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


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


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.



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.

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