WE Build Waterloo

WE Build Waterloo is a community-based program that provides career training, career counseling, resume assistance, interview preparation, and team building and personal skills development for those with employment barriers.

It provides financial support to Introduction to Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship, a recognized pre-apprenticeship program, where individuals learn high-demand construction skills and earn industry-recognized certifications while engaging in a residential construction or rehabilitation project of a home to later be sold to a local, lower-income families.

Additional Benefits

  • Increases the talent pipeline
  • Reduces poverty with education
  • Connects students and employers

WE Build Waterloo is made possible due to the generosity of our community. You can help in a variety of ways.

  • Time and Talent: skilled professionals can help with installation projects (ex. electrical, flooring, drywall, etc.) and student mentoring
  • Supplies: building materials, tools, and equipment
  • Financial: donations help fill the gaps

What You Get

  • Recognition as a program partner
  • Opportunity to interview students as potential employees for your organization
  • A gift recognized by the Hawkeye Community College Foundation


Roof Raisers: $75,000+

AmeriCorps Iowa
Rosemont Companies: Real Estate Development and Construction Management

Finishing Workers: $40,000 – $74,999

$ Earn x Learn: Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Home Framers: $20,000 – $39,999

Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation
Hawkeye Community College Foundation
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Here for good.

Site Preppers: $3,000 – $9,999

US Bank Foundation
Lincoln Savings Bank
Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation
Midamerican Energy Company

Construction Planners: $500 – $2,999

Campbell Supply Co. Industrial, Safety, and Construction Supplies
Sherwin Williams
ifc studios + Kut Kings
Peters Construction Corporation

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WE Build Waterloo

Contact Information

Workforce Development Coordinator

Valerie Peterson
Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center 143
319-296-4296 ext.3110
Email Valerie Peterson

Career Pathway Navigator

Dawn Jorgenson
Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center 141
319-296-2329 ext.3113
Email Dawn Jorgenson

Construction Instructor

Jacob Ham
Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center 140
319-296-2329 ext.3112
Email Jacob Ham

Workforce Training and Community Development

Automation and Robotics Center
TechWorks Campus
360 Westfield Ave
Waterloo, IA 50701

319-232-2751 (fax)

TTY: Relay Iowa is a telecommunications service providing full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and/or speech impaired.

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Program Awards

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