Cerro Gordo County Veterans Resources

Cerro Gordo County

About: Founded in 1851, Cerro Gordo County was named after the Battle of Cerro Gordo in the Mexican-American War. There are multiple museums to visit within Cerro Gordo including the VanHorn Antique Truck Museum, Clear Lake Fire Museum and MacNider Art Museum which houses a collection of American art including hand puppets used in the film The Sound of Music. If you enjoy the outdoors, Cerro Gordo has two protected areas: Clear Lake State Park and Iowa Wetland Management District. At 3,500 acres in size, Clear Lake State Park is a popular fishing destination with walleye, bullhead, yellow bass and channel catfish. The Iowa Wetland Management District manages many of the waterfowl production areas and is the largest wetland location in Iowa at over 2,000 acres.

Cities: Clear Lake, Dougherty, Mason City, Meservey, Plymouth, Rock Falls, Rockfell, Swaledale, Thornton, Ventura

Website: Cerro Gordo County

Contact: Rosetta Waychus / 641.421.3085

 

Cerro Gordo County - Veteran Director

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County service offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. To learn more, visit the Cerro Gordo County Veterans Office.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, with the support of citizens, recognizes and honors Iowa’s veterans and their families by providing the highest quality programs, services and benefits. Each of Iowa’s 99 counties has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a county director. Veterans may wish to utilize the county office as the first point of contact.

 

 

Mason City IowaWORKS Center Information

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IowaWORKS Centers are committed to providing quality employment services to all military service members and their spouses. All veterans and their spouse may be eligible for priority service.  Please let a team member know upon check-in of your veteran status. IowaWORKS Centers provide a full range of job/career assistance. Individual services include:

  • Career counseling and job search skills development
  • Help locating employment and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Academic skill testing and hands-on computer classes
  • Creating resumes/cover letters and interview preparation

Please visit or contact the Mason City IowaWORKS Center for more information: 

600 S Pierce Avenue
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-422-1524
Email: Region2.Web@iwd.iowa.gov

 

 

Iowa National Guard Family Services

Iowa National Guard- Warrior and Family Services Branch LogoThe Warrior & Family Services Branch is a Joint Force initiative that provides assistance to all military families, regardless of branch or component, who find themselves beyond the support capability of active duty military facilities or their home units. The Warrior & Family Services Branch acts as a network that allows families to mutually support one another. By providing families with information, resources and support, the program strengthens both the unit and service members. To learn more about these services, visit Warrior & Family Services.

 

 

  Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve LogoThe Iowa ESGR team is comprised of approximately 106 dedicated volunteers and three full-time staff members prepared to engage, inform and support employers and reserve component members throughout the state. Iowa has a proud history of outstanding employer support for reserve component members. Today’s team continues this tradition through a strong emphasis on “prevention through education.” To learn more about these services, visit the Iowa ESGR.

 

 

Non-Profit Veteran Support Organizations

This is the American Legion logoThe American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veteran organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service organization which has reached nearly three million members, men and women at almost 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments -- one for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Iowa is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Department Service Office is located in the Federal Building in Des Moines, with an additional office located in the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Visit the Iowa Legion or email: info@ialegion.org.

 

 

Labor Market Information & Future Ready Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development LogoThe Workforce Needs Assessment survey is an annual employer survey conducted by Iowa Workforce Development. Employers are asked to provide information regarding both their current level of employment and their current and expected job vacancies. The goal of the survey is to collect data regarding the demand for workers and the skills required of workers, both statewide and regionally. You can search for and view the Laborshed Report by city or county.

 

For additional help on determining career opportunities in Iowa, visit the Future Ready Iowa website. The site connects job seekers to tools for finding education, training and jobs. It uses Labor Market Information to identify the number of jobs, the average median income and what training is required within a geographically determined distance from the job seeker.

Website features include: Iowa's Career Coach, Career Exploration, Education and Training Opportunities, Financial Resources and Finding a Job

 

An Introduction to CHAMPs

Iowa Department of Education LogoIowa provides qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents in-state tuition at Iowa's colleges and universities. Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer premium higher education incentives. In order for institutions to become a CHAMPs partner, at least nine out of 12 criteria in three categories must be met. Categories include transitional considerations, financial considerations and on-campus resources. These higher learning centers often offer on-campus support, consistent credit for military courses and provide special financial considerations. View a full list and learn more about​ all CHAMPs institutions in Iowa.

 

CHAMPs institutions in this county are listed below:

Northern Iowa Area Community College

Northern Iowa Area Community College is a CHAMPs partnerLocated in Mason City, Northern Iowa Area Community College strives enhance the quality of life for the people of North Iowa through comprehensive educational opportunities, progressive partnerships, exemplary service and responsive leadership. Northern Iowa Area Community College has received the designation of "Military Friend School" five years in a row from G.I. Jobs.

For more information:

Contact: 888.466.4222 / mcguirac@niacc.edu

Website: NIACC Veterans Page

Purdue University Global

Kaplan University is a CHAMPs partner

Purdue Global is a world-class university within a world-class public university system. When it comes to balancing a career, family, and school, we know that flexibility is key. That's why we put you in control of your education, offering innovative learning options that let you choose what, how, and where you learn.

As a CHAMPS institution here in Iowa, our advisors work closely with you to understand your personal learning needs. They also evaluate your academic, professional, or military experiences to give you credit for what you already know. Together, we'll determine the fastest, most affordable path to your degree and career.

With more than 180 online programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, our personalized approach to education and modern curriculum give you the skills you need to make an immediate impact on your career and the edge to conquer whatever comes next.

Campus locations in Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Davenport and Des Moines. 

For more information:

Contact: 866.210.5233 / MSSC@purdueglobal.edu

Website: Purdue University Global Veteran Webpage