect you with the education or training needed for good-paying jobs and careers that can improve your life.

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    The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC®) is an assessment-based credential issued at four levels. The NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.

    When you require or recommend the ACT WorkKeys NCRC from your applicants, you'll tap into the most qualified labor pool in your area.

    The credential is awarded in four levels and verifies skills proficiency in:

    • Problem-solving
    • Critical thinking
    • Reading and using work-related text
    • Applying information from workplace documents to solve problems
    • Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems
    • Setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations
    • Locating, synthesizing, and applying information that is presented graphically
    • Comparing, summarizing, and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics

    The certificate is awarded in both English and Spanish.

    NCRC test can be taken at:

    300 W Broadway #13, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    Phone: (712) 352-3480
    Due to COVID-19, testing is not available at this time. 

    O*Net Online can help you build your career by aligning your skills with the workforce.  Or use the site to find the job you desire and discover what skills you need to get hired and become successful. 

    O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

  • Child & Family Resource Network
  • Child and Family Resource Network

    Their network of Family Support providers team up with parents to help families thrive. They do this by bringing evidence-based or researched informed curriculums to make sure children are developmentally on track.  They have programs with areas of expertise in the medical field with nurses on staff, experienced staff in mental health and trauma, or bilingual staff members. they have a simple referral process with a single point of entry and can get a family to the program that will serve them best based on their referral form assessment. 

    To refer your family or to share with someone you know who could use some support, fill out our easy form HERE and reach out to Jordan Morse, Child and Family Resource Intake and Referral Specialist, with any questions.

    712-355-2615 | Jordan Morse

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  • LinkedIn Learning - FREE 

    Free access to LinkedIn Learning is now available through the Council Bluffs Public Library with your library card! LinkedIn Learning provides thousands of expert-led online video tutorials. Learn new business, software, creative, and tech skills to advance your career or to satisfy your own curiosity. Get started today by going to the Council Bluffs Public Library’s webpage or clicking bel


    Visit IowaWORKS to get assistance building your resume, discover a career path, find apprenticeship opportunities, and more. 

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    Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) provides services that help parents make informed choices about the care of their children. 

    Call their FREE 1-800 number to learn about different levels of child care providers and find a provider that will work for your family. 


    Child Care Ready by CCR&R is designed to help individuals seeking a career in early childhood education. This accelerated professional development series includes coaching, mentorship and best practices, that will help individuals to become Child Care Ready! Child care providers will be able to serve children and families in your community, while making an income from home. This educational series offers all the pre-certification training required to start as child care center staff or start a home child care business. The Child Care Ready series can assist communities in building child care solutions.

    Want to open your own business? Learn more here.