Middle Bit: GoDaddy moving 134 jobs from Hiawatha to Arizona

GoDaddy, an internet domain registrar and web hosting service with a large presence in Hiawatha, announced this week it will be implementing a restructuring that will affect hundreds of its employees.

The company stated that due to struggles with its outbound sales unit in the U.S., 814 employees are either departing, relocating, or transitioning to other roles within the company. Of those, 134 of those jobs are at its Hiawatha-based facility reports The Gazette.

The company said employees would be offered the chance to move to a consolidated sales center in Gilbert, Arizona, with some eligible to shift from the outbound to inbound business unit.

Those who are departing the company are being placed on paid administrative leave immediately through Sept. 1. Severance packages after that date will provide two weeks of pay for each full year of service for those that qualify for four weeks.

The company cited slower demand for “do-it-for-you” services that have a higher cost, and an overall decrease in sales from outbound calling to its customers.

Iowans can now access free courses through Coursera

Iowa Workforce Development has announced it is partnering with Coursera to offer free online learning opportunities to Iowans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coursera is an online learning platform with more than 4,300 courses available from a variety of academic institutions and organizations worldwide. The online classes and certificate programs are available to Iowans at no cost if they register for and enroll in any of the courses by Sept. 20, and complete their courses by Dec. 31.

“Like all states, Iowa has experienced changes in how we work and learn as a result of the pandemic. We are excited to partner with Coursera, a free online learning platform, to help Iowans who are looking to build their skill sets or explore new careers,” IWD Director Beth Townsend said in a release. “By working with Coursera, we can provide increased access to a wide variety of courses and certificates, including in high-demand careers. We also encourage employers to leverage this resource to upskill or retrain employees whose jobs were affected by the pandemic.”

Coursera participants can access courses and certificate programs in areas such as entrepreneurship, information technology and advanced manufacturing training.

Iowans can register for an account and enroll in courses here. Additional information can be found at IowaWorkforceDevelopment.gov.

Bunker Labs to celebrate launch of Des Moines Chapter

Bunker Labs, a national non-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, will celebrate the official opening of the Des Moines chapter with its first ever virtual launch party on Tuesday, July 7.

Bunker Labs seeks to inspire the military-connected community to start their own business, then equips them with the right training and connects them to the right people to grow those businesses.

Bernie Stone will serve as the Des Moines chapter’s volunteer city leader. Stone has already begun to build momentum for the new chapter by establishing strong business connections and speaking with veterans and entrepreneurs throughout the area.