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FREE career training. Land a new career in just 6 Months.

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Change Course

FREE TRAINING TO GET YOU ON THE PATH TO A NEW CAREER

Change Course is a career development program that provides training in highly sought-after skills along with leadership and personal development, to give people in Des Moines a way to stop living paycheck to paycheck and launch a career.

Affordable, effective, and short-term career training is almost impossible to find. Change Course has identified highly sought-after careers in our community. We offer free training and pay you to start a new career in as little as four months. Students who have completed the program in other areas of the country are earning on average more than $18 per hour in jobs with upward mobility and full benefits, including health care and paid vacation time.

Freedom Awaits

Change Course graduates complete the program with a new job skill, a livable wage career, and a strong sense of community and support. After graduation, Leaders join the Alumni Association where they will receive continued services, including financial coaching, professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to give back to future Leaders.

The Heart of Change Course

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

Leaders apply and are accepted into a six-month-long program broken into three phases.

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GROWTH

The first 6 weeks of the program is dedicated to personal and professional growth. We don’t just want Leaders to land a job—we want them to be the best version of themself, so they can find a career that lasts!

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CERTIFICATION

Leaders work to complete a professional certification or pre-apprenticeship course in their selected career track.

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LAND THE JOB

Once Leaders complete the certification stage, they graduate the program by landing a job in their career track. We’ll work to connect them with employers and jobs that fit their skill set.

Tools for Development

  • One-on-one coaching sessions
  • 100+ hours of personal development
  • Up to 35 life and career skills taught

If you’d like more information regarding Change Course, click the button below.

CAREER PROGRAMS

A better future awaits our leaders after they complete their chosen six-month career training program. Change Course offers 35 life and career skills that can be adjusted according to the need of the Des Moines area job market. Our corporate partners keep us informed of the skills they look for in good job candidates as their needs change.

Energy

Energy

Medical Administration

Medical Administration

Commercial Driver

Commercial Driver

Information Technology

Information Technology

Customer Service

Customer Service

Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Medical Healthcare

Medical Healthcare

Culinary Services

Culinary Services

Animal Care

Animal Care

CAREER PROGRAMS

A better future awaits our leaders after they complete their chosen six-month career training program. Change Course offers 35 life and career skills that can be adjusted according to the need of the Des Moines area job market. Our corporate partners keep us informed of the skills they look for in good job candidates as their needs change.

Energy Career with Change Course

Energy

Medical admistration

Medical Administration

Semi driver with CDL (Commercial drivers license)

Commercial Driver (CDL)

Information Technology (IT) Worker

Information Technology

Customer Service Representative

Customer Service

Construction Trades - Electrician working on building

Skilled Trades

Administration Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)

Medical Healthcare

Culinary Services - Future Course

Culinary Services

Animal Care - Future Course

Animal Care

Customer Service Representative

Customer Service

Animal Care - Future Course

Animal Care

FREE career training with Change Course. Land a new career in just 6 Months.

If you’d like more information, click the button below.

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Delta 2024 class starts today!! We are so excited for what is in store for all of these incredible people!
You're invited to our FREE neighborhood BBQ at Change Course! We want to introduce ourselves to our new neighborhood, and we figured that food and games are the best way to do that. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of delicious food, music by Pulse 101.7FM, and an opportunity to tour our facility and find out more about what we do here at Change Course. This in-person event is the perfect opportunity to stop by, fellowship with neighbors, and enjoy some good food in the sun. Don't miss out on this chance to connect with the community and have a great time. It's all ages - bring your families! Games, food, and good fun. Please stop by!
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Change Course is a FREE career and personal development program in Des Moines, Iowa built to provide a safe space for people ready for lasting change. Through our program, they learn about themselves and grow in the areas they are skilled in, find new careers and change their lives.
It's official - the ribbon has been cut! After months of hard work, our facility and staff are ready to serve our community and those in need of second chances. Our next class starts July 8, and we couldn't be more excited to get it going. God is good — there is HOPE in this city!
Today, come join us at our brand new location for a special event celebrating the beginning of great things to come here in Des Moines. We will showcase our new facility and all the exciting things we plan to do here. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be performed by @fusedsm, and Polk County Attorney, Kimberly Graham, will speak!
THIS FRIDAY! Come join us at our brand new facility at 1912 6th Ave in Des Moines for an exciting event where you can explore our new building and hear more about the things we do here! This is the perfect chance to learn more about what we do and where we do it.

At the Open House, you'll have the opportunity to meet with Change Course staff and alumni, take a tour, and enjoy light refreshments.

Don't miss out on this chance to see our facility before anyone else! Mark your calendar and we'll see you there!
From Joseph Johnson, Change Course CEO:

Last week, I was privileged to have been asked to speak at the @iowacorrections conference in Coralville, Iowa regarding Change Course's successful reentry program for those coming out of incarceration. My wife, Karin, and I met many incredible people as we stood behind the Change Course booth over the course of those 2 days. 

Our mission began with a passion and an idea to give hope to the incarcerated. That's where my dream for this organization began nearly 30 years ago. Today, we are happy to say that many of the 5th Judicial District parole and probation officers as well as the Polk County Attorney's office send individuals  to Change Course right out of prison. The heart of Change Course is in providing paths to freedom for people who never believed they would find it.

The Iowa Corrections Association is a wonderful association that equips Iowa's corrections employees to help reduce recidivism in Iowa through education and opportunity. Thank you to ICA  for the opportunity to speak and to all the Iowa Corrections employees who care deeply about those who need a second chance!
We are so grateful for our partnership with Foster Group.
They are committed to our community and lifting up those that need a second chance!

Since 1989, the team at Foster Group has been committed to helping people feel truly cared for. Thank you Foster Group for partnering with Change Course to alleviate poverty in Des Moines through development, opportunity and community!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

As you may have seen in our post yesterday, we are moving into our very own building on May 1! We are so excited to have our very own space to continue serving those in need in this beautiful city. But, with this blessing also comes a bit of extra responsibility. To meet city code, we have to do some cleanup on the new property! So we need your help. This weekend, we will be holding a new building outdoor cleanup! On Friday, April 19, we will have our light cleanup, which will be bagging leaves, raking, picking weeds, etc. Lunch will be provided! On Saturday, April 20, we will have our heavy cleanup, which will include loading and hauling heavy materials. We need you! 

Our new building is located at 1912 6th Ave in Des Moines. If you have any questions or are able to volunteer, please email Nicole@change-course.org.

Thank you all so much!
This is the reason we do what we do. Stories of redemption like Tiffany's are easily the best part the work Change Course does in this city. 

Tiffany is an incredible example of willingness to surrender to a process of change in order to better her life for herself and her family, and we know she will continue having a huge impact in the lives of others as she shares her story with others. We love you, Tiffany—and are so proud of the hard work you put in on a daily basis.

We need your support as we continue working  to bring hope into people's lives. If you are interested in getting involved with the work Change Course does, please visit the link in our bio!
What an incredible Night of Hope last night. HOPE was certainly the theme of the evening. Thank you to all who came out-and thank you to all of our speakers and contributors and partners. Andy Bales, Kameron Middlebrooks, REFORM alliance, Hope+Elim, Executive Outdoor Solutions, and all of our graduates that came to volunteer. We are so grateful for every single one of you.

One thing was apparent last night: the amazing work of redemption and restoration of human lives in this city has only just begun. Change Course is only a small piece of the puzzle, and we are incredibly grateful to be serving among so many people and organizations making a difference in communities all around lowa.

More than ever before, there is HOPE in this city.
Our Night of Hope is TOMORROW and there's only 20 spots left! You don't want to miss what we have in store. Click the link in our bio to get your free tickets before they're gone!
At Change Course and beyond, lives are being changed in Des Moines. Join us for an evening of inspiration as we discuss the work we do and highlight a few of the many changemakers in this city. You won't want to miss this one. It's free to attend - get your tickets at the link in our bio!

Keynote Speaker: Andy Bales
Also Speaking: Kameron Middlebrooks
Hosted by; Joseph Johnson

Change Course Night of Hope
Tuesday, April 2 2024 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
In the Hope+Elim Auditorium
2500 University Ave, Des Moines
Light refreshments will be served.

FOUNDING SPONSORS

Foster Group - Change Course Founding Sponsor
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Foster Group - Change Course Founding Sponsor
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Foster Group - Change Course Founding Sponsor

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