Hardworking and Educated

Good People 

Ready, willing and more than able. An essential factor in doing business is the quality of your workforce. In our region, you’ll find a population highly motivated, hard-working and dedicated, which leads to exceptional employee retention. This strong work ethic stems from our strong agricultural roots. And because education is our priority, our schools are of the highest quality with extremely dedicated teachers.

A recent study shows that our Region draws its labor from about 100,000 potential workers living in the Region and its surrounding counties.


Whether it is community colleges or four-year universities, there is a wide variety of educational opportunities with some very impressive statistics. For instance, we are the second most educated region in Iowa according to the Iowa Board of Education.

  • US. News & World Report's 2015 college lists honored Dordt College in Sioux Center with the highest ranking of any college in Iowa, fifth on the Best Regional Colleges List. Dordt College has been ranked for the last 23 years. This is the 12th time Dordt has been listed as a top 10 school.
  • Christian Universities Online named Northwestern College in Orange City among the nation's 50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities in December 2014.
  • CNN Money ranked Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon 7th among community colleges for Student Success in 2012. 

See the full list of area higher education institutions here. And read more about our workforce and training, including high school graduation rates, here

Northwest Iowa also offers career and job opportunities for people looking for any type of work. Click here to explore the opportunity that best suits you.

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