August Featured Employer: Tenco, Inc.

About Tenco

Tenco, Incorporated was founded in 1965 with the defining principle that every person has value and ability.  Tenco’s mission statement is: “To provide opportunities for people with disabilities, to develop and maintain independence in all areas of life.”  Their company Core Values are defined as Integrity, Innovation, Dedication, Excellence, Respect, Team Concept, and Communication.

Quality Control of items on a conveyor belt

Work Completed

Tenco is dedicated to building opportunities for people with disabilities to work, learn life skills, and interact with the community.  Tenco offers job and life skills, development, jobsite training, and paid employment to individuals who have been diagnosed with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and brain injury.  Tenco operates vocational centers and offers day programs and residential services in Fairfield, Ottumwa, Keosauqua, Knoxville, Centerville and Oskaloosa.

Working on a variety of projects

Services Offered

  • Organizational Employment
  • Community Employment
  • Day Habilitation Program
  • Residential Programming
  • Summer Youth and School Programs
  • Transition Home
  • Greenhouse Operation Program

Tomatoes grown at the Tenco Greenhouse
Setup for a work project






Additional Information

  • A Direct Support Professional position requires a High School Diploma or an
    equivalent, a driver’s license with a good driving record, and an ability to lift at least forty pounds.
  • Employees will need to submit to a background check for criminal history and child and dependent adult abuse.IMG_2086.jpg
  • Tenco trains a variety of job skills to individuals in their programs. On a tour of Tenco, IowaWORKS staff was shown occupational training for quality control, sorting, assembly work, food preparation and customer service with a cash register.
  • Speaking of food preparation, the Tenco Grill is open on Wednesdays at 710 Gateway Drive in Ottumwa from 11-1. Tenco serves hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken breasts, or mandarin grilled chicken salad with side
    options for $6, and they deliver for a small extra fee.  Meals are six dollars and have to be called in by 10:30 to 641-682-8114.

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