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The mission of Change Course is to put an end to relational, economic, and spiritual inequities by giving hope, untapping creativity, and empowering participants with career skills surrounded by and involved in a loving community.

Unlock Your Potential

Our students, aptly called Leaders, engage in a six-week personal development program focusing on soft skills, computer literacy, effective communication, life skills, overcoming individualized barriers, and more. Leaders are met with coaching and career assessment to choose one of eight funded continued short-term education paths. Tracks include medical administration, customer service, information technology, energy, commercial driver (DCL), skilled trades, and more. Once Leaders graduate with their certification, Change Course helps place them into a job that earns $18 or more with upward mobility and benefits.

A cornerstone of our program is sustained, meaningful relationships that help student Leaders thrive in their communities, and better support their families. Ongoing relational touch points include monthly Family Dinners, coaching sessions, supportive Ally relationships, and more.

Why is Change Course for you?

  • No student debt or loans.
  • Your training is FREE, and you get a transportation stipend every other week.
  • Land a job, often BEFORE graduation.

Within one year of graduating from a similar career training program, graduates of Uprise Nashville, report an average pay increase of $19,600.

Fill out the interest form on the website. Someone will contact you within 24 hours Monday – Friday.


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

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

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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
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Be A Part of
Change Course


We’re so excited to hear that you’re interested in Change Course!

To get started, click the button below to complete an Interest Form – after you complete your interest form, you’ll receive an email with the next steps, and a link to our free online application.


Our free online application is designed to determine whether Change Course is the right fit for you.

We want you to win, and in order for our program to truly be able to empower you to achieve your goals, we need to ask a few preliminary questions about you. Tell us more about you, your job history, and why you think Change Course is the place for you.


After completing the application, you’ll move into the admissions phase, where you’ll receive an email with a link to complete the following:

  1. 3-minute Typing Test
  2. Personality Test
  3. Digital Literacy Test

When you’ve completed your admissions work, you will schedule a call for a 30-minute phone interview with one of our Career Coaches to review your application and admissions work.

YOU’VE GOT THIS! Don’t worry—your Admissions Specialist will walk with you every step of the way.


Change Course offers a financial stipend to each of our Leaders to ensure they have the means and support to get to class. The stipend is a financial gift from us to you that is performance-based. You can earn UP TO $100 every two weeks, or UP TO $200/month.


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


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

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Animal Care

Hope+Elim Church

Change Course Office

Our office is located on the third floor of Hope-Elim Church in room #311. Enter via the south door (right off the parking lot) and contact us at (515) 779-6108. We will let you in upon arrival.


Hope-Elim Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311

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Thomas BudlerBoard Member

Tom Budler retired from the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company family of businesses in February 2022 after 35 years of service. Tom worked for MidAmerican Energy Company for 25 of those years in various capacities including generation construction and operations, gas and electric operations, and wind generation development, construction, and operations. In 2012 Tom transitioned to BHE Renewables, LLC where he was responsible for growing its nationwide wind generation portfolio. In 2015 he also assumed additional responsibility to initiate, grow and manage BHE Renewables’ tax equity investment portfolio.

Tom has been married to his wife Cindy for 25 wonderful years and they reside in Norwalk, Iowa. He is a member of Valley Evangelical Free Church and volunteers regularly with the Hand-In-Hand Special Needs Ministry and the Valley Disaster Relief team.

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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