Ames EDC

Workforce Training Programs

Attracting a suitable workforce is critically important, and a recent labor report clearly illustrates that Ames has the workforce capable of efficiently operating any sized project. Not only is Ames part of a biotechnology-rich corridor in central Iowa, but Ames is also home to Iowa State University, a world-renowned research university.

The Ames Economic Development Commission is proud to partner with and support Workforce Training opportunities in Story County.

Here's just a handful of them:

Leadership Ames

Leadership Ames was created in 1988 by the Ames Chamber of Commerce to develop informed, involved and concerned local leaders. The program gives both experienced and emerging leaders a broader view of civic leadership responsibilities and opportunities through direct contact with a wide spectrum of institutions and people who shape the community where we live and work. The mission of the Leadership Ames programming is to develop leadership abilities and cultivate relationships to promote community involvement and advancement.

Learn more about Leadership Ames

Leadership Series

This series of events is designed to inspire and re-energize you and your entire team.  Join both local and national leaders for a luncheon or evening event to talk about concepts relating to leadership and provide inspiration that will leave you feeling refreshed and motivated.

Learn more about the Leadership Series

DMACC Career Academy

Enroll in one of DMACC’s eight Career Academy Programs and enter the workforce with an Associate’s Degree and highly trained in the field of your choice. Programs available on the Ames campus include Automotive Collision Technology, Automotive Mechanics Technology, Building Trades/Finish Carpentry, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health Occupations and the Teacher Academy.

Learn more about the DMACC Career Academy

FUEL Story County

Formed in 2002 as an affiliate organization of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, FUEL Story County’s (formerly Young Professionals of Ames) mission is to be leaders dedicated to improving the quality of life in Ames, and to establish a community of young professionals dedicated to building and fostering relationships through leadership development, professional development, community outreach, and cultural and social opportunities.

Learn more about FUEL Story County


Deepen your understanding of core values like philanthropy, inclusion, leadership, opportunity and teamwork, gain hands-on experience, and explore a variety of career opportunities over the course of five all-day events throughout the school year with students from across the county. Learn More and sign your high school student up today!

See Yourself in Ames Summer Intern Program

The Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC) hosts a series of three or four events over the summer months for interns in the Ames/Story County area. These “See Yourself in Ames” events are an opportunity for local interns to better acquaint themselves with our community and area business leaders. Once interns see what the Ames/Story County area has to offer, we hope they will consider staying in our area once they begin their careers.


It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up! SOAR is an online resource for students from preschool to high school that allows them to explore career paths, find job shadow opportunities, check-out upcoming events. Furthermore, SOAR is designed to connect PK-12 teachers, students, parents and local businesses to strengthen synergies within the community and provide students with unique, hands-on learning experiences that will help them be future ready, whatever that future may be!

SOAR website coming in Fall 2019!

Teaching for the Workforce Academy

In partnership with DMACC, we are pleased to offer the Story County Teaching for the Workforce Academy each summer for regional teachers. This interactive workshop is four days long and is packed with tours, panels, keynotes, and more. After this course, teachers from preschool to high school will have a better understanding of today’s STEM workplaces and build an understanding of skills required for workplace success. Students who attend the academy are eligible for two license renewal credits through the AEA. Registration for the next session will open in Spring 2020.


For more information on our Workforce Training Programs, contact Allee Wengert, Workforce Development Coordinator

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