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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.

Change Course CEO, Joseph Johnson’s testimony

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

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

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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

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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.

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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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Thomas BudlerBoard Member

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Jerry & Nancy FosterBoard Members

Jerry and Nancy Foster have been married for 44 years and reside in Des Moines, Iowa. They have four children and numerous grandchildren.

Jerry is the founder of Foster Group, which is a wealth management firm, serving over 1,500 families and organizations. He is also the author of LifeFocus; Achieving a Life of Purpose and Influence. Nancy has dedicated her life to pouring into her family and mentoring women all over the world.

Together, Jerry and Nancy spoke with FamilyLife marriage conferences for over 22 years. They’ve also been involved in the development of a sustainable economic and personal development model in El Rosario, Guatemala with several other couples. They are passionate about helping change the paradigm for others and creating sustainable life change.

Karin JohnsonChange Course Director of Programs & Board Member

Karin and Joseph have been married for 42 years with four kids and six grandchildren. Karin was a gymnastics coach for 25 years with a passion to help young people achieve their goals through structure and hard work. Her love for the kids made her very successful in developing very competitive teams.

Responding to a conviction that the next generation of leaders needs to understand how to use the bible as their guide, Karin began teaching a weekly millennial generation bible study over 15 years ago which still continues today.

Using her gifts of teaching and mercy, Karin has counseled women and struggling marriages for many years after experiencing many challenges in her own family from marriage struggles to family member addiction, recovery, and incarceration.

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Welcome to Change Course! If you’re interested in finding out if you’re eligible for our program, please complete the form below. We will review your submission and get back to you with your eligibility and options right away!
Note: we will not sell, retain or distribute any personal information. This form is simply used to determine eligibility.

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Information Sessions
The next information session will be later this summer.

Background Questions

Will you be between the ages of 18 and 55 years old before the next class starts?*
Are you a U.S. Citizen or have a current work/school permit, visa, green card, asylum, or DACA status?*
Do you currently receive OR are you currently applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits?*
Do you have a GED or High School Diploma?*
Are you the primary caregiver of a child 0-13 years old?*
Do you have stable housing?*
Stable housing simply means that you must have enough housing stability to know that you’ll have a roof over your head each night. The following housing situations would be considered stable: Owning your living space, renting a living space, living with friends, living with family, couch surfing, living in a hotel/AirBnB, and similar. The following housing situations would NOT be considered stable: Homeless, living in a shelter, living in your car.
Are you within 1 hour of our facility (2500 University Avenue, Des Moines)?*
Are you required to register as a Sex Offender?*
Do you have an open legal case?*
We define an open legal case as an open criminal case that could result in potential jail time or ongoing court hearings that would conflict with program participation.
Are you applying for the same class/start date as a spouse or immediate family member?*
Are you able and willing to work full-time (40 hrs/week)?*
Have you been sober from hard drugs/illegal substances for at least 6 months?*
If you are accepted to Change Course you acknowledge that this acceptance is conditional on you having a clean drug test when tested and being drug-free (including THC) for the entire length of the program. Are you willing and able to commit to this?*

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