Hiring an Immigrant Workforce

Hiring an Immigrant Workforce Lunch & Learn

(Buchanan County, IA)  What does the Manufacturing Industry and the Ag Industry have in common?  The need for employees.  Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) has a program, the Agricultural Recruitment System (ARS), that seeks to connect employers with immigrants and migrants who are eager to work. The ARS expanded its focus beyond ag workers to include recruiting workers for the manufacturing sector.   The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) and Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) are hosting an Immigrant Workforce Lunch and Learn on Thursday, March 19th from 11:45 to 1:00 at the American Legion in Independence. IWD Migrant Workers Representative, Santiago Cordero-Mendoza, who will explain the ARS program and how it can be incorporated and used for manufacturing.

The ARS program works with U.S. Citizens as well as legally documented migrant and seasonal workers throughout the United States, including Iowa.  These potential employees use the Agricultural Recruitment System (ARS) to secure positions for up to 9 months before moving to the next location.  According to Mr. Cordero-Mendoza, “Some of these workers prefer the migratory lifestyle, but more and more are wanting to settle down in communities to raise their families and take full time positions.”   Because of this, the ARS has expanded its reach to include finding workers for manufacturing as well as agriculture.

Join us 11:45-1:00, Thursday, March 19th, at the Independence American Legion, 205 2nd St. NE, to learn more about hiring folks eager to work.
COST: The Immigrant Workforce Lunch and Learn cost $10 per attendee but is free to BCEDC Investors.

To register call George Lake at 319-334-7497 or email director@growbuchanan.com  with the company’s name and the names of those attending the workshop.

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    • Mail checks to: BCEDC   P.O. Box 109    Independence, Iowa 50644
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