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Training And Education

Recruiting, training and retraining workers at all levels is a prime concern of the highway construction industry. Attracting the brightest and best in the workforce is critical. AGC continues to develop the resources required to meet these workforce challenges for its members at all levels of the construction business.

AGC of Iowa Craft Training
AGC/I offers members a state-of-the-art craft training curriculum at numerous locations throughout the state during the off-season. Courses are developed by contractors, for contractors. In addition to a full schedule of these "public" courses, covering virtually every member specialty, customized in-house training services are also offered for any interested contractor on any topic. In-house courses are generally held at your site, using your equipment, exclusively for your employees. Both types of training programs are often eligible for DOT training fund cost reimbursement. For a current course list with descriptions, click here. For a course registration form, click here.

Highway Industry Training Program (HIT)
Associated General Contractors of Iowa would like to introduce a new training program called Highway Industry Training (HIT). This “benchmarked” program is replacing the Manpower Development (MDT) program that was phased out a few years ago. The Highway Industry Training program will allow you to train employees in an approved Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) benchmarked program. This program can be used to meet your IDOT training requirements and also help with company wide training. To print off the HIT Training Registration form, click here.

Listed below is some key information regarding the program:

75 different construction job classifications represented
Three different on-the-job training hour levels including: 520 hours minimum, 1040 standard and 2080 hours maximum
20 hours of required classroom training that will be offered during the winter months, between December and March
AGCI will process all registrations, OJT reports, letters and any other information needed to complete the program
-Initial enrollment fee of $100 for each trainee participating in the program
Contractors will also be charged for the classes trainees must attend to complete the 20 hours of classroom time. IDOT highway training funds can be used for all classes but not for the initial and annual registration fees.
Trainees will be paid at least 60 percent of the prevailing wage rate for the first half (520 hours minimum) of the training period, 75 percent for the third quarter (1040 standard hours) of the training period, and 90 percent for the last quarter (2080 hours maximum) of the training period.

For more information or to receive a detailed information packet and registration form, please contact Becky Bales by phone at 515-283-2424 or email

Management and Technical Seminars, Conferences and Workshops

Programs are conducted throughout the state, many as part of AGC's state and national conventions, on topics such as:

Financial Aspects of Construction
Contractors and Subcontractors Working Together to Create a Trouble-Free Job
Customer Relations
Contract Clauses and Legal Issues
Effective Presentation Skills for Construction Supervisors
Project Planning
Supervisory Training Program (STP)

This acclaimed program is offered at several locations throughout the state. The program, which was developed, updated and field-tested by contractors, focuses on the knowledge and skills that every supervisor must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment and materials.

Training and Education Aids
AGC offers a comprehensive catalogue of training & education videos.

To view a listing of our video library, click here or contact Karyn at the AGC office at (515)283-2424.

Workforce Development
Promoting the highway construction industry to young people has always been important, but with the future of the workforce changing, this issue is even more pressing.  The AGC Iowa Education and Workforce Development Committee have created a few ideas to encourage members to promote the industry to young people.

Construct Your Future
This magazine includes general information in English and Spanish on the highway construction industry, how to prepare yourself for a career in construction, scholarship information, job opportunities and a listing of AGC Iowa contractor members by division.  We encourage AGC Iowa members and any other interested parties to request extra copies of the magazine for distribution at school presentations, career fairs and offices.  We also have construction coloring books for use when speaking to elementary students.

Marketing to Schools
AGC Iowa’s Education and Workforce Development Committee has added several items as marketing tools to the website under “Programs” on the main page.  You will be able to find a contact listing of the Colleges in Iowa that have construction programs, (click here) along with a college contact listing for Diesel Mechanic Technology, (click here) a wage comparison for you to illustrate to the students what they might make at several companies compared to your wages, (click here).

To receive extra copies of the Construct Your Future magazine, please contact our Director of Education, Becky Bales.

Student Chapters
The existence of AGC student chapters indicates student interest in the professional construction industry. This exposure of construction students to the working industry is vital to the preparation of future industry practitioners. Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa both have active student chapters. The AGC of Iowa Foundation awards scholarships to Iowa students enrolled in construction courses at institutions of higher education.

AGC of Iowa Training and Education
Donor Awards

Our craft training program is second to none in the country thanks to the dedication and countless donations made by our members. The AGC Training & Education Donor Awards are presented to those employers and suppliers who donated time, equipment and facilities to our training efforts. There are four types of awards given out. They are:

Platinum - Donate 10 or more pieces of equipment for classes, and/or donate facilities (hold entire class in facility for 3 or more days) for classes, and donate 300 or more hours of time to classes.
Gold - Donate 5 to 9 pieces of equipment for classes, and/or donate facilities (hold entire class in facility for 2 or more days) for classes, and donate 200 to 299 hours of time to classes.
Silver - Donate 3 to 5 pieces of equipment for classes, and/or donate facilities (hold entire class in facility for 1 day) for class, and/or donate 75 to 199 hours of time to classes.
Bronze - Donate 1 to 2 pieces of equipment for classes, and/or donate facility (hold partial class for less than 1/2 day) for class, and/or donate up to 75 hours of time to classes.




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phone: 515-283-2424 fax: 515-244-6289

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