September 2022 Newsletter
What's happening this month?
Events overview:

September 7th: Employer Spotlight ft: TSA - Security.

September 12th: Employer Spotlight ft: RAAH Nissi - Healthcare.

September 12th: National Day of Encouragement

September 14th: Work With Us Wednesday - Business Service Orientation 12-1PM CT via zoom. Join here.

September 15th: Better Business Workshop - Getting to know the requirement to be a federal contractor. Register here.

September 15th - October 15th: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 19th: Employer Spotlight ft: Children's Hospital - Healthcare.

September 22nd: SWITCH IT UP! First ever REVERSE job fair at HWS! View flyer and register here!

September 26th: Employer Spotlight ft: Nebraska Humane Society - Animal care.

September 28th: Work With Us Wednesday - Business Service Orientation 12-1PM CT via zoom. Join here.

September 28th: My Career Story ft: Shawntal M. Mallory Attorney / Guardian ad Litem. See below for more information.
Join us in saying farewell to our beloved Manager of Solutions Integration, Ronda Newman, as she ventures off to her next adventure!
"I absolutely treasure all the people I have worked with over the years! We had some fun, didn’t we? 😊" - Ronda
Her advice to you...

"I learned over time that the basis of any success in my job was my ability to form and sustain good relationships with others. I was never the smartest person in the room, but I could usually get anyone to work with me. That learning lesson was golden." - Ronda
A little back story of Ronda's career....
Ronda worked for 33 years for Nebraska Health and Human Services, specifically Child Protective Services. She began as a CPS worker, investigator, moved to supervisor and then administrator. After her service with HHS, she moved to Project Everlast, serving young people who have experienced foster care, homelessness, criminal justice, or sex trafficking. From there, she entered the world of workforce development at Heartland Workforce Solutions. Each experience brought different learning lessons, joys, heartaches, successes, and failures. Taken as a whole, she would say she has been blessed to be able to serve people in different capacities. Service was, and is, in her DNA and states it was a privilege to be able to form a career serving others.
Her plans for retirement...

"I believe the Universe will show me what the next chapter in my life will consist of, so I will allow that chapter to unfold as it is intended. I plan to spend as much time as possible with my 2 daughters, my friends, and my puppies. I will find some way to continue in service in some way."- Ronda

A special thank you for all your hard work and dedication, Ronda! Good luck and you have our best wishes. You WILL be missed! - HWS team
Connect with small business and entrepreneur resources through SourceLink Nebraska
A Personal Action Plan is a customized strategy for connecting with Nebraska resource partners to help you start, grow, or accelerate a business. This is a service provided at NO COST to you! To get started, please complete the form below and a SourceLink Nebraska Network Navigator will be in touch.

Also, take a look at the update about free walk-ins below⬇️
Update on AJC expansion to South Omaha!

In case you missed it, Heartland Workforce Solutions was awarded American Rescue Plan Act Funds to expand services to South Omaha!

This center is projected to open it's doors in March 2023!

Read an article written by the Nebraska Examiner here.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides funding for recruitment and retention of teachers and nurses, as well workforce development. Grant applications will be available soon on this website. The grant application is not yet available, but an announcement will be made as soon as it goes live and applications are being accepted. 

Nursing Recruitment & Retention Grants (NRRG)

Starting in September, qualified healthcare providers may apply for $4 million in premium pay grants to help recruit and retain RN, LPN and CNA talent has been posted.

Round 1 applications accepted September 1, 2022, through January 1, 2023, as funds are available.

Teacher Recruitment & Retention Grants (TRRG)

Starting in September qualified education employers (Grades 6-12) may apply for $4 million in premium pay grants to help recruit and retain educators teaching math, science, and career and technical education.

Round 1 applications accepted September 1, 2022, through January 1, 2023, as funds are available.

Workforce Development Grants (WDG)

Starting in October, an initial $2 million in grants will be available to employers, nonprofits, educational institutions and other organizations that are helping Nebraskans hard-hit by the pandemic rejoin the workforce. 

Round 1 applications accepted October 1, 2022, through January 1, 2023, as funds are available.

Curious about what HWS can do for your business? Join us for Work With Us Wednesdays!
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 12 pm -1pm for an orientation to learn more about our services for businesses.

  • Where: Zoom link here.
  • When: September 14th & 28th @12pm - 1pm CT.

Better Business Workshops
Don't miss out on our upcoming Better Business Workshops:

  • September 15th at 1:00 p.m. Getting to know the requirement to be a federal contractor. Register Now

  • October 20th at 1:00 p.m. The American Center: A menu of services for businesses at the AJC. Register Now
Reverse Job Fair
Join us for our first ever free REVERSE JOB FAIR!

We are looking for a business like you to participate in the event. We have prepared, ready to work job seekers ready to meet with you.

Sign up here!

View and share the flyer here!
Success Stories💫
  • There were two clients referred to the WIOA Adult program by Lutheran Family Services, to receive training and supportive services. The clients were able to secure work at QLI. After working for two months, the two clients were ready to move on and move up. They are now able to take the CNA course through QLI and backed up by WIOA Adult programming and Lutheran Family Services case management. 

  • “We have been very pleased with how trained the maintenance techs come from their training classes and on to properties. The knowledge that they learn in class makes it easier for when on site and they are getting more of the hands on training. The communication we get from you and others on the team is great and we always appreciate you keeping us in mind when referring current or previous students.” -Lund Company
Interested in sharing your success story with us? Contact Jasmin Cabrera for more information!
Omaha has an impressive lineup of different industries and community members paving the way for workforce trailblazing, initiatives, and creation. We are honored to host Shawntal M. Mallory as our guest speaker on September 28, 2022 from 11AM- 12 PM CT at the Connect (2112 N 30th St.) RSVP below to learn all about Shawntal's career story and what led her to where she is now.
Are you interested in attending this event?
The Connect at Highlander (2112 N 30th St, Ste.105)

09/28/22 11:00am - 09/28/22 12:00pm

I'll be there!
I can't make it
One-Stop Facts

In the month of August 2022, we served 930 unique individuals. Of those, 10% stated they were at the American Job Center specifically looking for a job.

What is an Employer Spotlight? It's a mini hiring event held at Heartland Workforce Solutions featuring only your business. Interested in having your business participate in this? Email for more information & register today!

Become part of the ACT Work Ready Community!

What is Work Ready Communities Initiative?
The ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative is a strategic framework, where the supply of ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) earned by individuals, is matched with a demand by businesses who either recognize or recommend the credential. Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill by supporting their counties by learning how the ACT NCRC can help them find the right employee, with the right skill set. Heartland Workforce Solutions and Metropolitan Community College are partnered in supporting this initiative.

Learn more on how being part of the Work Ready Community can benefit your business at our free Lunch-and-Learn event on November 3rd 1PM - 2PM CT. Click flyer and register today!

📣Partner Shoutout!📣
A BIG shout out to a few of our on the job training (OJT) and Work Experience partners working with our young people with Dynamic Workforce Solutions!!!

⭐️Lionsgate Security
⭐️Gamble Tech Firm

Interested in participating in OJT, Work Experience, filling open positions at your business, AND getting wages paid for? Contact David Vaughn at

CRED Corner
💫UPSCALE your employees!💫
CRED, or Career Readiness to Eliminate Disparities, is a grant from the city of Omaha that can help pay for individuals to take certain courses that will result in a license, credential etc., and connect them to either employment or higher employment. Each applicant is allowed up to $1,000 a year in funding from this program. CRED can help fund many courses in fields such as healthcare, IT, construction, and many more. Feel free to reach out to the Career Readiness Coordinator, Derek Comba, at for more information, or click here for the application.

Upcoming Wood Flooring Class September 13th-15th!
Employers have the opportunity to talk with participants after the class to talk about potential job opportunities.

Contact Derek at for more information.
Featured Article
Tax Credits and Other Incentive Programs
Do you know about our Federal Fidelity Bond program?
The Federal Fidelity Bonding Program is a unique hiring tool that provides employers insurance coverage for former offenders during the first six months of employment or job promotion. The Federal Fidelity Bond provides $5,000 of insurance to cover events such as theft, larceny or embezzlement by the employee. Employers receive the Federal Fidelity Bond free-of-charge.

Presentation about the program: Fidelity Bond Grant State-Wide Training_FINAL

Labor Market Information
The following date is available thanks to the Nebraska Department of Labor.
View the full results from the LMI surveys of the Greater Omaha area here:
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