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May 2019 Newsletter

fww? Overcoming Challenges Degree leads to new career   Kory Fettkether had spent years as a farmworker doing a variety of tasks associated with raising crops and livestock on a farm near Sherrill, Iowa. While he loved the work, his pay at $8 an hour wasn’t enough to support the life Kory wished for. Knowing […]

April 2019 Newsletter

People take many things for granted, especially those things and events that occur daily: clean drinking water, lights when it gets dark, heat when it’s cold, soap for personal hygiene and to clean clothes, and the fruits and vegetables that we eat.

March 2019 Newsletter

Working toward her goal to attend college, Mary Sackreiter worked on a beef farm near Riceville, Iowa. Her duties were primarily working with the calving operation, earning $10 an hour. Her experience confirmed her interest in pursuing a career in agriculture and she enrolled at Northern Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa. While attending classes for her agricultural business major, Mary encountered financial struggles. She worked when she could, traveling back to Riceville, but she was having difficulty balancing work and student life.

February 2019 Newsletter

After being enrolled in school for some time, Hunter knew that something had to change. He was taking courses at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, pursuing a degree in electrical technology.

January 2019 Newsletter

Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault, known as MESA, is a statewide program committed to preventing sexual violence in multicultural communities and other underserved and underrepresented populations in Indiana. MESA has been providing sexual violence prevention education to migrant and seasonal farmworkers since 2003.

December 2018 Newsletter

There are many milestones in our lives. First steps, first birthdays and the first day of school. Some events we don’t remember very well because we were too young. However, there are some, “firsts,” we do remember because we felt the emotion of it in our hearts. Like the time you held your baby sister in your arms, saw your first rainbow, or admired a beautiful sunset.

November 2018 Newsletter

Having finished her second season picking grapes at a local winery, Deb Draper was ready for a change. Having spent her entire life in or around agriculture, she had come to the conclusion that as much as she loved the work, a better paying opportunity was out there. With the amount of time spent in farmwork, Deb faced a challenge in how to proceed in finding a new career. While attending a career fair in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Deb came across a Proteus booth. Here she learned about assistance options offered through the National Farmworker Jobs Program.

October 2018 Newsletter

From a very young age, Jacob Cole knew what he wanted to do with his life. Growing up he was interested in cars and motorcycles and he wanted to become a motorcycle technician. During high school, Jacob learned some basic mechanical skills, but he knew the only way to pursue a successful career would be to attend community college.

Film Event – After I Pick the Fruit

Annual Farmworker Appreciation Film Event Join us October 25 for a free showing of “After I Pick the Fruit.” Social hour – 6:00 p.m. | Film – 7:00 p.m. The Fleur Cinema and Cafe – 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa After I Pick the Fruit follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women over […]

September 2018 Newsletter

Elvia was introduced to the WNIT internship program by Proteus case manager Jesusa Rivera. When they met, Elvia expressed an interest in mechanical engineering and said she likes to fix things and learn how they work. With that knowledge, Jesusa reached out to the senior producer at WNIT, Michiana Access TV, to discuss the possibility of Elvia entering the production internship program and she was accepted.