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October 27, 2015

FREE Career Connection Resources to check out TODAY!!

by Elaine Cook

Both Iowa Central Community College & Iowa Lakes Community College have a great resource for you to call and check out today!!   Their Career Connections programs can help you  and your students explore local careers and gain work experience by linking you to area businesses for a variety of activities including:

  • Worksite Tours
  • Job Shadows
  • Internships
  • Career Exploration Activities

Both colleges are assigned specific schools that they can serve, which are listed below.  Please CALL or EMAIL YOUR DISTRICT’S CONTACT TODAY to see if they can help you connect your students to any of the services/activities listed above.  Oh, and yes…. and did I mention that this basically FREE to the school?!?!

Iowa Central Community College

Iowa Central Career Connections is a work-based learning program designed to help prepare students be successful as they transition into the workforce by connecting them to local businesses to explore an assortment of fulfilling career options. Their goal is to create a lasting impression on our future workforce by helping them attain the appropriate skills and knowledge of careers in their interest so they can be better prepared for life after high school as well as make better post-secondary decisions. Some of the services that they provide to help students explore careers are job shadows, internships, career exploration days such as Career Days, Career on Wheels, etc. They also organize worksite tours for students and teachers. Besides offering activities or events, they can provide mock interviews and career planning and assistance such as career assessments and personality tests. This last year, they worked with 5,719 students through their activities, events, and services.

Some of the other services they can provide are beneficial and useful to teachers. One of the biggest ways they can be of service to teachers is to set up classroom tours or guest speakers. Last year, they arranged 11 tours for 104 students  and 42 guest speakers for 776 students. This year they are focusing on trying to offer work-based learning opportunities for educators as well. Their goal is to offer 3 tours for teachers by providing stipends for their substitute teacher.  They also are currently working on developing an externship program during the summer.

Schools the serve:   Alta-Aurelia, Clarion-Goldfield,   Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge Sr. High, Humboldt,     Greene County, Laurens-Marathon, Manson NW Webster, Newell-Fonda, Northeast Hamilton, Paton-Churdan, Pocahontas, Southeast Valley, Sioux Central, South Hamilton, St. Edmond’s, St. Mary’s, Storm Lake, East Sac & Webster City



Iowa Lakes Community College

At Iowa Lakes Community College, students will explore various career opportunities and learn about necessary skills within various professions. Experts throughout the region from various industries and area businesses will provide first-hand knowledge sharing discussions with students who will have a chance to inquire further into a particular career field.”

In addition, Iowa Lakes will provide professional development opportunities for secondary students and teachers. Professional development opportunities will include the chance to job shadow, tour regional businesses and industries, participate in internships at a worksite, and join in career-advising sessions.  Professional development opportunities will help to incorporate the soft skill strategies needed for success in today’s market, as well as first-hand career readiness knowledge.

Serving School districts in:   Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, and Palo Alto counties


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