Workforce Partnerships

Nursing StudentPeople are fundamental to achieving WesleyLife's mission of transforming the aging experience for older adults, wherever they call home. Without a talented workforce equipped with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes, the ability of WesleyLife and Iowa's healthcare industry to innovate and grow is severely diminished.

It is with that in mind that WesleyLife focuses on cultivating partnerships with businesses, workforce development agencies and institutions of higher learning. 

Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Learning

WesleyLife has been fostering relationships with several universities and colleges in Iowa. These strategic relationships enable us to recruit in a more efficient manner and build a stronger pipeline of talent. 

This collaboration allows for students to engage in hands-on learning in support of their academics, while gaining career-related experiences. It also allows for WesleyLife to build a competitive edge by exposing potential team members to our industry and work culture.

Here are highlights of what these partnerships entail.

Des Moines University (DMU)
  • Therapy. Therapy students work with our wellness team to design and develop customized programming to impact the physical function of our clients and residents.
  • Gardening. A Community Garden was planted on the grounds at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. DMU students, Wesley Acres residents and Dahl Adult Day Center clients help keep the garden growing. 
  • Learning. Dr. Shah frequently offers education sessions direct to our consumers, as well as to future consumers on the trends of global aging.
Iowa State University (ISU)
  • Internships. Interns use their current knowledge and abilities to develop interests and become change-makers within their communities of practice and professional areas. This can benefit not only the individual, but also their future employer.
  • Research. This work enables us to undertake longer-term research projects focused on demonstrating health and wellness outcomes using skills that we are unable to maintain in-house; and it provides us with a network of trusted partners with whom we can engage in wider collaborations.
Kaplan University (K)

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  • Health Services Leadership program (HSL). This program is designed around helping to equip students with the academic background necessary to meet the increasing needs in the healthcare industry. The HSL program contains three components: an undergraduate major and minor, with classes beginning in the fall of 2015; a post-baccalaureate certification program; and continuing education forums, seminars and conferences. The program reflects an understanding that today's health services encompasses a broad range of areas, including, but not limited to senior living, health and wellness programs, medical supplies, managerial expertise and insurance knowledge. 
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

Partnerships with Businesses

Partnerships with Workforce Development Agencies

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  • Central Iowa Works. Central Iowa Works supports four Workforce Partnerships and includes employers in four sectors, including Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Construction, Financial Services and HealthCare. Each partnership is made up of employers and/or labor representatives who meet on a monthly basis to discuss common workforce priorities and and needs in the industries. This leads to the design and development of training opportunities for job seekers and incumbent workers. WesleyLife is a member of the HealthCare partnership.