Media Advisory: Iowa’s Untapped Workforce
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting three workshops entitled, “Iowa’s Untapped Workforce: A Roadmap for Second Chance Hiring,” for employers, business students, human resource professionals, and community members across the District next week. The workshops will help participants better understand the significant role they can play in assisting ex-offenders reenter society. It is undisputed that employment decreases the risk of an individual committing a new crime. The workshops will provide “takeaways” about the benefits of hiring individuals with a criminal history and to dispel many myths.
U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau will be present at the workshops. Key state officials from Iowa Workforce Development and the Department of Corrections will be attending. A keynote speaker from the casino industry will share his story of hiring ex-gang members and ex-felons and how that decision positively impacted their lives, while benefiting his company and the communities in which they lived.
When: July 26th (Cedar Rapids), 27th (Ft. Dodge), and 28th (Sioux City)
Where: Clarion Hotel (Cedar Rapids), Best Western Starlight Village (Ft. Dodge), and Bev’s on the River (Sioux City)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Interview opportunities will be available.